Wine lovers, rejoice. It’s time for Vendemmia.
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Let’s Hear it For the Boys
When the Delaware Theatre Company produced “Master Harold...and the Boys” in 1988, it became the most talked-about play in the theater’s history. This month the company’s 30th anniversary season opens with a bang, as “Master Harold” hits the boards again October 15-November 2.
Athol Fugard’s drama of South Africa in the 1950s is arguably his best work. Similarities between DTC and South Africa make for interesting comparisons. Both have undergone positive changes. Both are misunderstood. The theater remains an artistic force despite changing economies, though patrons still confuse it with The Grand Opera House. South Africa, on the other hand, searches for its identity.
“Master Harold…and the Boys” sums up the danger of misunderstandings and assumptions. It tells the story of a white teen who befriends, then shuns, two black waiters employed by his alcoholic father. Fugard uses gentle metaphors involving butterflies and ballroom dancing to impugn humans capable of brutal inhumanity. “American audiences viewed issues of race differently in 1988,” says director Anne Maria Cammarato. “But the heart of those issues is still the same for all of us: What do we do to oppress one another and how can we stop the cycle of oppression?” —Maria Hess
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