Drama for a New South Africa

Drama for a New South Africa

Seven Plays
David Graver
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/2000
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21326-6
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... a solid addition to international drama." —Library Journal

Going beyond the parameters of conventional literary drama, these seven new plays express life issues in post-apartheid South Africa—Islamic fundamentalism, women's rights, ecology, Afrikaans culture and the new multi-racial life of the inner city. While theater rooted in the anti-apartheid movement was rich and vibrant, it was also singleminded in focus, obscuring the diversity of South African culture now brought to life in these works.

Author Bio

DAVID GRAVER earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Cornell University in 1987. Since then he has taught drama at Loyola University of Chicago, Stanford University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago. He is author of The Aesthetics of Disturbance and numerous articles on twentieth-century drama and performance. He has been studying, teaching, and writing on South African drama since 1988. In 1997, he began a law degree at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Sophiatown (1986) by Junction Avenue Theater Company
Horn of Sorrow (1988) by Nicholas Ellenbogen
And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses (1988) by Zakes Mda
Mooi Street Moves (1992) by Paul Slabolepszy
Purdah (1993) by Ismail Mahomed
Crossing (1994) by Reza de Wet
Ipi Zombi? (1998) by Brett Bailey