AFTER 30 YEARS, NOW AVAILABLE IN ITS FULL-LENGTH, 90-MINUTE VERSION
In 1984, a one-act version of ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS premiered at the "Shorts Festival" at Actors Theatre of Louisville. It received unanimous acclaim and was remounted a few months later at the Humana Festival in early 1985, where it received the Heideman Award as best one-act play.
The following year a full-length, 90-minute version of the play premiered at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote: "...a play of remarkable distinction…rare among American dramas in that it boldly brings up a moral issue for examination in strong theatrical terms. This is not a little play about little people leading lives of no importance…Succeeds in making it all emotionally engrossing as well as intellectually stimulating…the drama is 90 intense minutes…that brooks neither an intermission nor a resolution" - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Art and politics collide in this fictionalized account of a real-life event. The play tells the story of two celebrated black South African actors who have traveled to America to perform but are caught up in the world’s boycott of their country’s apartheid system – a system they have struggled all their lives to overcome.
The shorter one-act version of ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS has been available through Samuel French since 1985. Now the full-length, 90-minute version has been made available for the first time.
- Genre: Period, Docudrama/Historic
- Time Period: 1980s
- Cast Attributes: Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)