Pictured: Khalif Heisserer, Arthur Clifford and Walter Coppage.
Kansas City Actors Theatre has announced the cast and design team for Athol Fugard’s “’Master Harold’ …and the Boys,” which will run September 11 – September 29 at the City Stage in Union Station.
Directed by Kansas City Actors Theatre artistic committee member Gary Heisserer, the production will feature co-founder Walter Coppage, Khalif Gillett, and Arthur Clifford.
The production will be assistant directed by Marisa Tejeda and include scenic design by Gary Mosby, costumes by Jordan New, lighting design by Kris Kirkwood, sound design by Jonathan Robertson, properties designs by Deb Morgan, and technical direction by Kyle Dyck.
This highly autobiographical work, set in a tea room of 1950 apartheid-era Port Elizabeth, South Africa, tells the story of a rainy day spent between two black waiters, Sam and Wille, and the white, teenaged Hally, whose parents own the restaurant. Sam and Willie have acted as father figures to Hally throughout his life in place of the strained relationship with his own father. What begins as a relaxing and playful rainy afternoon slowly turns into something much darker as years of building trust, friendship, and respect is put on the line.
“’Master Harold’ is one of the great plays of the 20th century,” says Heisserer. “It gives us a penetrating look at the personal birthright of racism and bigotry, passed down through generations until something – or someone – more powerful helps us shed those behaviors and beliefs. It reveals how dignity can empower us and those around us and how cruelty crushes not just its victims but also its perpetrators. And it does all of this through storytelling without an ounce of sermonizing.”
For more information on “‘Master Harold’…and the Boys” kcactors.org.