Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday afternoon I went to see the A.C.T. production of "Blood Knot" by Athol Fugard (one of my all-time favorite playwrights).
Originally performed in South Africa in 1961, this play tells the story of two brothers -- one a dark-skinned black and one light-skinned enough to pass for white. It examines ingrained racism and how skin color affects behavior -- of both whites and blacks.
In 1961 South Africa's laws prohibited multiracial events, yet Fugard -- a white man -- performed this two man play with his friend Zakes Mokae, a black jazz saxophonist-turned-actor.
Fugard has this amazing ability to tackle taboo topics in a meaningful way where the dialogue soars yet is completely believable at the same time.
When I bought my ticket I was seated in Row J, but when I picked up my ticket the Box Office agreed to move me to an empty seat in Row AA. I just love being that close.