Valley Song Essay

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In the following review of the production of Athol Fugard's play Valley Song, Robert L. King, in outlining the plotline, writes that he sees the plot as an allegory for Fugard's own writing career, diminishing now as his role the need for his work decreases.

Athol Fugard gets four credits in the program for his new play, Valley Song-he wrote it, directed it and played two of the three parts. He received entrance applause at its American premiere in Princeton's McCarter Theatre, a tribute to his life as well as to his art. The play, despite Fugard's personal involvement and commitment, ultimately submerges the author's self in an allegory, one in which he passes the creative torch to the first generation to mature after the formal end of apartheid in South Africa. Fugard plays "The Author, a White man" and Abraam Jonkers (or Buks) "an old Coloured...

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