A Lesson from Aloes

by  Athol Fugard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Winner! New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Play of the Year

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A Lesson from Aloes

by  Athol Fugard

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    2m, 1f

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Set in 1963 in a white district of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, this important play gives a compelling portrait of a society caught in the grip of a police state and the effect it has on individuals. A liberal Afrikaner, who is actively involved in anti-apartheid activity, and his wife, who is recovering from a nervous breakdown brought about by a police raid on their home, are waiting for dinner guests, a Black family. They never arrive, but the head of the family does. He has just been released from prison and plans to flee South Africa after first confronting the Afrikaner with the charge that he has betrayed him.
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  • Winner! New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Play of the Year


"Exile, madness, utter loneliness these are the only alternatives Mr. Fugard's characters have. What makes Aloes so moving is the playwright's insistence on the heroism and integrity of these harsh choices." - The New York Times

"Immensely moving." - New York Post



  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Setting: The play moves between two areas representing the backyard and the bedroom of a small house in Algoa Park, Port Elizabeth.


2m, 1f
PIET BENZUIDENHOUT - an Afrikaner, in his mid-forties
GLADYS - his wife, same age
STEVE DANIELS - his friend, a black man, the same age.
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  • Multicultural casting



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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