We ar pleased to announce the publication of The Train Driver and Other Plays, a new collection by Athol Fugard, “the greatest living playwright in the English-speaking world” (Time magazine). The Train Driver is currently receiving its U.S. premiere at Signature Theatre Company is New York City under the direction of the playwright.
“A dramatic, moving theatre experience written for South Africa… It will save us from hopelessness. See it.” ― Sunday Independent
The Train Driver is classic Fugard, and one of his most important plays. The playwright, known throughout the world as a chronicler of his native South Africa’s apartheid past, has stated, “For me, The Train Driver is the biggest of them all. Everything I have written before has been a journey to this.” This seminal work, which received its world premiere directed by the playwright at the newly opened Fugard Theatre in one of Cape Town’s most politically contentious areas, was inspired by the true story of a mother who with her three children committed suicide on the train tracks in Cape Town. The two-person drama unfolds between the train’s engineer and the grave digger who buries “the ones without names.”
Also included in this collection: Coming Home, Fugard’s first work addressing AIDS in South Africa; Have You Seen Us?, his first play set in America, about a South African transplanted to San Diego, where the playwright currently resides; a selection from his Notebooks on his artistic process and an Afterword by Marianne McDonald.
Athol Fugard has been working in the theatre as a playwright, director and actor for more than 50 years. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, ‘Master Harold’…and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, My Children! My Africa!, and, most recently, The Blue Iris.