The Red Velvet Goat

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The Red Velvet Goat is a folk play written by Mexican-born Anglo-American playwright and novelist Josephina Niggli (1910–1983; birth name was Josephine) [1].

Original Text

Published 1939 with the subtitle "a Tragedy of Laughter and a Comedy of Tears".

Also published in Folk dramas, written by dramatic art students at the University of North Carolina by University of North Carolina Press, 1949.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans, entitled Die Rooi Ferweeljas. Published by DALRO, 1969. The Afrikaans title translated back into English would be The Red Velvet Coat instead of The Red Velvet Goat. This appears to have been a major misreading of the original title by the translator.

Performance history in South Africa

1946: Presented in English by the University of Cape Town Speech and Drama Department and produced by Rosalie van der Gucht in the Little Theatre, September 1946. The cast: Joyce Pienaar, Leonard Schach, Dorothy Copelowitz, Ashne Kretzmar. Set by W.G. Glennie.

1976: Performed in Afrikaans as Die Rooi Ferweeljas by the Ceres Amateur Toneelvereniging for the Department of Education and Culture in the House of Representatives's Drama festival in Stellenbosch, 1976. The group came second.


Wikipedia [2].

South African Opinion, 3(9):30, 1946.

Trek, 11(7):23, 1946.

Inskip, 1972. p.132.

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