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“Master Harold” delves into apartheid, racism

“Master Harold” … and the boys
Lincoln Hall, Studio Theatre
8 p.m. Nov. 27 through Dec. 1

“‘Master Harold’ … and the boys” is perhaps the ultimate play regarding apartheid and the race relations South Africa struggled (struggles) under.

Written by Athol Fugard, South Africa’s most famous playwright, the play was inspired by an incident during Fugard’s youth.

The play concerns a young, white youth and his family’s two black servants in Port Elizabeth, South Africa during the 1950s and how Harold’s relationship with the servants change and alters with the immanent arrival of his father. “Master Harold” is a deep, intricate exploration of power, who has it and doesn’t, and how it affects personal relationships.

John Duncan, the play’s director, states, “This is so amazingly powerful because it exposes so clearly the cancerous damage that racism inflicts on both the oppressed and the oppressor.”

Athol Fugard is South Africa’s most famous playwright

Performances are in Lincoln Hall’s Studio Theatre, Room 115, Tuesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. with a matinee Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. For more information call 503-682-6765. Tickets are $4.