University of South Carolina

Theatre and dance to present ‘Valley Song’ April 22-25

The department of theatre and dance at the University of South Carolina will present “Valley Song” April 22 - 25 at Longstreet Theatre. Show times are 8 p.m. April 22 and 25; and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. April 23 and 24. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

Composed by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, “Valley Song” is the story of two generations dealing with change in post-apartheid South Africa. A young woman yearns for the courage to pursue her dreams away from home, while her grandfather struggles to let go of the past.

The one-act play features just two actors: LaToya Codner, a second-year graduate student in acting, is the granddaughter, Veronika; Eric Bultman, a 2009 graduate, plays the dual role of “The Author” and the grandfather, Abraam.

“When this play was first produced in 1995, South Africa had just gone through the dramatic change of being a land governed by the laws of apartheid to a new environment of ‘reconciliation,’” said director Steven Pearson, a professor of acting and the head of the MFA Acting Program at USC. “Fugard gives us differing points of view and shows us that there are no simple answers to difficult questions; however, throughout, he infuses his play with love and hope.”

Fugard was born in Middleburg, South Africa, in 1932, the son of white English and Afrikaans parents. He has written 20 plays, the most recent of which is “Exits and Entrances,” written and produced in Los Angeles in 2004. Fugard’s only novel, “Tsotsi,” was made into a film that won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Academy Awards in 2005. He’s currently an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the department of theatre and dance at the University of California, San Diego.

For more information, contact Kevin Bush at 803-777-9353 or bushk@mailbox.sc.edu

“Valley Song”

  • What: One-act play depicting two generations dealing with change in post-apartheid South Africa
  • Who: Graduate student LaToya Codner plays the granddaughter, Veronika; 2009 graduate Eric Bultman plays the dual role of “The Author” and the grandfather, Abraam.
  • When: 8 p.m. April 22 and 25; 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. April 23 and 24
  • Where: Longstreet Theatre

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Posted: 04/16/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/16/10 @ 3:57 PM | Permalink