The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca Performs an Encore

The Civic Ensemble of Ithaca is bringing back their production of Athol Fugard’s play ‘My Children! My Africa!’ Director Melanie Dreyer-Lude talks about the play and her cast. “The great South African playwright Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in this compelling tale set in a segregated township in 1984. In the face of increasing racial tension, a humble and humane black teacher attempts to persuade his best (and most charismatic) student that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems. Fugard’s play resonates deeply with the increasing influence of the Black Lives Matter movement challenging the old guard of the Civil Rights movement and with ongoing debates over racial inequality in American public schools.”

Teaching And Learning In Apartheid South Africa: 'My Children! My Africa' On Stage In Ithaca

MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!, Athol Fugard’s drama about teaching and learning within segregated South Africa, explores themes about race and protest that are still relevant today. Autumn 1984. The school year has already begun in a small segregated township on the Eastern cape. Anela Myalatya, known affectionately as Mr. M, prepares two pupils, Thami Mbikwana, a black boy, and Isabel Dyson, a white girl, to compete together in an academic competition.