We are pleased to announce the publication of The Shadow of the Hummingbird, a new work by Athol Fugard, “the greatest living playwright in the English-speaking world” (Time magazine). The play is currently in the midst of its world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, and will run through April 27, 2014.
“If there is a more urgent and indispensable playwright in world theatre than South Africa’s Athol Fugard, I don’t know who it could be.”
Legendary theatre artist Athol Fugard returns to the stage for the first time in fifteen years in this, his latest work. The Shadow of the Hummingbird tells the story of an ailing man in his eighties and the afternoon spent with his ten-year-old grandson. In a charming meditation on the beauty and transience of the world around us, Fugard continues to mine the depths of the human spirit with profound empathy and heart. The text of the play includes an introductory Prelude by Paula Fourie with extracts from Fugard’s unpublished notebooks.
“Athol Fugard can say more with a single line than most playwrights convey in an entire script.”― Variety
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!, The Blue Iris and, most recently, The Train Driver.