Boesman and Lena

by  Athol Fugard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Two Black scavengers emerge from the underbrush loaded with their total possessions: the makings of a shack and a battery of pots and pans, but nothing to cook in them.

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Boesman and Lena

by  Athol Fugard

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Two Black scavengers emerge from the underbrush loaded with their total possessions: the makings of a shack and a battery of pots and pans, but nothing to cook in them. They are the dregs of society, the stepped-upon, the spat-upon.
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Reviews

"The play is carefully structured as a dance, first with Lena's solo, then with a pas de deux, then with Boesman's verbal self expression. An old man stumbles on the two Hottentots, and becomes the physical catalyst of their relationship, precipitating a crisis and a credible resolution." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Athol Fugard, the South African playwright, has written some fine plays, but certainly none better than the amazing Boesman and Lena, which is great; absolutely superb." - ABC TV

Keywords

Black issues

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: In the mud flats of the river Swartkops, South Africa.

Casting

2m, 1f
BOESMAN
LENA
OLD AFRICAN
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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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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Boesman and Lena was first presented in America at the Circle in the Square on June 22, 1970. Directed by John Berry.

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