Sachs has found success in engaging an American audience in South African politics, the looming subject behind many of Fugard's works, including Victory. The play follows Vicky and Freddie, two black South Africans who burglarize the home of Lionel, an elderly white South African who formerly employed Vicky's late mother as a housekeeper. Responding to the notion that Fugard's work is too audience-specific, Sachs rebuts, "The brilliance of Athol's writing is that it is specifically about a time and place and yet it is intensely universal."
For Sachs, there is nothing lost in translation for this American premiere. "Liberal, well-meaning whites in South Africa and in the U.S. believe we can have personal relationships with the man who cuts our lawn or the woman who does our laundry. We don't understand why they don't feel the same way. I think that is the big realization that Lionel has. There is much good in the country, but there are moments when we are still reminded of racism, prejudice, and despair."
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