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Boesman and Lena


A new drama that follows the struggles of abusive husband and his long-suffering wife, who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.

The Off-Broadway production of Boesman and Lena closed March 24, 2019. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: Legacy playwright Athol Fugard has made a home at Signature since being the inaugural Residency 1 playwright at the Center, and his South African-set stories, with themes of complex identities, racial tension, and social protest, remain as relevant as ever. In this new production of the “prophetic and brilliant" (The New York Times) "Boesman and Lena," the human need for kindness, hope and compassion is on display in the struggle of two refugees who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.

Audience Note: This production contains the use of haze and hypoallergenic incense.

South African playwright Athol Fugard is best known for his political plays opposing the system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film of his novel "Tsotsi." His other works include "Sizwe Bansi Is Dead," "'Master Harold'...and the Boys," "My Children! My Africa!," and "The Shadow of the Hummingbird." Fugard is the recipient of many awards, honours, and honorary degrees, including the 2005 Order of Ikhamanga in Silver "for his excellent contribution and achievements in the theatre" from the government of South Africa. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The cast includes Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah ("Fela," Broadway's upcoming "Moulin Rouge!") as Boesman, Zainab Jah ("Eclipsed") as Lena, and Thomas Silcott (Netflix's "Luke Cage") as Old African. Yaël Farber directs.

What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company has expanded its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $35. More here.






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