On board the SS Graigaur a young sailor begins to pen his first novel. Assisted by his muse, a portrait of his mother come to life, and supported by his friend, an illiterate ship's mechanic, he struggles to balance romance and reality. This most personal of Athol Fugard's works is strictly autobiographical; at twenty he abandoned his university education, hitch hiked up Africa and ended up on a tramp steamer in Port Sudan. This play reflects his attempts to come to terms with the conflicting emotions evoked by memories of his courageous mother and flawed father.
"Charming...Admire The Captain's Tiger and the lovely way in which it is told." -The New York Daily News
"In 'The Captain’s Tiger,' the prolific South African playwright Athol Fugard returns to his youth with a sweetly autobiographical memory play...Probing into his past with illuminating insight, the playwright has crafted a reflective journey, laced with flights of fantasy, poetic imagery and a bracing touch of humor." - Variety, Read More
"In 'The Captain's Tiger,' the great South African playwright Athol Fugard tries once more to tell the first story he ever attempted to weave in writing." - LA Times, Read More
The Captain's Tiger received its New York City premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club's City Center Stage in 1999, under the direction of Athol Fugard and Susan Hilferty.