Freedom Theatre: The Island
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:30pm
Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre 37th and O St., N.W., Washington
Monday and Tuesday, September 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.
By Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona
Following sold-out performances at its community-based theatre and cultural center in Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine, Freedom Theatre gives a historic performance of 'The Island' at Georgetown as part of its inaugural U.S. tour. This South African apartheid-era drama, inspired by a true story, is set in a prison and revolves around a cellmate who is soon to be released, and another who is serving a life sentence. The two spend their days at mind-numbing physical labor while at night rehearsing for a performance of Sophocles? ?Antigone.? Is Antigone guilty of defying the laws of the state to bury her brother? Who decides? Under which law? This innovative adaptation reflects the experiences of Palestinian political prisoners, highlighting the parallels between South Africa under apartheid and Palestine today.
Each performance will be followed by discussions with the artists and leading policymakers/officials, in collaboration with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, an initiative of the Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program and the School of Foreign Service.
DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DEVINE STUDIO THEATRE
$15 GENERAL/$12 FACULTY, STAFF, SENIOR, ALUMNI / $7 STUDENT
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