I’ve always wanted to do an Athol Fugard play. I’m interested in the fact that his characters are often in the most extreme of circumstances–circumstances that test their humanity and their very spirit. Fugard uses the system of apartheid as a powerful antagonist, with the characters being the protagonists. Many things are sacrificed in the struggle–love, friendship and trust are replaced by anger, doubt and mistrust.
In preparing to rehearse A Lesson From Aloes, I knew I needed to do some research. We gathered as a very caring cast and director and watched documentaries, listened to audio clips and had group discussions to try to really understand each of our individual situations as well as that of the group. I thought I already knew a lot about Fugard’s work and South Africa at that time, but the research really opened my eyes. As much as I’d read about and heard about the atrocities, there’s nothing like seeing them to give them depth and to gain an understanding of what a character is thinking or feeling at a given time. I’m so glad to be able to cross one of the plays off my wish list in doing this show, and I’m really glad to be doing it with such a great group of people.
A LESSON FROM ALOES April 29 – May 29, 2016 at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, where Quotidian is the Resident Theatre Company. Tickets
Addison Switzer and David Dubov in A Lesson From Aloes. photo by St. Johnn Blondell
Addison Switzer in A Lesson From Aloes. photo by St. Johnn Blondell
Addison Switzer, Laura Russell, and David Dubov in A Lesson From Aloes. photo by St. Johnn Blondell