|South African playwright Athol Fugard to visit UNC for a week in March|
|Thursday, February 16, 2012|
Award-winning South African playwright Athol Fugard will visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill March 19-23 as the 2012 Morgan Writer-in-Residence.
Fugard, who also is a director, filmmaker, actor and novelist, will give a talk, “Milestones of a Literary Journey,” at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the Paul Green Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.
The talk and staged readings of Fugard’s plays are free, but reservations are requested. Call the PlayMakers box office at (919) 926-PLAY (7529) or visit http://www.playmakersrep.org/fugard to register.
Related events at UNC include:
In his plays, which include “Blood Knot” (1961) “Master Harold … and the Boys” (1982) and “The Road to Mecca” (1987), Fugard has depicted the lives of the disenfranchised, the overlooked and the voiceless. He has won the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. Through early March, Fugard is directing “Blood Knot” in New York City, and “The Road to Mecca” also is enjoying a successful run there.
Fugard’s visit is sponsored by the Morgan Writer-in-Residence Program; the departments of English and comparative literature, and dramatic art; and PlayMakers Repertory Company — all in the College of Arts and Sciences. Carolina alumni Allen and Musette Morgan of Memphis, Tenn., established the Morgan Program in 1993 to bring writers of distinction to UNC.
While visiting UNC, Fugard will attend classes, interact with students and participate in a variety of public events. For a complete schedule, visit http://fugard.web.unc.edu.
Morgan Writer contact: Susan H. Irons, (919) 962-4283,