Newport, KY — April 5, 2017 — Falcon Theatre closes out its 2016-17 season with Athol Fugard’s intensely powerful MASTER HAROLD…AND THE BOYS. Set in Apartheid South Africa of the 1950s, Master Harold explores racism, hate, and how intertwining relationships affect each other, both for good and for bad.
The story recounts a long and rainy afternoon that a white teenager named Hally spends with Willie and Sam, black servants who work in the tearoom owned by Hally’s mother. Sam has affectionately regarded the teen almost as a nephew since Hally was a child and has tried to shepherd the youth into adulthood. The afternoon’s friendly conversations of pleasant, shared memories and of Hally’s current life are halted by the news that Hally’s absent alcoholic and racist father is coming home from the hospital. Knowing that his father’s tyrannical presence will make his home life unbearable with his drinking, fighting, and need for constant attention, Hally becomes distraught and lashes out at his longtime mentor. The possibly permanent rifts that the teen causes in the relationship become the focus of the story.
The play won the 1982 New York Drama Desk Award and the 1983 London Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Zakes Mokae earned a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sam in the original Broadway production.
The production is directed by Ted Weil and features the following cast:
- Sam: Ken Early*
- Hally: Rupert Spraul
- Willie: Deondra Means
Performances will be May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 8PM. To purchase tickets online please visit www.falcontheater.net or you can call the Box office at 513-479-6783
*appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.