Theatre and dance to present ‘Valley Song’ April 22-25
The department of theatre and dance at the University of South Carolina will present “Valley Song” April 22 - 25 at Longstreet Theatre. Show times are 8 p.m. April 22 and 25; and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. April 23 and 24. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.
Composed by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, “Valley Song” is the story of two generations dealing with change in post-apartheid South Africa. A young woman yearns for the courage to pursue her dreams away from home, while her grandfather struggles to let go of the past.
The one-act play features just two actors: LaToya Codner, a second-year graduate student in acting, is the granddaughter, Veronika; Eric Bultman, a 2009 graduate, plays the dual role of “The Author” and the grandfather, Abraam.
“When this play was first produced in 1995, South Africa had just gone through the dramatic change of being a land governed by the laws of apartheid to a new environment of ‘reconciliation,’” said director Steven Pearson, a professor of acting and the head of the MFA Acting Program at USC. “Fugard gives us differing points of view and shows us that there are no simple answers to difficult questions; however, throughout, he infuses his play with love and hope.”