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A Lesson from Aloes
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A Lesson from Aloes
by Athol Fugard
May 4, 2007 through June 2, 2007

A psychological mystery of survival and politics, this award-winning play is considered by many to be Fugard's masterpiece.

Set in apartheid-era South Africa, Aloes shows how a nation's ideology creates an atmosphere that is either nurturing or poisonous. At what point does personal survival outweigh social justice? What happens to a friendship undermined by fear and paranoia? What can be done when mere existence is considered an act of treason?

Gladys - Gretchen Corbett
Steve - Kevin Jones
Piet - John Steinkamp
Director - Slayden Scott Yarbrough
Scenic Design - Curt Enderle
Costume Design - Lori Sue Hoffman
Lighting Design - Don Crossley
Sound Design - Slayden Scott Yarbrough
Dramaturg - Karin Magaldi
Dialect Coach - Stephanie Gaslin
Stage Manager - Jamie Hill
Technical Director - Daniel Shaw
Master Carpenter - Demetri Pavlatos
Painter - Curt Enderle
Props Master - Stephanie Gaslin
Deck Crew - Alisha Flaumenbaum
Light Operator - Jamie Hill
Sound Operator - Tricia Tonn
Box Office Manager - T. Foxe
Box Office - Tim True
House Manager - Valerie Stevens
House Manager - Damon Kupper
Volunteer Coordinator - Pat Hastings
Outstanding Direction - Slayden Scott Yarbrough
Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role - Gretchen Corbett
Outstanding Scenic Design - Curt Enderle
Outstanding Lighting Design - Don Crossley

"Fugard's examination of the effects of totalitarian repression on human relationships is a work of terrible sadness played with stifling desperation by the excellent ensemble." - Willamette Week

"John Steinkamp is wonderful as the stubborn Piet.... Gretchen Corbett and Kevin Jones also are terrific, and Slayden Scott Yarbrough's steady direction creates a dire, affecting tableau." - Portland Tribune

"Third Rail's solid production eloquently renders Fugard's message. In the hands of director Slayden Scott Yarbrough, this story speaks clearly and articulately as a lesson for our own time." - Portland Mercury

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