The blood knot; [Athol Fugard] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Written for a cast of 2 males. Blood Knot is a parable of two brothers who. Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot. Derek Cohen. Although several of the handful of internationally-known South Af- rican writers have tried their hands at drama. Complete summary of Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Blood Knot.

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The game becomes too real for them. For fugars rope knot, see Blood knot. Midgley did manage to dig up things that had been missed in all the other productions. To avoid having her meet Zachariah, the brothers agree to have the white-looking Morris meet her and pretend to be Zachariah. Less pleased, and committed to the system of apartheidthe South African government of B.

Morris decides that, since Zach wants to talk to a woman, he should write letters to a woman, so that he will not feel so lonely. Zach dictates the letters, and Morris copies them. Morris has been saving the money that Zach earns, so that they can buy a two-man farm. The Internet Off-Broadway Database. He has footsores, from having to ghe on his feet all day.

But Ethel sends another letter saying that she is now engaged to be married, and thus will not be coming to visit them. The play was revived at the Roundabout Theatre in Zach spends thieir savings on a suit of clothes for Morris, telling him that he should go to see Ethel. Fugard had to endure having his home raided, and having his phone tapped by South African authorities. Both were raised by the same black mother, but have different fathers, and Morris is much more fair-skinned than Zachariah.


Plays by Athol Fugard. He has footsores, from having to stand on his feet all day. Zachariah works as a gatekeeper at a park. The play was most recently performed in JohannesburgSouth Africa in as part of Mandela Day celebrations, with Michael Brando playing the lead role of Morris.

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Zach wants a woman. Myself as Morrie, with Charles Hyatt as Zach. When the play was first performed, in in Johannesburg, with Athol Fugard as Morris and Zakes Mokae as Zachariah, the actors were arrested. Morris prepares hot water for Zach to bathe his feet.

Midgley reduced the play athkl 90 minutes The lonely Zachariah has struck up a pen-pal relationship with a white girl and entertains fantasies that she might fall in love with him. They have shared the same one-room shack for about a year.

Aghol is fearful that someone will discover that they have written a letter to a white woman, and urges Zach to burn the lettter, but Zach is now excited by the fact that he can defy the oppressive reality of apartheid, and wants to continue writing letters to Ethel.

Both Tugard and Zachariah have rich imaginations and have taken part in role-playing games together since they were small boys. Reviewing an anniversary performance of the revival in fugwrd, starring Fugard himself in the role of Morris and Zakes Mokae in the role of Zach the roles both originated in South Africa inNew York Times drama critic Mel Gussow describes the play as “An artfully executed theatrical dialogue Morris looks for personal messages in the classified section of the local newspaper.


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The play was banned by South African authorities, and censorhip laws were passed, which prohibited racially mixed casts or audiences in theaters in South Africa. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Zachariah must face the tragic truth that he can never have a future with her, that she can never love him, and that she would be horrified to see who he really is.

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Blood Knot is a play about two brothers, who live in a one-room fugarc in a crumbling section of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They are half-brothers, who have the same mother. Toggle navigation Choose Section. Thus, Morris proposes that Zach write letters to a female pen-pal.

The play is important not only as a work of art, but as a statement against the injustice represented by apartheid. They are at the point of violence, when they remember that they are only playing a game. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Zach sweating as the words clot in his mouth But Zachariah, because of his dark skin-color, has no choice. Oregon Ballet Theatre is seeking professional classical dancers to fill positions at all levels Morris is a light-skinned colored man, Zachariah is a black man.