A Lesson From Aloes

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center - 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

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, A Lesson from 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?


For Fugard, it’s not just the message that’s important, but the journey that gets you there—and 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

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

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


  • Director Scott Yarbrough
  • Stage Manager Jamie Hall
  • Dialect Coach Stephanie Gaslin
  • Scenic Designer Curt Enderle
  • Costume Designer Lori Sue Hoffman
  • Lighting Designer Don Crossley
  • Sound Designer Scott Yarbrough
  • Props Master Stephanie Galsin
  • Dramaturg Karin Magaldi


  • Piet Bezuidenhout John Steinkamp
  • Gladys Bezuidenhout Gretchen Corbett
  • Steve Daniels Kevin Jones