1989, New Year’s Eve. A traveling amusement park. Two strangers meet in the dead of night in the heart of rural South Africa. With the country in the grips of the brutal apartheid regime, Playland promises an evening of thrills and laughter that never materializes.
This is a play about guilt, self-loathing, and the elusive nature of absolution in a racially divided world. Martinus Zoeloe, a black South African, the amusement park's night-watchman meets Gideon La Roux, a white Afrikaner and ex-serviceman who comes along looking for a fun night out. They find themselves face to face and their encounter is charged with history and danger.
There are, of course, subtexts of racial prejudice, as one would expect from Fugard, but the true underlying concern, in this masterfully written production, is about how we come to terms with the ghosts (and sins) of our pasts.
“Playland” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
Ujima Company Inc.
Ujima Company Inc. (UCI) is a multi-ethnic and multicultural professional theatre whose primary purpose is the preservation, perpetuation and performance of African American theatre by providing working opportunities for established artists and training experience for aspiring artists.