A Lesson From Aloes

by Athol Fugard

May 4, 2007 - June 2, 2007
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
- Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center -
Outstanding Direction - Scott Yarbrough
Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role - Gretchen Corbett
Outstanding Scenic Design - Curt Enderle
Outstanding Lighting Design - Don Crossley

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?


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
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