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Plot summary[ edit ] The only two characters in the two-hander play are the brothers Morris and Zachariah. Both were raised by the same black mother, but have different fathers, and Morris is much more fair-skinned than Zachariah. Morris can pass for white, and has done so in the past, but now he has returned to live with Zachariah in a small, miserable shack in the "colored" section of Port Elizabeth. Morris keeps the house, while Zachariah works to support them both. They are saving money in hopes of buying a farm of their own some day. Both Morris and Zachariah have rich imaginations and have taken part in role-playing games together since they were small boys.

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His mother, Marrie Potgieter , an Afrikaner , operated first a general store and then a lodging house; his father, Harold Fugard, was a disabled former jazz pianist of Irish, English and French Huguenot descent.

The couple have since divorced. Their daughter, Lisa Fugard , is also a novelist. Early period[ edit ] In , Fugard organised "a multiracial theatre for which he wrote, directed, and acted", writing and producing several plays for it, including No-Good Friday and Nongogo , in which he and his colleague black South African actor Zakes Mokae performed.

They all got together, albeit at different intervals, and decided to do something about their lives using the stage. In they met Athol Fugard, a white man who grew up in Port Elizabeth and who recently returned from Johannesburg, and asked him if he could work with them "as he had the know-how theatrically—the tricks, how to use the stage, movements, everything"; they worked with Athol Fugard since then, "and that is how the Serpent Players got together.

In an interview in California , Ntshona and Kani were asked why they were doing the play Sizwe Banzi is Dead , which was considered a highly political and telling story of the South African political landscape at the time. Ntshona answered: "We are just a group of artists who love theatre. And we have every right to open the doors to anyone who wants to take a look at our play and our work. We believe that art is life and conversely, life is art. And no sensible man can divorce one from the other.

Other attributes are merely labels. Based on an incident at one of the many political trials involving the Serpent Players, The Coat dramatized the choices facing a woman whose husband, convicted of anti-apartheid political activity, left her only a coat and instructions to use it. When the group had turned to improvisation, they came up with classic works such as Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island , emerging as inner experiences of the actors who are also the co-authors of the plays.

The authorities considered the title of The Island, which alludes to Robben Island , the prison where Nelson Mandela was being held, too controversial, so Fugard and the Serpent Players used the alternative title The Hodoshe Span Hodoshe meaning "carrion fly" in Xhosa.

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They are different in temperament, but they reaffirm and support each other. Morris is a light-skinned colored man, Zachariah is a black man. They are half-brothers, who have the same mother. They have shared the same one-room shack for about a year. Zachariah works as a gatekeeper at a park. His job is to keep black people from coming into the whites-only park.

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His mother, Marrie Potgieter , an Afrikaner , operated first a general store and then a lodging house; his father, Harold Fugard, was a disabled former jazz pianist of Irish, English and French Huguenot descent. The couple have since divorced. Their daughter, Lisa Fugard , is also a novelist. Early period[ edit ] In , Fugard organised "a multiracial theatre for which he wrote, directed, and acted", writing and producing several plays for it, including No-Good Friday and Nongogo , in which he and his colleague black South African actor Zakes Mokae performed.

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