Thursday, April 26, 2007

Master Harold... and the Boys at SPT

Seattle Public Theater brings influential Master Harold…and the boys to Green Lake

Athol Fugard’s powerful production focuses on hope, humor, and dancing

in time of South African apartheid

SEATTLE, Wash. – In a unique opportunity for theatergoers, Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse will be concluding its 2006-2007 season with legendary playwright Athol Fugard’s Master Harold...and the boys, beginning May 17- June 10, 2007 . A definitive statement on the influences of South African apartheid in the mid- to late-twentieth century, this production delves even deeper into the complex and often humorous cross-racial relationships formed in South African day-to-day life.

Frequently noted as commentary on how institutionalized racism and hatred can become absorbed by those under its control, Artistic Director Shana Bestock sees the play as a message of our common humanity and as appeal for compassion. “I chose the play because Fugard's craft of writing a play is masterful, and ties together the personal and political so seamlessly that the craft of the play itself sends a powerful message about what it is to be human and to live in the world. The structure of the play also resonates with my own search for how I create and inform the community I live in, and how my actions and beliefs are shaped by the lessons I've learned from my parents and teachers.”

Although the play speaks to heavy topics with serious social overtones, Bestock makes sure the audience enjoys the comedy within the play as well. “I would hate to see theatergoers put off by the idea that this is “heavy drama.” There are a lot of laughs in Fugard despite the oppressive situation the country was dealing with. The play comes alive through the specific relationships of these three men who are full of energy, humor, and intelligence."

Showtimes for Master Harold…and the boys is May 17-June 10, 2007, Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm, with Sunday matinee 2pm. Tickets are $24-$14. For more information, contact the Seattle Public Theater box office at (206) 524-1300, or order online at KUOW is the official Media Sponsor for Seattle Public Theater.

About Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse:

Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse (SPT) is a mid-size, 501 (c) 3 non-profit professional

theater company on the shores of Greenlake. Specializing in mainstage theater, youth theater education, late night improv, and music. SPT is dedicated to creating community through the performing arts.

Master Harold…and the boys

May 17-June 10, 2007
Thursday-Saturday 7:30pm , Sunday matinee 2pm

General $24, Student $14
Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse
7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N.

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