The Captain's Tiger

by  Athol Fugard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

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.

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The Captain's Tiger

by  Athol Fugard

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Aboard the S.S. Graiguar
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 1f

THE AUTHOR - the narrator of our story. Also known as Tiger. 
DONKEYMAN - a Swahili crew member of the S/S Graigaur
BETTTY - a photograph of the AUTHOR's mother as a young girl

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include The Captain's Tiger, Valley Song, My Children! My Africa, A Lesson from Aloe ...

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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. 

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