Bard Beyond Borders

Bard Beyond Borders

Bard Beyond Borders is a special 25th anniversary project of the 2018-2019 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival. Theatre artists from two different international festivals/companies will travel to Grand Valley to perform in the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre. The artists will also provide workshops and public and class discussions and presentations along with their special performances.

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead

By Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona

Direct from Nassau, The Bahamas

January 31, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. and February 2 at 2 p.m.

Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts,

Allendale campus

More information and free ticket reservation: (616) 331-3200

Limited Engagement! Ticket Reservations Strongly Recommended!

About the Production

Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, one of the most critically acclaimed productions presented in The Bahamas, was originally a featured part of the 2014 Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival. This production reunites the director and his original cast members for a limited engagement as part of the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season.

Play synopsis

Written and set in apartheid era South Africa, Sizwe Bansi Is Dead confronts the struggles faced by people of color during the time and tethers them to broader questions of identity and human worth. Set in a photography studio, the plot follows a man who comes in to have his photograph taken

Reviews of the Original Bahamian Production

“An extraordinary play with extraordinary performances by Dion Johnson and Mark Humes. Brilliantly directed by Philip Burrows. SEE THIS PLAY!”

“GO SEE THIS AMAZING PLAY.... I was in awe at the work of the director, Philip Burrows and Actors, Dion Johnson and Mark Humes... So worth seeing.”

“A masterful performance. Bravo!”

“I saw this last night, and I LOVED it. The performances by Dion Johnson and Mark Humes were excellent under direction by Philip Burrows.”

“A Broadway caliber production.”