Weathervane Productions presents:
A Lesson From Aloes
A portrait of loyalty, race, sanity, and survival
June 3 - 29 at Z Below
By Athol Fugard | Directed by Timothy Near
The co-producers behind The Kilbanes’ Weightless and Hundred Days by The Bengsons and Kate E. Ryan return to the Z Space with a dynamic new production of A Lesson From Aloes, Athol Fugard's riveting look at crossing barriers, finding commonalities. Set during apartheid in 1963 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, A Lesson From Aloes tells the story of a white Afrikaner, his wife, and a black activist, painting a portrait of loyalty, race, sanity, and survival under an oppressive government. It was named “Best Play” by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
This fresh new production of the New York Critic’s Circle Award-winning “Best Play” is directed by Obie-winner TImothy Near, and features Broadway actor Victor Talmadge (David Mamet’s November, The King & I, The Lion King), award-winning producer and actor Wendy vanden Heuvel (Signature Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Magic Theater), and Bay Area/regional favorite Adrian Roberts (San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center).
—The New York Post
“What makes Aloes so moving is the playwright's insistence on the heroism and integrity of harsh choices."
—The New York Times
“Rippling with charged emotion and insight.”
—The Seattle Times
"A rare playwright, who could be a primary candidate for either the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Nobel Peace Prize"
—The New Yorker
A Lesson From Aloes is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.