The bond of brotherhood proves as thorny as it is unbreakable in Athol Fugard’s “ Blood Knot,” set in a dingy shack in South Africa in by athol fugard directed by charles randolph-wright american conservatory theater february 8–march 9, Blood Knot. AMERICAN CONSERVATORY. Complete summary of Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Blood Knot.

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This page is only accessible by StageAgent Pro members. To avoid having her meet Zachariah, the brothers agree to have the white-looking Morris meet her and pretend to be Zachariah. Vorster confiscated Fugard’s passport.

She does not know that he is black. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Mostly male cast Includes adult characters. Half-Price Ticket Hot Sellers. Click here to post your opportunity. Zach spends thieir savings on a suit of clothes for Morris, telling him that he should go to see Ethel. But Zachariah, because of his dark skin-color, has no choice. Morris has been saving the money that Zach earns, so that they can buy a two-man farm. The girl says in her next letter that she is atholl to visit Port Elizabeth, and that she wants to meet Zach.

They are half-brothers, who have the same mother. Zach wants a woman.

Blood Knot

Myself as Morrie, with Charles Hyatt as Zach. Featured Jobs Near You. As he does so, he begins to treat his brother like an inferior, as any middle-class white South African would treat a black servant.

Thus, Morris proposes that Zach write letters to a female pen-pal. In the end the girl decides not to visit. Morris can pass for white, and has done so in the past, but now he has returned to live with Zachariah in a small, miserable shack in the “colored” section of Port Elizabeth.


To prepare for the date, Morris buys some fine “white” clothes with the money that he and his brother had been saving. This page was last edited on 26 Februaryat Morris decides that, since Zach wants to talk to a woman, he should write letters to a woman, so that he will not feel so lonely. They have shared the same one-room shack for about a year.

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The more level-headed Morris tries to disabuse Zachariah of such notions and warns him that in segregated South Africa, such a relationship can only mean trouble, especially since the girl has indicated in letters that her brother is a policeman. An interesting aspect of the play, in scene seven, is the temporary conflict between Morris and Zachariah, caused by their playing, respectively, the roles of white man and black man, as a game for their own amusement.

He had chosen to live his life as a black man.

Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This time, the game takes bizarre twists. But Ethel sends another letter saying that she is now engaged to be married, and thus will not be coming to visit them. Morris prepares hot water for Zach to bathe his feet.

Both Morris and Zachariah have rich imaginations and have taken part in role-playing games together since they were small boys. His job is to keep black people from coming into the whites-only park. Zach sweating as the words clot in his mouth National Unified Auditions New York. Morris has been saving the money that Zach earns, so that they can buy a two-man farm. The game becomes too real for them.


They are at the point of violence, when they remember that they are only playing a game. Morris is a light-skinned colored man, Zachariah is a black man.

Zachariah works as a gatekeeper at a park. His job is to keep black people from coming into the whites-only park. Want to see your job listed here?

Morrie wants Zach to share his dream of having a farm, but does not seem to realize that Zach must have his own dreams. She does not know that he is black. They are saving money in hopes of buying a farm of their own some day.

The only two characters fhgard the two-hander play are the brothers Morris and Zachariah. Morris is a light-skinned colored man, Zachariah is a black man. He has footsores, from having to stand on his feet all day. The Lost YearsTiverton: Fugard had to endure having his home raided, and having his phone tapped by South African authorities. Reviewing an anniversary performance of the revival instarring Fugard himself in figard role of Morris and Zakes Mokae in the role of Zach the roles both originated in South Africa inNew York Times drama critic Mel Gussow describes the play as “An artfully executed theatrical dialogue