Blood Knot

by  Athol Fugard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m

"Best play of the year." - The New York Times

Blood Knot is a parable of two brothers who share a one-room shack near Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Zachariah is dark-skinned and Morris, light-skinned. They share the same mother but find their differences lead them to a common bond as br…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Blood Knot is a parable of two brothers who share a one-room shack near Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Zachariah is dark-skinned and Morris, light-skinned. They share the same mother but find their differences lead them to a common bond as brothers and men. Saving to buy a farm where they may retire Morris is the "slave", cooking and cleaning while Zach earns money for them both. When Morrie joins a lonely hearts club on his brother's behalf, they find themselves awaiting the visit of a White woman who will never arrive.
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Reviews

"Best play of the year." - The New York Times

Keywords

Black issues

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: A one-room shack in Korsten, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m
ZACHARIAH - dark-skinned
MORRIS - light-skinned
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male
  • 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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