In apartheid South Africa, where intimate interracial relationships are illegal, a black man and a white woman share more than just their love, baring all in the face of oppression and uncertainty. Athol Fugard’s Statements is a remarkable love story that stands as a strident reminder of the intolerance and cruelty of a not-so-distant past. Contains nudity.
Detective-Sergeant J. du Preez
Detective-Sergeant J. du Preez
TIM SPEARS* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good, The Elephant Man, Amadeus, and Mister Roberts. He also appeared in Good this past summer Off-Broadway (PTP/NYC). Other New York City credits include A Question of Mercy and Assistant Director on Monster (PTP/NYC); and JUMP! and Realism (The Exchange). Other Boston credits include Clybourne Park (Speakeasy Stage Company); Uncle Jack, Monster, House (IRNE Nomination), Good, and A Question of Mercy (Boston Center for American Performance); and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). Mr. Spears received a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. Born in Texas, he now resides in Somerville.
Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include The Captain’s Tiger, Valley Song, My Children! My Africa, A Lesson from Aloes, The Island, and the award-winning Sizwe Banzi is Dead. Mr. Fugard has received six honorary degrees from esteemed colleges and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
JIM PETOSA (Director, Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). While at Boston University, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre, in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including The Gift Horse, Brecht on Brecht, Good, Freud’s Last Session, The Testament of Mary, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Boston, his work was nominated for two IRNE awards for A Question of Mercy (BCAP). He has served as one of three artistic leaders for the Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) since 1987. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, and he earned the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy.
* member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
Wednesday 1/31 at 7:30pm
Thursday 2/15 at 2pm
Sunday 2/18 at 2pm
Sunday 2/25 at 2pm
Athol Fugard is a South African playwright, director, and actor whose work gained international attention with the 1961 premiere of his play The Blood Knot. Fugard’s plays, including Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, frequently confront the apartheid system of racial segregation laws, the enforcement of which he witnessed first hand as a clerk at the Native Commissioner’s Court. His openly political work led to the confiscation of his passport by the South African government and the surveillance of his theatre company by the secret police.
The Immorality Act of the play’s title was initially enacted in 1927 to prohibit extramarital sex between white and black South Africans, punishable by up to five years in prison for the man and four years for the woman. The act was amended in 1950, expanding the ban to all “Europeans” and “non-Europeans,” respectively. The Act remained law until 1985’s Immorality and Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Amendment Act, one of the early legislative steps towards the end of apartheid.
New Rep has produced three of Fugard’s plays:
A Lesson from Aloes (1988-1989 Season)
My Children! My Africa! (1992-1993 Season – Boston Premiere)
Exits and Entrances (2008-2009 Season – New England Premiere)
Paul Villani and Wiley Moore in A Lesson From Aloes
Will Lyman and Ross MacDonald in Exits and Entrances