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.
"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
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1950s
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Aboard the S.S. Graiguar
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
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
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Multicultural casting
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.