Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s powerful and searingly topical play - Oleanna.
Starring award-winning actor and comedian Alan Committie (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Love Factually, Defending the Caveman) as John, opposite actress and TV star Nicole Fortuin (SABC 3’s RoerJouVoete, Generations – The Legacy, Swartwater, and Warner Bros’ A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits) as Carol,this hard-hitting two-hander will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre for a strictly limited season from 14 September 2018.
Oleanna is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s Resident Director Greg Karvellas (Shakespeare in Love, Significant Other, The Road to Mecca, The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, Champ).
In Oleanna, a female college student engages with her male professor in a heated discussion about his lesson content and teaching style. The relationship of a somewhat pedantic teacher and his student quickly turns into a fiendishly acute x-ray of the mechanisms of status, censorship, abuse and a charge of sexual harassment. It examines the explosive and relevant contemporary issues of the assumption of power, intellectual freedom and sexual politics against the background of academic, institutional and structural inequality.
This volatile drama will ignite discussion and debate. Did a crime take place? Is Carol’s eventual charge the only way of regaining power over John? Is the truth even relevant after such an accusation?
Set Design is by Chris Pienaar, Costume Design by Birrie le Roux and Lighting Design by Luke Ellenbogen.
Comments about international productions of the play have included Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times noting, “Experiencing David Mamet's play Oleanna on the stage was one of the most stimulating experiences I've had in a theater.” Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter,who directed the London premiere production, commented, “There can be no tougher or more unflinching play than Oleanna,” and legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times said “"Oleanna" is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year”.
"We are delighted to welcome Alan Committie, one of South Africa's most popular faces and versatile actors, back to the Fugard Theatre stage, starring opposite Nicole Fortuin, one of the country's most talented rising stars. Oleanna is a powerful and searingly topical play, that will no doubt stimulate discussion and debate," says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.
Oleanna carries an age restriction of no under 16.
Oleanna will be presented in the Fugard Studio Theatre from 14 September for a limited season. It will be performed on Tuesday to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee on Saturdays at 3pm. Sunday performances will be presented from Sunday 30 September at 3pm.
Tickets from R150 are available directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or online at www.thefugard.com. There is a 15% discount for Friends of the Fugard and a 10% discount for pensioners. These discounted tickets can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office.
Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from the Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar.
There is secure parking for a small fee directly opposite the Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.
Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs, if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.