By Kenneth Jones
29 May 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The cast includes Allie Gallerani (Off-Broadway debut) as Isabel, James A. Williams (Jitney) as Mr. M and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Burning) as Thami. Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin provides music for the production.
"In a classroom in a small Eastern Cape Karoo town in South Africa in 1984, Mr. M, an idealistic teacher, seeks to provide a future for his gifted student Thami by forming a debate team with Isabel, a spirited student from the local white school," according to Signature. "But outside the classroom Mr. M's hopes for Thami are challenged by their generational divide and increasing political unrest."
The play was written in 1989 shortly before the end of apartheid.
South African writer Fugard is the Signature's Residency One playwright. Residency One is the "one-year residency that explores a series of plays from the body of work of one writer, providing in-depth insight into an individual artist." Residency One represents the company's founding mission; new initiatives have since formed, populating three new theatre spaces at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
For more information, visit signaturetheatre.org.