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“CRITIC’S PICK! “This stirring revival is part of the triumphant inaugural season at The Pershing Square Signature Center. I found myself with tears in my eyes!"

-Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Immaculate! Moving beyond words!”

-Roma Torre, NY1

“POWERFUL! Ruben Santiago-Hudson and THE trio of actors are so keened to Fugard’s deceptively simple plot that we barely see what’s coming!”

-Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg

“Deserves both of those exclamation points! Performances are top notch!”

-Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News

In a classroom in a small Eastern Cape Karoo town in South Africa in 1984, Mr. M, an idealistic teacher, seeks to provide a future for his gifted student Thami by forming a debate team with Isabel, a spirited student from the local white school. But outside the classroom Mr. M’s hopes for Thami are challenged by their generational divide and increasing political unrest.

Written in 1989 shortly before the end of apartheid, My Children! My Africa! presents an honest and unflinching portrait of a country on the brink of revolution, and is a testament to the power and potential of youth, hope, and ideas.

IMAGE: Athol Fugard. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

Preview

Trailer

Backstage

PHOTOS FROM FIRST REHEARSAL!

IMAGE: Actor Stephen Tyrone Williams (Thami). Photo by Erik Carter Photography.

Who’s Who

by Athol Fugard
directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

CAST

Isabel: Allie Gallerani
Mr. M: James A. Williams
Thami: Stephen Tyrone Williams
 

Creative team

Scenic Design: Neil Patel
Costume Design: Karen Perry
Lighting Design: Marcus Doshi
Sound Design: Robert Kaplowitz
Music: Bobby McFerrin
Dialects: Ron Kunene, Barbara Rubin
Production Stage Manager: Amanda Michaels
Casting: Telsey + Company
 

Cast

Allie Gallerani

Isabel
Cast

Stage credits include "The Metal Children," "Taming of the Shrew”, and "The Crucible." Starred in film short "Ballad of Barbara Allen" and upcoming feature "Emoticon." At Northwestern University: "Hair" "Romeo and Juliet," "Angels in America," and "The House of Blue Leaves."

James A. Williams

Mr. M
Cast
Broadway: Radio Golf, Off Broadway: Jitney (Union Square) Walkers (Hudson Guild). Regional: Centerstage, Goodman, Guthrie, Illusion, Mark Taper, McCarter, Park Square, Penumbra, Pillsbury House, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Two River Film/Television: In The Line of Duty: The Hunt for Justice

Stephen Tyrone Williams

Thami
Cast

STEPHEN TYRONE WILLIAMS holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Communication Studies from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Select Theatre: Burning (The New Group), Adam Rapp’s Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (Hartford Stage) and Fences (Seattle Rep/Syracuse Stage-SALT Nom); Lynn Nottage's Ruined (Intiman Theatre/Geffen Playhouse-PULITZER Prize); The Laramie Project (Gallery Players), Topdog/Underdog (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), and To Kill a Mockingbird (Virginia Stage Company). Select Film&TV: Children of God, Stag & Doe (HBO), Restless City (Sundance 2011) and the upcoming Greetings from Tim Buckley and David Mamet's Phil Spector Project w/ Al Pacino (HBO). For more info visit www.stephentyrone.com.

Creative Team

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Director
Creative Team

RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON- Directing; JITNEY, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, SEVEN GUITARS, THINGS OF DRY HOURS, GEM OF THE OCEAN, RADIO GOLF, THE FIRST BREEZE OF SUMMER. The Signature Theater Company, The Kennedy Center, Two Rivers Theater Company, The NY Theater Workshop, The McCarter Theater, A.C.T. San Francisco. Acting; (Broadway) STICK FLY, GEM OF THE OCEAN, SEVEN GUITARS, JELLY’S LAST JAM. (Off-Broadway) THE WINTER’S TALE, LACKAWANNA BLUES, HENRY III, EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN, A SOLDIER’S PLAY etc… TONY AWARD, OBIE AWARD, OUTER CRITCS, AUDELCO, CLARENCE DERWENT, HELEN HAYES and an NAACP LIFE TIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD.

Preview

Trailer

PRODUCTION PHOTOS


All photos by Joan Marcus.

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson on My Children! My Africa!

 

Athol Fugard on My Children! My Africa!

Backstage

Video from First Rehearsal

FIRST REHEARSAL PHOTOS


All photos by Erik Carter.

Performance Info

First Performance:

May 1

Last Performance:

June 17, 2012



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