By CityLife Arts Writer
A new one-act drama by Mark Scheepers will make its debut at the Market Theatre next month.
Duskis a mysterious story of murder and memory, set on a farm in rural Limpopo.
It stars Michelle Douglas and Loyiso MacDonald and is directed by award-winning Palesa Mazamisa.
Douglas will star as Tessa, a former actress who gave up her career to devote her life to her family and their farm. When their eldest son Chris comes home from university, Tessa’s carefully curated life is thrown into chaos and tragedy unfolds.
A year later, in the midst of grief and mental turmoil, Tessa is visited by KG (Loyiso MacDonald). KGgrew up on the farm and was the lover of Chris, and has come to find out what happened on that fateful day. As Tessa grapples with her grasp on reality and descends into paranoia and psychosis, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Dusk tackles issues around mental health, abuse, land and violence and ultimately the power of love and forgiveness.
Mark Scheepers is a writer and actor who has had two scripts produced for television as part of the Ekasi-Our Stories series.
Palesa Mazamisa is an actor, writer and director who won the 2019 Naledi Theatre Awards for Best New South African Script and Best Supporting Actor for her satirical playShoes & Coups.
Michelle Douglasis an actress previously seen in productions including Green Man Flashing, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the UniverseandThe Revlon Girl.
Loyiso MacDonald is an actor best known for his role as Ntando Sibeko in the soap opera Isidingo. He has also appeared in plays including Kiss of the Spider Womanand Othello.
Dusk was made possible by the generous made possible by Eyesizwe Mining Development Trust.
Dusk launches a series of new commissioned works that will be staged during the 2021/2022 season as part of the continuum of the Market Theatre’s commitment to finding new theatre voices and works.
Dusk will run at the Market Theatre from 2 July – 1 August.
PRODUCTION INFORMATION CREATIVE TEAM
Writer Mark Scheepers
Director Palesa Mazamisa
Lighting Designer Josias Masheane
Props & Set Designer Karabo Legoabe – Mtshali
Costume Designer Busisiwe Nkabinde
Stage Manager Zandile Mawane
Michelle Douglas as Tessa
Loyiso MacDonald as KG
Age Recommendation 13
Season: Friday 2 July – Sunday 1 August 2021
Venue: Mannie Manim Theatre
Performance times: Tuesday – Saturday @19h00 and Sunday @15h15
Ticket prices: Tuesday – Thursday R90.00 Friday – Saturday R150.00 and Sunday R130.00
To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/
083 246 4950.