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The Shadow of the Hummingbird

A World Premiere
Written By & Starring Athol Fugard
Introductory Scene by Paula Fourie, with extracts from
Athol Fugard’s Unpublished Notebooks 

Directed by Gordon Edelstein
Stage II
March 26 – April 27, 2014 
Running time: 60 minutes with no intermission 


Listen to Renee Montagne’s Interview with
Athol Fugard on NPR’s Morning Edition



“To lose yourself in the imagined universe of a play
is perhaps one way of retaining a sliver of the
innocence Mr. Fugard’s Oupa so cherishes.”

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times 

New Haven Register 

New Haven Independent


Meet Athol Fugard

OFFSTAGE ONLINE – Read a biography of Athol Fugard and a timeline of his plays

• Read interview on NPR – Playwright Fugard Bucked South Africa’s ‘Racist Ideas’

• Read his Wikipedia article

Read article in The Guardian – Athol Fugard berates dramatists for failing to confront injustice

Read Blog Watch Video Meet the Cast

Set Detail Photo Gallery 

• First Rehearsal: “I’m Athol Fugard and I’m home.”

• Watch Trailer Video

• Watch our recent interview with Athol Fugard

• Watch LWT’s interview with Athol from our 2009 production of Have You Seen Us?

 Athol Fugard
 • Aidan and Dermot McMillan 


About the Play
Legendary playwright Athol Fugard returns to the stage for the first time in 15 years in his newest play.  When Fugard’s character is visited by his ten-year-old grandson (who is playing hooky from school) the two spend a memorable afternoon together.  The boy reminds the old man of his lost sense of wonder, while the child is given a bit of hard-earned wisdom.  In a charming meditation on the beauty and transience of the world around us, Fugard continues to mine the depths of the human spirit with profound empathy and heart.

“The greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world”
TIME Magazine


Director – Gordon Edelstein
Writer of Introductory Scene – Paula Fourie
Set Design – Eugene Lee
Costume Design – Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design – Michael Chybowski
Sound Design – John Gromada
Production Stage Manager – Jason Kaiser