Winner of the Heideman Award at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1985, this drama is a fictionalized account of a true event. It tells the story of two celebrated black South African actors who have traveled to America to perform, but are caught up in the world’s boycott of their country’s apartheid system – a system they have struggled all their lives to overcome.

Now available in a 90-minute, full-length edition from Samuel French.

“…a play of remarkable distinction…rare among American dramas in that it boldly brings up a moral issue for examination in strong theatrical terms. This is not a little play about little people leading lives of no importance…Succeeds in making it all emotionally engrossing as well as intellectually stimulating…the drama is 90 intense minutes…that brooks neither an intermission nor a resolution” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

“…deserves to be widely seen.” – The Guardian, London

“…a very interesting exploration…drew deserved cheers from the sophisticated festival audience for ensuring that both our intellects and our emotions had been thoroughly engaged. That balanced involvement of both thinking and feeling is the very essence of theatre.” – The Irish Times

“States the problem with heart-breaking clarity…crisp, clever dialogue…brings out all the poignancy of an enforced privacy for those vulnerable people who life is, above all else, their very public art.” – Time Magazine

“…richly written” – The Village Voice

“…it makes its point clearly and forcefully.” – The Wall Street Journal

“A situation electric with ironies, blazing with emotional force and moral complexities…A stunning moment of dramatic truth.” – Louisville Courier Journal

“Gripping, entirely convincing…a profound and memorable experience.” – Sacramento Bee

A shorter version of the play was published in Literary Cavalcade magazine, included in the anthology Best Short Plays-1986 in the U.S., and was included in the anthology Dialog in Poland.


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