Cast Set for Off-Broadway Presentation of Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Cast Set for Off-Broadway Presentation of Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena Yaël Farber directs the Signature Theatre production.
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Casting is complete for the Signature Theatre's upcoming production of Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena, which will begin its Off-Broadway run February 5.

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Directed by Yaël Farber, performances will continue through March 17 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street). Opening night is scheduled for February 25.

The cast includes Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah (Fela, Signature’s Master Harold... and the Boys, Broadway's upcoming Moulin Rouge!) as Boesman, Zainab Jah (Eclipsed, Signature’s Venus) as Lena, and Thomas Silcott (Luke Cage) as Old African.

Legacy playwright Fugard has made a home at Signature since being the inaugural Residency 1 playwright at the Center. In this production of Boesman and Lena, the human need for kindness, hope, and compassion is on display in the struggles of abusive Boesman and his long-suffering wife Lena, who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.

The creative team includes scenic and costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, sound designer Matt Hubbs, fight director UnkleDave’s Fight-House, and dialect coach Barbara Rubin.

The production stage manager is Cherie B. Tay, and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

All tickets for the initial run of the production are $35 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. For more information, visit

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