Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

The Train Driver

by Athol Fugard Running Time: 90 minutes

February 25, 2015 to
March 15, 2015

Studio Theatre
Directed by C. Michael Wright

Latecomers will not be admitted into the theatre. Be sure to allow ample time to park and get to the theatre.

Featuring David Daniel and Michael A. Torrey

Midwest Premiere!
Roelf Visagie is desperately searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train. His quest eventually leads him to an eye-opening encounter with an old gravedigger. Inspired by an actual event in South Africa, this hard-hitting new drama is the latest from Athol Fugard, one of our greatest living playwrights.

Lloyd & Mary Ann Gerlach
Kathryn & Vern Herman
Jamshed & Deborah Patel

Athol Fugard
Roelf David Daniel
Simon Michael A. Torrey

Production Staff
Director C. Michael Wright
Scenic Designer Lisa Schlenker
Costume Designer Debra Krajec
Lighting Designer Steven Roy White
Properties Master Melissa Centgraf
Sound Designer Victoria Deiorio
Stage Manager Judy Martel
<February 2015>
222324257:30 PM (P)267:30 PM (P)278:00 PM (O)284:00 PM8:00 PM
12:00 PM2347:30 PM (V)57:30 PM (T)68:00 PM74:00 PM8:00 PM

T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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ViewPoints: The Train Driver

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:30 PM

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The Train Driver media release

Monday, February 9, 2015

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Media Coverage

'The Train Driver' Offers Magnetic Acting

Monday, March 2, 2015

by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee Dial; For more than 50 years Athol Fugard’s fame has been tied to his reputation as the white South African playwright whose pinpoint morality tales and insights into human behavior helped crush apartheid.

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Chamber Theatre stages Fugard’s ‘The Train Driver’

Monday, March 2, 2015

by Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express; Director C. Michael Wright carves weighty drama into an earthen stage with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of The Train Driver. Athol Fugard’s emotionally intense drama is the story of a man coping with the death of a stranger who walked with her baby out into the path of his train.

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Good Grief

Monday, March 2, 2015

by Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine; Rage, not mourning is the first emotion on display in Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver—receiving its Midwest premiere by Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Roelf Visagie (played with brazen energy by David Daniel) arrives at a makeshift graveyard searching for the remains of a mother and infant child. He comes not to mourn them, but to curse them.

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At Chamber Theatre, Fugard's 'Train Driver' reveals slow pace of change

Sunday, March 1, 2015

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; In December 2000, Athol Fugard opened a South African newspaper to read about a suicide on the train tracks involving a mother and her three children. That was the impetus for "The Train Driver," which profiles the title character's ensuing remorse in what Fugard has called "the most important play I have ever written."

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MCT's 'The Train Driver' offers a bleak, complex look at post-apartheid South Africa

Sunday, March 1, 2015

by Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette; Bleak. That’s the single word I’d use to sum up The Train Driver, the exemplary Athol Fugard play currently receiving its Midwestern premiere at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

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Chamber Theatre's "The Train Driver" provides a momentous evening

Sunday, March 1, 2015

by Dave Begel,; ... That is the essence of "The Train Driver," the powerful drama by Athol Fugard that opened over the weekend at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Fugard is a South African playwright who has built a giant reputation writing about his country and the apartheid that was for so long a way of life.

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MCT’s ‘Train Driver’ hits racial prejudice head-on

Thursday, February 26, 2015

by Michael Muckian, Wisconsin Gazette; Roelf Visagie, a white Afrikaner who drives a train in his native South Africa, is haunted by the death of a black African woman and her child. One night, out of nowhere, the woman steps in front of his engine as a way of committing suicide.

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"The Train Driver" Tackles Race and Class in Modern-Day South Africa

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

by Bonnie North, WUWM's Lake Effect; An interview with THE TRAIN DRIVER actors David Daniel and Michael A. Torrey.

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Michael Wright brings personal experience to Athol Fugard's 'The Train Driver'

Friday, February 20, 2015

by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Apartheid formally ended in South Africa in the 1990s, but Athol Fugard has not run out of subjects for his plays. In "The Train Driver" (2010), Roelf, a distraught white train driver, searches for the grave — and identity — of a woman and her child struck by his train.

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Performing Fugard’s Greatest Play?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

by Claire Nowak, Urban Milwaukee Dial; The story behind The Train Driver, the latest production from Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, is a simple one. A man named Roelf (David Daniel) accidentally kills a mother and her child with the train he drives, and though neither the police nor anyone else could identify them, he feels driven to learn who these unfortunate souls were.

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Presents ‘The Train Driver’

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

by Amanda Sullivan, Shepherd Express; As part of its 40th anniversary season, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents the Midwest premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver, described by the playwright as the “most important play I have ever written.”

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Interview with Director C. Michael Wright

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

...Athol Fugard is one of my heroes. I first met him back in 1982, when I auditioned for the Broadway production of his semi-autobiographical play “MASTER HAROLD”…AND THE BOYS, which he also directed. At the audition, Athol actually got up on his feet and read scenes with me! I’d never had a director – much less a director who also happens to be the playwright – read with me in an audition situation. But that’s the kind of man he is ...

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