Sizwe Bansi is Dead
Date of performance: January 28, 2013
Directed by: Wrick Jones
Featuring: Wrick Jones and Vin Shambry*
A photo, an identity card, a stolen name. When all is said and done, what makes a man?
In a photography studio in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, a photographer focuses the camera on a customer who has asked to have his picture taken for his wife. The events that unfold bring to light the extent to which a man will lose his identity to gain a life.
Sizwe Bansi is Dead was written by Athol Fugard in collaboration with South African actors John Kani & Winston Ntshona, the show’s original cast members. The Tony Award-nominated play, produced in conjunction with The Island, garnered joint Tony awards for both Kani and Ntshona.
Part of our One Night Stand reading series.