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La Jolla Playhouse Blog » Tony Awards Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:48:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Critically-Acclaimed Playwright Athol Fugard to Receive Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement Wed, 06 Apr 2011 18:29:55 +0000 World-renowned South African playwright/director and Playhouse artist Athol Fugard will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Tony Awards on June 12.

Athol Fugard, photo courtesy of Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Five of Fugard’s works have been Tony-nominated for Best Play: Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and The Island (produced in repertory in 1975), A Lesson from Aloes, “Master Harold”…and the boys and Blood Knot.

A resident of Del Mar, Fugard is also an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego.

Winner of an Obie Award, Drama Desk Award and two New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, Fugard is best known for his plays opposing the South African system of racial apartheid. During his 2011 acceptance speech for San Diego’s Peacemaker’s Award, he reminisced about a play produced here at the Playhouse, which addressed the problems in his country: “I looked around, and thought, ‘This is the wrong play, the wrong place, the wrong time.’ But the response to My Children! My Africa! in La Jolla was the most incredible I’ve had in 50 years of theater.”

Below is a list of plays that Athol Fugard has written and/or directed at La Jolla Playhouse. The entire Playhouse family congratulates Mr. Fugard on his Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement!

The Captain’s Tiger: A Memoir for the Stage
West Coast Premiere
Written by Athol Fugard
Co-directed by Athol Fugard and Susan Hilferty
With Athol Fugard, Felicity Jones, Tony Todd
Performance Dates: July 7 – August 9, 1998, Mandell Weiss Theatre

Valley Song
West Coast Premiere
Written by Athol Fugard
Directed by Lisa Peterson
With Akosua Busia, Max Wright
May 14 – June 15, 1996, Mandell Weiss Theatre

American Premiere
A Co-production with Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Company
Written and directed by Athol Fugard
With Larry Golden, Ben Halley, Jr.
August 25 – October 2, 1992, La Jolla Playhouse downtown at the Lyceum Stage

A Lesson from Aloes
Written and directed by Athol Fugard
With Athol Fugard, Bennet Guillory, Maria Tucci
August 20 – September 29, 1991, Mandell Weiss Theatre

My Children! My Africa!
Written and directed by Athol Fugard
With Sterling Macer, Jr., Brock Peters, Nancy Travis
August 21 – September 30, 1990, Mandell Weiss Theatre

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