Philadelphia's Lantern Theater Launches Athol Fugard's 'Train Driver'

Athol Fugard
Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is one of the theater world’s most poignant, focused playwrights, never shirking from the political and social plight that his native South Africa has suffered at the hands of apartheid. Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater Company has immense respect for Fugard’s work; after presenting several of his plays during its last eight seasons (Master Harold…and the Boys; Sizwe Banzi is Dead; The Island), they are now hosting the local premiere of one of the playwright’s most gripping works, The Train Driver, April 17 through May 4, 2014.

Directed by Matt Pfeiffer and starring local thespians Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter Delaurier, the 81-year-old South African writer’s most recent play is incisive: a guilt-ridden, memory-driven treatise on race, regret, the ultimate power of forgiveness. Fugard, who initially produced and directed the show at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town in 2010, even wrote in his notes to the play that his entire professional life – “being a white South African in South Africa during those apartheid years” – has led to The Train Driver. Believe him.

The Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen's Theater is located at 10th and Ludlow Streets, Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are $30 to $38 (student rush tickets: $10). For more info call 215.829.0395, or visit

Photo courtesy of the Lantern Theater Company

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014