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THE BLUE IRIS

Image courtesy The Blue Iris

Continuing its 12-year relationship with Athol Fugard, The Fountain Theatre celebrates the master playwright’s 80th birthday with the U.S. premiere of his newest play. Set in a burnt-out Karoo farmhouse ravaged by fire, a widowed farmer and his housekeeper sort through the debris of their lives. The discovery of a miraculously undamaged painting of a blue iris unlocks long-forgotten memories and hidden secrets. Fugard digs deep into the human heart, and the result is a love story full of tender, soul-touching and surprising revelations.

Described by Time magazine as “the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world,” Athol Fugard celebrated his 80th birthday on June 11, but the prolific writer shows no signs of slowing down. On June 28, The Blue Iris premiered at The National Arts Festival in his native South Africa to rave reviews. “Vintage Fugard… riveting theatre that will evoke whispering echoes in the heart long after the show has ended,” wrote Cue magazine.

The Blue Iris is set in Fugard’s beloved and desolate South African desert, the Karoo. In a burnt-out farmhouse, a widowed farmer, Robert Hannay (Higgins) and his housekeeper, Rieta (Hill) sort through the fire-ravaged debris. The discovery of a miraculously undamaged painting of a flower – a blue iris – created by Hannay’s deceased wife (Schultz) unlocks long-forgotten memories and hidden secrets. Fugard digs deep into the human heart, and the result is a love story full of tender, soul-touching and surprising revelations.

“We should be going into people`s lives, their souls, their ways of life. Everything I have written is an attempt to share secrets with you,” says the playwright.

“The Blue Iris is achingly beautiful, a heartfelt play that brings to life the tender honesty and deep complexity of human relationships,” avers Sachs. “We cherish Athol’s 12-year friendship and artistic association at the Fountain, and we’re thrilled to celebrate his 80th birthday with this remarkable work.”

TICKETS AND PRICING

GENERAL ADMISSION: $$30

Thursdays and Fridays: $30, Saturdays and Sundays: $34, Seniors over 62 (Thursdays and Fridays only): $25, Students (Thursdays and Fridays only, with ID): $20, Previews: $15
Thematic content includes: Redemption

DATES AND TIMES

This show runs: 08/24/2012 to 09/16/2012
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Previews: Aug. 18 – 23

The Fountain Theatre: (323) 663-1525 MAP

OR BY PHONE (323) 663-1525

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The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90029
(323) 663-1525

OR BY PHONE
(323) 663-1525

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ADDITIONAL INFO

The Fountain Theatre
5060 Fountain Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90029
(323) 663-1525

OR BY PHONE
(323) 663-1525
The Fountain Theatre: (323) 663-1525 MAP

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