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Patrice Johnson as Veronica and Elijah Felder as Mannetjie (age 5) in Coming Home

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Elijah Felder as Mannetjie (age 5) and Patrice Johnson as Veronica in Coming Home

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Patrice Johnson as Veronica, Elijah Felder as Mannetjie (age 5), and Nyambi Nyambi as Aflred Witbooi in Coming Home

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Lou Ferguson as Oupa and Patrice Johnson as Veronica in Coming Home

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Antonio J. Dandridge as Mannetjie (age 9) and Patrice Johnson as Veronica in Coming Home

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Nyambi Nyambi as Alfred Witbooi, Patrice Johnson as Veronica, and Antonio J. Dandridge as Mannetjie (age 9) in Coming Home

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Nyambi Nyambi as Alfred Witbooi and Antonio J. Dandridge as Mannetjie (age 9) in Coming Home

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Antonio J. Dandridge as Mannetjie (age 9) and Lou Ferguson as Oupa in Coming Home

Coming Home
by Athol Fugard
directed by Blanka Zizka
October 14, 2009November 15, 2009

In his latest play, master playwright Athol Fugard (My Children! My Africa!, “Master Harold”…and the boys) crafts a moving tale of a young South African woman’s never-ending hope for a better future. As a teenager, Veronika left her cherished grandfather's farm with aspirations of becoming a cabaret singer in Cape Town. Years later, she returns to her hometown with broken dreams, a painful secret, and the unflinching hope of building a new life for her young son. From “the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world” (TIME Magazine), Coming Home is a soaring emotional experience, touching, funny, and unforgettable.

Press / News

"Playwright Athol Fugard's dramatic powers — last witnessed at the Wilma in 2007's My Children! My Africa! — prove undiminished!"
— Philadelphia City Paper
"The Wilma Theater opens its season with a supremely enriching production of Athol Fugard’s new play Coming Home. Featuring extraordinarily well-crafted characters, we become fully immersed in their lives, thanks in part to strong performances from the excellent cast. Director Blanka Zizka coaxes and caresses the story forward with a marvelously fluid, almost magical production that fully embraces the play’s lyricism."
“Beautifully crafted, elegant! The play sweeps you in, as does the fluid staging by director Blanka Zizka!”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
 • Mannetjie, age 5
 • Oupa
 • Veronica
 • Alfred Witbooi
 • Playwright
 • Production Manager
 • Set & Costume Designer
 • Composer & Musician
 • Sound Designer

Cast

Antonio J. Dandridge • Mannetjie, age 9

Production Team

Blanka Zizka • Director
 • Dramaturg
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer