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Sophocles in South Africa: Athol Fugard's The Island

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Two Bentu prisoners in their cell on Robben Island recall with nostalgia a memorable performance of Sophocles' Antigone in a black township near Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa's industrial seaports on the Indian Ocean:

John. ...Jesus, Winston! June 1965.

Winston. What?

John. This, man. Antigone. In New Brighton. St. Stephen's Hall. The place was packed, man! All the big people. Front row...dignitaries. Shit, those were the days.1

Comparative Drama is carried by JSTOR and Project MUSE.

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