Real Life, Drama

 

It would be hard to imagine a more relevant drama for all of us involved with Teach with Africa: against the backgrop of an education system in crisis, a hopeful African teacher struggles to lift his students above the strife and violence that is boiling in their black township. Current day drama or real-life scenario?

Both as real life and as “theater of power, glory, and majestic language” (The New York Times), the heartfelt and moving play by Nobel Prize-winner Fugard is being presented in Marin County. The drama “My children! My Africa!” follows the friendship of two teenagers (one black, one white) in apartheid-torn South Africa,

Teach with Africa partnered with the Marin Theatre Company to offer its supporters discounted ticket prices to the January 25th showing of “My Children! My Africa!”

Tickets are regularly $41, but at this particular performance the tickets were only $31 for each Teach with Africa supporter – and a wine and cheese reception precedes the event at the theatre (397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley) – to honor our TWA Fellows, Host Committee and Event Committee members and to thank them for all of their work and support. Reception is at 6 P.M., with curtain at 7 P.M.

Athol Fugard, praised by The New Yorker as “a primary candidate for either the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Nobel Peace Prize,” confronts the tragedy of apartheid in his native land of South Africa in this compelling and hopeful tale. A humble teacher in a segregated township is determined to match his most gifted student with an enthusiastic white schoolgirl in an English literature competition. As the drilling for the competition advances and political unrest worsens, friendships become colored by impassioned debates, and the three characters struggle to find resolution to South Africa’s racial and social divides. Starring Glynn Turman (Cooley High, HBO’s The Wire, and recipient of the NAACP’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre), Meghan Heimbecker, and Yaegel Welch.
A few tickets are still available. Contact Amy Schoew, amy@teachwithafrica.org.

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