Full Length Play
Time Period - 1980s, 1970s, 1960s
Settings Of Play - After-hours in a library in South Africa, during the apartheid era.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Intense Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Set in apartheid South Africa, where relationships across the color bar were a criminal offence, two lovers - a black man and white woman meet secretly in the library where the woman works to make love and share their hopes and fears. An observant neighbour reports them to the police who secretly photographs them from the informant's backyard and eventually break in and arrest the couple under the then inhuman and universally pilloried Immorality Act. The play is a compelling and deeply moving love story in which the physically and emotionally naked lovers expose not only their bodies but also their deepest longings for personal and emotional freedom.
“It is not often that a play performed 40 years after it was written can find such deep resonance in current society... ..the script is poetic....and Fugard’s mastery of language is evident throughout...” - Tracey Saunders, Cape Times
"The writing is honest, and lyrical" - Broadway Baby
"This is a harrowing world of shifting paces and moods" - NYtheatre.com
"Exactly 40 years after it was written, Athol Fugard’s poetic condemnation of South Africa’s Immorality Act, which outlawed interracial intercourse until its repeal in 1985, stands as a fervent memorial, lest we forget the inhumanity of that prohibition." - Edinburg Fringe Festival
Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act premiered in 1972 in South Africa.