PLAYING POLITICS

An African play with universal appeal

Talk about an arresting performance: When South African actors Winston Ntshona and John Kani first performed their play, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (co-written with Athol Fugard), in 1972, the government detained them. But they continued to perform the play, even sharing a Tony Award for Best Actor (an unprecedented event) at the 1975 ceremonies. Some 30 years on, Ntshona and Kani are still telling their touching political tale of an itinerant worker who masquerades as a dead man in order to love. Though the days of apartheid in South Africa are long over, director Aubrey Sekhabi says the play still can speak for “anyone living under an oppressive system anywhere in the world.”
Tue., April 8, 7:30 p.m., 2008
 
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