America Hurrah is a satirical play by Belgian-born American playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie.
The original text
Premiered at the Pocket Theatre in New York City on November 7, 1966. Directed by Jacques Levy and Joseph Chaikin, the play was an early expression of the burgeoning 1960s counterculture, expressing discontent with American consumerism and involvement in the Vietnam War. It consists of three one-act plays: Interview, TV, and Motel.
Performance history in South Africa
197*: Performed at the Little Theatre under the direction of Mavis Taylor in 197*. In the cast of Interview were Michele Maxwell, John Pitt, Sue Fish, Tony Levin, Minky Schlesinger, Vincent Ebrahim, Beverley Helsdinger and Michael Richard. The TV cast included John Pitt, Beverley Helsdinger, Tony Levin, Beverley Melnick, Michael Richard, Vincent Ebrahim, Michele Maxwell and Minky Schlesinger. Maggie Soboil, Sue Fish, Michael Richard and Beverley Melnick appeared in Motel. Costumes by Helen Rooza, lighting by Mick Wells, sound by Colin Shaw. Puppets, masks and slides designed by Peter Krummeck, puppets created and made by Toby van Eyk. Stage manager Bobby Heaney.
Translations and adaptations
Interview was translated into Afrikaans by Johann van Heerden as Onderhoud. Public performance rights in South Africa were not allowed for political reasons, therefore the play was presented by Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch to an invited audience in the H.B. Thom Theatre on 25 March 1988 only. Directed by Van Heerden, starring Adré Aucamp, Jako Voges, Perlé van Schalkwyk, Marchand de Kok, Sarah Theron, Deon de Bruyn, Tanya Swanepoel, Arnold Hoon.
S'ketsh' Summer 1972
America Hurrah theatre programme. Little Theatre.
UTS theatre pamphlet
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