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Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer. I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.
Athol Fugard
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minoracts · 7 days ago
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'I found myself believing, and it is a belief, an act of faith that has stayed with me to this day that putting words on paper is a valid form of action. You know you can throw stones, petrol bombs, molotov cocktails as hard as much as you like at those armoured cars that come in with their big guns, but you're not gonna do much damage. Words can do much, much more than that. Words can get inside those armoured cars. Words can get inside the heads of the people inside those armoured cars, and in a way that is...that is under that basic belief, that act of faith, underlies all my work in theatre.'--Athol Fugard
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inthenoosphere · 8 months ago
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I can’t think of a single one of my plays that does not represent a coincidence between an external and an internal event. Something outside of me, outside even my own life, something I read in a newspaper or witness on the street, something I see or hear, fascinates me. I see it for its dramatic potential. That external event affords me the opportunity to deal with what has been building up inside me.
Athol Fugard, Athol Fugard, The Art of Theater No. 8, Interviewed by Lloyd Richards, The Paris Review, Issue 111, Summer 1989
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guginosource · 11 months ago
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Carla Gugino as Elsa Barlow in Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca
“ELSA: I think I lost control of myself. I screamed louder and longer than I have ever done in my life. I can’t describe it, Helen. I hated her, I hated the baby, I hated you for dragging me all the way up here... and most of all I hated myself. That baby is mine, Helen. Patience is my sister, you are our mother... and I still feel fucking lonely.”
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hayleylovesjessica · a year ago
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“You must give and take with the same action.”
--Dimetos, Athol Fugard
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rissagomespt · a year ago
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Amor é a única energia que eu já usei enquanto escritor. Nunca escrevi com raiva, embora a raiva tenha informado o amor.
Athol Fugard
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rissagomes · a year ago
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Love is the only energy I’ve ever used as a writer. I’ve never written out of anger, although anger has informed love.
Athol Fugard
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guginosource · 2 years ago
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Carla Gugino as Elsa Barlow in Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca
“Elsa is a complex woman indeed, and I have really only scratched the surface of who she is at this point. But certain things feel clear to me. She is headstrong, fiercely intelligent, has a strong passion for equality, and is willing to fight for it. She is completely lost within herself as a woman in this particular moment in her life. She is having a crisis of conscience when we find her in The Road to Mecca.She is grappling with who she is, who Helen is, and what she’s invested in who she wants Helen to be. What she does know is that she wants to fight for freedom: hers, Helen’s, and that of the black people of South Africa.”
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rhtdramaturgy · 3 years ago
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The Guardian’s Interview with Athol Fugard
Fugard speaks to the ills of present-day South Africa in 2014
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rhtdramaturgy · 3 years ago
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Athol Fugard Lambasts Modern South Africa
Fugard’s thoughts on the direction in which his country was heading in 2010
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madego · 3 years ago
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Behind the scenes at our production of Athol Fugard’s “MASTER HAROLD”...and the boys (The Little Carib Theatre, 1995).
Clockwise from top left - Me in the rafters of the theatre trying to get a good shot of the stage set from above (the first stage set I ever designed!); Me attempting to style Christopher Sheppard’s - “Sam” - recently processed hair; Kurtis Gross - “Willie” - asleep during rehearsal; Wardrobe Master Nicolas Boisselle.
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littletropicalthunder · 4 years ago
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infamoussayings · 4 years ago
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You can't legislate into existence an act of forgiveness and a true confession; those are mysteries of the human heart, and they occur between one individual and another individual, not a panel of judges sitting asking questions, trying to test your truth.
Athol Fugard
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parksquaretheatre · 5 years ago
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A Right Worth Fighting For
By Vincent S. Hannam
Whilst browsing the Internet this afternoon, taking in my daily quota of current events, I happened upon this video about South African students clashing with police to protest tuition hikes at universities. 
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Students are violently protesting college tuition hikes. 
As the cost for college in the U.S. skyrockets with no immediate solution in sight, why aren’t we rebelling en masse like the South Africans? I think I can speak for my generation when I say the cost of college is too damn high! I know education seems to always sit on the back burner in this country, but could South African society just really cherish education so much that they’re willing to risk their own lives for it? Well, as My Children! My Africa! at Park Square demonstrates - yes.  
Every single person on this earth is entitled to education because it represents the key to unlocking the world-changing power in all of us. Perversely, it is because of this great power that those in control have always sought to limit its accessibility. Education is the great equalizer and the people of South Africa know this enough to realize that the price increase will only serve to shut out the country’s poor - a majority of whom are black. Now I am not suggesting a nefarious conspiracy by the country’s white elite to keep blacks out of college, but in a country continuing to heal from apartheid, this kind of division may not be a constructive step in the right direction.
Black or white, these students have every right to fight for an education that should be as accessible as possible. Clearly, the dots can be connected from the events unfolding in Johannesburg to My Children! My Africa! which premiered in that city in 1989. Then as now, the citizens of South Africa still have some hard questions to ask themselves but we definitely do too as we deal with our own education and racial disparities. 
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not-so-improbable · 5 years ago
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Reading Combating Discrimination
I recently read ““Master Harold”…and the boys” and it got me thinking about the books I’ve read that have shaped my opinions of racism and discrimination. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, “Loser” and “Star Girl” by Jerry Spinelli are all worthy of noting. All of them, in some mode, spoke to the issues of racism and/or discrimination. I read somewhere that those who read gain greater empathy than those who do not. I imagine this is because we can enter into another’s brain, follow how they think and perceive the world, even if it’s just for a short while. Also, I think it allows us to be an impartial third party to some of the atrocities of the world. (I use the word “impartial” lightly, for we certainly get attached to the characters we read about.) We see how foolish it is for pureblood wizards to discriminate against muggleborn wizards, which we can translate into our own world and see how foolish it is for certain raced people to discriminate against other raced people. We see how unfairly Hally treats Sam, and how blind he is pretending to be against all of the wonderful, fatherly things Sam has done for him. We have our hearts broken by the shunning of a kind hearted boy just because he is a little different-though we do not see his differences, we only see him. We cheer every time Huck goes against his society and what they think it right by being kind to Jim. Books can teach us in ways other things cannot. Maybe if more people read, really read, more books like these, our world would be a slightly less discrimination place.
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itsherblog · 5 years ago
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Do you know how you hurt yourself? - by dreaming a fucking forbidden dream!
Blood Knot by Athol Fugard
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la-la-la-loser · 5 years ago
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Just when things are going all right, without fail someone or something will come along and spoil everything. Somebody should write that down as a fundamental law of the Universe. The principle of perpetual disappointment.
Athol Fugard, "'Master Harold'... And the Boys"
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