Nov 21, 2006    #167
Contact: Nick Barron

‘Boesman and Lena’ puts wrap on 2006

The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Theatre's final production of the Fall 2006 semester is a timeless play that divulges the continuous struggles of poverty, race, gender and class.

“Boesman and Lena,” by South African native Athol Fugard, features an impoverished and homeless man (Boesman) and woman (Lena) in the mud flats on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Lena seems eager to talk and to explore her life and what has led her to this disparaging point, but Boesman is not a conversationalist and wants only to criticize his female counterpart. It’s through the introduction of the play’s third and final character, Outa, that Lena has a sounding board for her ramblings which piece together her past. It becomes evident that Lena and Boesman share a lengthy and disappointing history. The story unfolds until Lena must choose between the shelter Boesman provides and her sympathy for Outa.

Set in apartheid South Africa, “Boesman and Lena” is a play that continues to resonate long after apartheid’s fall through its highlighting discrimination and impoverishment in today’s world. A film of the same name was released in 2000, starring Danny Glover and directed by John Berry.


Saturday, Nov. 25          7:30 p.m.

Sunday,   Nov. 26          7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 28          7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 29      7:30 p.m.

Thursday,    Nov. 30      7:30 p.m.

Friday,         Dec. 1        7:30 p.m.

Saturday,     Dec. 2        7:30 p.m.

Sunday,       Dec. 3        2:00 p.m./7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 6        7:30 p.m.

Thursday,    Dec. 7        7:30 p.m.

Friday,         Dec. 8        7:30 p.m.

Saturday,     Dec. 9        2:00 p.m./7:30 p.m.

Sunday,       Dec. 10      2:00 p.m.

UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. The program trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers and dramaturgs for careers in the performing arts. Graduates from the UMKC program are invited to the most prestigious New York competitions and auditions to exhibit their work and secure positions with national and international performing companies. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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