“Master Harold” … and the Boys Kicks Off Tonight

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Athol Fugard’s South Africa-set tale of life during apartheid returns to the New York stage.
Playwright and director Athol Fugard Gregory Costanzo

Performances begin October 18 for the Signature Theatre’s staging of “Master Harold” … and the Boys by Athol Fugard. Set in South Africa in 1950, the play looks at life during apartheid and the consequences of deep oppression.

The Off-Broadway production is also directed by Tony winner Fugard, with a cast made up of Leon Addison Brown (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek), Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah (FELA!) and Noah Robbins (Grease Live!). Performances take place at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, with an official opening night slated for November 7.

“Master Harold” … and the Boys takes place inside a small tea shop occupied by two black men and a young white boy. “[They] joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love,” state production notes. “But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.”

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The design team for “Master Harold” … and the Boys includes Christopher H. Barreca (scenic design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), John Gromada (sound design), and Barbara Rubin (dialect coach). Linda Marvel is the production stage manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company.

To purchase tickets call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit SignatureTheatre.org. The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, New York.

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