Exits and Entrances
by Athol Fugard
directed by Chris Jorie
Patrick Lynch, scenic design
Eric Propp, costume design
John Malinowski, lighting design
David Wilson, sound design
Basia Goszczynska, properties design
Amy Weissenstein*, stage manager
Cast (in alphabetical order)
Will Lyman*, Andre
Ross MacDonald*, The Playwright
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Photo Credit: Ross MacDonald as The Playwright and Will Lyman as Andre in EXITS AND ENTRANCES at New Rep. Photo: Andrew Brilliant/ Brilliant Pictures.
Exits and Entrances
a drama by Athol Fugard
directed by Chris Jorie
featuring Will Lyman and Ross MacDonald
February 22-March 15, 2009
"It movingly speaks of theater's potential to shape lives in enduring ways, even as it acknowledges the evanescence of the art form." – The New York Times
"Knifelike power... [Fugard] can say more with a single line than most playwrights convey in an entire script." - Variety
He's dying of unimportance.
Engulfed in a world defined by the division of apartheid, a young man, addressed only as "the Playwright," prepares an arrogant and aging star for the evening's performance of Oedipus Rex. The Playwright struggles to find his voice, and the actor confronts his fear of no longer being admired, needed or wanted. As they debate, the pair find themselves at odds about why art matters and the extent of its impact on the world.
*member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
After each Sunday 2:00pm performance of Exits and Entrances, the cast,
a member of New Rep's artistic staff, and a special guest spoke with the audience
about the play, its themes, and its context.
March 1, 2009 – The History of Apartheid with Diana Wylie, a history professor at Boston University who specializes specifcally in South African history.
Diana Wylie is professor of history at Boston University. Wylie has lived and worked in North Africa (Algeria and Morocco), East Africa (Kenya), West Africa (Ghana), and Southern Africa (Botswana and South Africa). In 2002, she won the African Studies Association's Melville J. Herskovits book prize for Starving on a Full Stomach: The Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa. In 2008 she published Art + Revolution, The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist.
March 8, 2009 – Being an Artist during Apartheid with Jon White-Spunner, currently the Director of Community Development at Stoneham Theatre. Mr. White-Spunner is originally from South Africa and worked for ten years with the prestigious Market Theatre Foundation in Johannesburg.
Jon White-Spunner began his theatre career in South Africa where he worked in a variety of theatres culminating in ten years at the prestigious Market Theatre Foundation in Johannesburg, first as General Manager, and finally as Managing Trustee. He also served as a World Tour Manager in a period when Market Theatre productions were touring across the globe. In this capacity, he toured productions to fourteen countries on three continents, including extensively in the United States. He has lived in the United States for the past seventeen years. In Los Angles, he co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of the 24th Street Theatre and was an adjunct professor on the faculty of the School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. He spent five years in Pennsylvania as Managing Director of The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Since 2004, he has been living and working in Boston where he serves as Director of Community Development at Stoneham Theatre.
March 15, 2009 – Post-Apartheid South Africa with Corinne Rosseel, who teaches a seminar on South Africa at the Codman Academy for students preparing to study abroad. She was an election observer in the township of Alexandra during the frst democratic election in 1994 and was fortunate enough to attend the inauguration of Nelson Mandela.
Corinne Rosseel lived and worked in South Africa from January until August of 1994. During this time she worked in a secondary school with students from all over Soweto, developed a writing program, and partnered with many local black writers to emphasize the power of words with her students. She was an election observer in the township of Alexandra during the first democratic election in 1994 and was fortunate enough to attend the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, whose story continually inspires her. She shares her enthusiasm about South Africa with students from all over the world. She spent three years teaching South African studies in an academic High School in Japan, as well as at the Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts. She developed and has taught a course for students at Codman Academy that are preparing to study abroad for the last five years. She believes that the study of South Africa is central to better understanding the importance of human rights and human dignity in the world and believes that South Africa's story has important lessons to teach us about courage, resisting oppression, forgiveness, and reconciliation.