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Athol Fugard's Boesman and Lena Extends at Signature Theatre

The drama stars Sahr Ngaujah and Zainab Jah.

Zainab Jah and Sahr Ngaujah in Boesman and Lena.
(© Joan Marcus)

Signature Theatre's production of Boesman and Lena, written by Athol Fugard and directed by Yaël Farber, has been extended through March 24 at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Boesman and Lena premiered in 1969 at the Rhodes University Little Theatre in Grahamstown, South Africa, with Fugard himself playing the part of Boesman. The play made its US premiere in 1970 at off-Broadway's Circle in the Square Downtown, followed by a 1992 revival by Manhattan Theatre Club. The story displays the effects of apartheid and the human need for kindness, hope, and compassion in the struggles of abusive Boesman and his long-suffering wife, Lena, who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.

The cast of Boesman and Lena is made up of Zainab Jah (Eclipsed) as Lena, Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) as Boesman, and Thomas Silcott (Luke Cage) as Old African.

The creative team includes Susan Hilferty (scenic and costume design), Amith Chandrashaker (lighting design), Matt Hubbs (sound design), UnkleDave's Fight-House (fight direction), and Barbara Rubin (dialect coach).


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