Loyola Marymount University’s Theatre Department will present “My Children! My Africa!” which runs for nine performances in Strub Theatre during LMU’s Black History Month events in February.
Written by Ethol Fugard and set in 1985 during the height of South African apartheid, the cast stars senior theater majors Tory Smith ’09, Ashley D’Oliveira ’09, and Brian Foster ’09. Director Grant Garinger, S.J., described the play as relevant to our times because of themes of justice and oppression.
“The play asks how we can positively change a government and a mentality that is oppressive,” Grant said. "How do you establish equality between different races or respect for elders?"
D’Oliveira explained that she prepared for her role as Isabel by pairing her history courses with her theater training.
“Isabel exists in a world that is completely beyond my own,” D’Oliveira said. “Relations between blacks and whites within this time period were mostly unheard of. In preparing for any role, you find yourself attempting to relate your character to your personal life, but with Isabel, I had never been faced with such a challenge.”
Tory Smith ’09 prepared for his role as Thami Mbikwana with hours of research into South African history, but also found help in his academic classes. “I'm taking an ethics course and a lot of what I have learned has helped me with the debates Thami has with other people within the text,” Smith said.
“My Children! My Africa!” will run Feb 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21. Tickets are available in the LMU Ticket Agency at .310.338.7588.