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Seminal South African playwright debuts at the Shaw Festival

-  Athol Fugard work begins previews June 30 –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 29, 2016) — “Master Harold”…and the Boys, one of Athol Fugard’s most powerful plays, previews at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre on June 30. Fueled by the South African playwright’s recollections of his youth, this incendiary play lights a fuse that ultimately explodes, addressing racial injustice that lingers far beyond its apartheid era setting.

With award-winning director Philip Akin at the helm, “Master Harold”…and the Boys marks the Shaw Festival’s third production partnership with Toronto’s Obsidian Theatre Company. The set and costumes designed by Peter Hartwell, along with lighting design by Kevin Lamotte and dance sequences by Valerie Moore, transform the Court House Theatre into an intimate tea room where audiences witness the private interactions of young Hally (James Daly) growing up in the company of two servants, Sam (André Sills) and Willie (Allan Louis). When Hally learns his tyrannical and racist father is returning home, he succumbs to the cultural hatred fostered by apartheid, costing him and his friends dearly.

“Master Harold”…and the Boys is on stage at the Court House Theatre (26 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake) from June 30 to September 10 (opening July 22).

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

James Daly
Allan Louis
André Sills
Hally
Willie
Sam

Creative & Production:

Philip Akin
Peter Hartwell
Kevin Lamotte
Valerie Moore
Beatrice Campbell
Ivory Neal
Andrea Schurman
Director
Set & Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Dance Sequences
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager (to May 29)
Assistant Stage Manager (from May 26)

The Shaw Festival’s 2016 season is on stage April 9 through October 30. The playbill features Alice in Wonderland, A Woman of No Importance, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Uncle Vanya, “Master Harold” …and the Boys, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, Our Town, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Engaged, and The Dance of Death. Tickets for the Shaw Festival’s 2016 Season are available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 or online at www.shawfest.com.

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