Blood Knot plot summary, character breakdowns, context and analysis, and performance video clips. Athol Fugard. Based on the Play/Book/Film. Category. Just before intermission in Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot,” which American Players Theatre opened over the weekend in Spring Green under Ron. Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot. Derek Cohen. Although several of the handful of internationally-known South Af- rican writers have tried their hands at drama.

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Both Morris and Zachariah have rich imaginations and have taken part in role-playing games together since they were small boys.

Read More dancers Performer. Morris has been saving the money that Zach earns, so that they can buy a two-man farm.

Zachariah works as a gatekeeper at a park. Morris prepares hot water for Zach to bathe his feet. The play was prepared for transmission on British television twice in the s. The play ends with no real resolution. Also surviving, it stars the Jamaican actor Charles Hyatt as Zach and Fugard himself again playing Morris; Fugard was pleased with the results:. Its Broadway premiere was at the John Golden Theatreinwith Fugard and Mokae playing the brothers as they had in the play’s premiere.

Morris and Zachariah will, apparently, remain together for many unhappy years to come, needing each other, but unable to bridge the gap brought about by their respective skin tones. Morris, in fact, had been tempted to use his light skin-color to try to live his life as a white man, but had been unable to live with the guilt and uncertainty that this had caused.


The play was most recently performed in JohannesburgSouth Africa in as part of Mandela Day celebrations, with Michael Brando playing the lead role of Morris.

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Thus, Morris proposes that Zach write letters to a female pen-pal. Less pleased, and committed to the system of apartheidthe South African government of B.

In the end the girl decides not to visit. They start writing letters to a young woman named Ethel Lange. Gain full access to mnot guides, character breakdowns, auditions, monologues and more! He has footsores, from having to stand on his feet all day. Myself as Morrie, with Charles Hyatt as Zach. It becomes evident that Morris secretly holds his brother in disdain, and that Zachariah secretly harbors thoughts of killing Morris.

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Zach spends thieir savings on a suit of clothes for Morris, telling him that he should go to see Ethel. The game becomes too real for them. Zach sweating as the words clot in his mouth Morris is a light-skinned colored man, Zachariah is a black man. Zach dictates the letters, and Morris copies them. When he puts kot the clothes, he begins to adopt the white mannerisms and speech patterns that he had learned years earlier when trying to “pass” in white society.


The more level-headed Morris tries to disabuse Zachariah of bolod notions, and warns him that in segregated South Africa, such a relationship can only mean trouble, especially since the girl has indicated in letters that she has a brother who’s a policeman.

Most exciting was his treatment of the letter writing scene — “Address her” — which fugarr turned into an essay in literacy Zach spends their savings on a suit of clothes for Morris, telling him that he should go to see Ethel.

As he does so, he begins to treat his brother like an inferior, as any middle-class white South African would treat a black servant. Read More actors, singers, dancers Performer. The Department of Theatre seeks students interested in studying acting, fuard, scene design Midgley reduced the play to 90 minutes Both were raised by the same black mother, b,ood have different fathers, and Morris is much more fair-skinned than Zachariah.

This time, the game takes bizarre twists. Morrie wants Zach to share his dream of having a farm, but does not seem to realize that Zach must have his own dreams.