Blood Knot plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. Athol Fugard. Based on the Play/Book/Film. Category. Just before intermission in Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot,” which American Players Theatre opened over the weekend in Spring Green under Ron. Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot. Derek Cohen. Although several of the handful of internationally-known South Af- rican writers have tried their hands at drama.

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Fugard had to endure having his home raided, and having his phone tapped by South African authorities.

They are half-brothers, who have the same mother. Both were raised by the same black mother, but have different fathers, and Morris is much more fair-skinned than Zachariah.

This time, the game takes bizarre twists. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Toggle navigation Choose Section. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

When he puts on the clothes, he begins to adopt the white mannerisms and speech patterns that he had learned years earlier when trying to “pass” in white society.

Blood Knot – Wikipedia

They are saving money in blokd of buying a farm of their own some day. Retrieved from ” https: She does not know that he is black. The Department of Theatre seeks students interested in studying acting, directing, kmot design When a letter arrives, indicating that the girl will not be coming for a visit after all, Zachariah and his relieved brother begin a new role-playing game.


Also surviving, it stars the Jamaican actor Charles Hyatt as Zach and Fugard himself again playing Morris; Fugard was pleased with the results:. His passport was revoked inafter Blood Knot appeared on British television, but was later returned to him inafter a public petition of support.

Blood Knot

His job is to keep black people from coming into the whites-only park. National Unified Auditions New York. Morrie has plans for the future, but Zach has no plans.

Plays by Athol Fugard. The first version, directed by Charles Jarrottwas shot in May for the highly regarded Armchair Theatre anthology series, but was never transmitted, although the recording has survived. Morris is a light-skinned colored man, Zachariah is a black man. They are at the fugarc of violence, when they remember that they are only playing a game.

Half-Price Ticket Hot Sellers. Read More actors, singers, dancers Performer. They have shared the same one-room shack for about a year. The girl says in her next letter that she is coming to visit Port Elizabeth, and that she wants to meet Zach.

She does not know that he is black. Zach dictates the letters, and Morris copies them. Zach sweating as the words clot in his mouth Morris is temporarily dejected by the loss of their savings, which for him represented their hopes for the future. Thus, the play shows that personal caring and commitment can overcome the sense of alienation caused by racial or cultural separation.

Zach cannot be anything other than what he is, a black man, which means being treated as inferior by the society of apartheid. His job is to keep black people from coming into the whites-only park. Morris looks for personal messages in the classified section of the local newspaper.


Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot

But Ethel sends another letter saying that she is now engaged to be married, and thus will not be coming to visit them. Because of his light skin-color, Morris could choose whether to live as white or black. Zachariah must face the tragic truth that knoy can never have a future with her, that she can never love him, and that she would be horrified to see who he rugard is. Reviewing an anniversary performance of the revival instarring Fugare himself in the role of Morris and Zakes Mokae in the role of Zach the roles both originated in South Africa inNew York Times drama critic Mel Gussow describes the play as “An artfully executed theatrical dialogue This page was last edited on 26 Februaryat To prepare for the date, Morris buys some fine “white” clothes with the money that he and his brother had been saving.

Morrie wants Zach to share his dream of having a farm, but does not seem to realize that Zach must have his own dreams.