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2007 thoughts : R/G are Dead -- I'm directing one play!
3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
prof. Anatoly Antohin Theatre UAF AK 99775 USA (907)474-5253
SummaryI made the Island pages, when I wanted to have my online portfolio. It was long ago....
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2004 & After
Athol Fugard's The Island, set on South Africa's notorius Robben Island prison which held Nelson Mandela for 17 years until 1990, is considered one of the most significant plays of the thwentieth century.
It tells the story of two prisoners labouring in a quarry by day and rehearsing for the prison concert scenes from Sophocles' Antigone in their cells at night.
AC Grayling at the Online Review London reviews the 2002 performance of The Island at the Old Vic.
2006 - 2007
QUESTIONS: Political theatre? Now when the apartheid is over, what is this play about?
Done: "man is an island" -- today he is an archipelago. Two as One. One as Two, as many.
Grotovsky and Fugard (and Artaud?). Eating, drinking, washing as rituals.
Arena stage. Poor Theatre.
TIME: now? 1973?
Pre-show music -- reggae?
Night sounds: knocks, whispers, cries.
1. VOICES from behind the walls, other prisoners. Screams. Knocking on the floor, walls. Guards = voices, laughter. The shadows.
2. DREAMING: The world outside the prison -- music. Plus, children chorus (live?): Siyahamba. Two sisters, Ismene and Antigony, enter men's dreams. Night, darkness, freedom. Night is tender, the rest from life.
Their day sounds. Strong search light, during the day; a siren, dogs, whistles, commands. Prison lights from the watch tower. Handcuffed together.
Images: sand, water and -- women as prayers.
South African language (see "South African Suite"). Drums.
Chalk on black floor -- pictures. Rags.
...A PLACE WITH THE PIGS Athol Fugard's 1987 play was based on the true story of a Russian army deserter who was discovered in a pig sty in 1985, having holed up there for 44 years; in Fugard's hands it became a parable about freedom. Pavel, paralysed and imprisoned by rooting in the trough of his own guilt and fear, can only reclaim his humanity by letting it, and his pigs, go, so ending "decades of mutual filth and abuse". On a circle of corrugated iron and clapboard, with pigs snuffling at close quarters, his journey into madness and torment, where the only two certainties are "pigshit and time", is manically charted by Gerry Mulgrew, diving into the slime in self loathing and disgust. Kenneth Glenaan's production combines menace, a Pythonesque violence, and a knockabout jauntiness. With Mulgrew's committed performance, and that from Gerda Stevenson as his long suffering wife, the play is given a vigorous airing by the Communicado company. Box office: 0131 228 1404 Traverse Mark Cook MENUCHOICESREVIEWSLISTINGSDIARYFEEDBACKSEARCHARCHIVE © Guardian Media Group plc 1995. All rights reserved. Edited & designed by PDU
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