Monday, April 25, 2016

Allentown Public Theatre Presents the Award-Winning play The Island April 22 – May 1

The human spirit that conquered apartheid still lives.

For two weekends, beginning April 22, Allentown Public Theatre (APT) presents the South African classic, The Island, on April 22 and 29 at Christ Lutheran Church (13th & Hamilton Sts.) and April 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at the Allentown Arts Park (5th & Court Sts.).
Written in 1973 during the apartheid era by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, 

The Island tells the story of two political prisoners on Robben Island (notorious as the prison where Nelson Mandela was held.) They labor by day, but at night, they sustain each other with memories of home, and rehearse for a prison performance of the Greek tragedy Antigone. In their portrayal of Antigone's courage, they give voice to their own dissent. The Island is a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of crushing odds.  Read more here.

Cast, left to right: Jamil Joseph and Ryan Fields play South African political prisoners; Chiedu Mbonu and Theophilus Timothy represent present-day American inmates. (Kenek Photography.)

Performances of The Island run April 22 – May 1 on Fridays at 7pm indoors at Christ Lutheran Church (13th & Hamilton Sts.) and at Allentown Arts Park (5th & Court Sts.) on Saturdays at noon and 5pm, and Sundays at 2pm. In case of rain, performances will move indoors to Christ Lutheran Church on April 23, 24, and 30; and to St. Luke's Lutheran Church (417 N. 7th St.) on May 1. Tickets are $18 for adults; $14 for seniors; $12 for students. Recommended for audiences high school age and above. Advance tickets, group rates, parking information and more at

Contact: Susan Weaver

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