Upcoming Shows

Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

February 21 - March 15

In remembrance of Nelson Mandela, CAST proudly presents the Regional Premiere of SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona.

It’s 1972 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Sizwe Bansi’s passbook gives him just three days to find work. No work and he’ll be deported. That was four days ago. So when Bansi stumbles across a dead body with a passbook, he asks himself – does his identity card really define who he is? Could he give up his family and his name in order to survive in the time of apartheid?

Fugard, the award-winning playwright, is best known for “‘Master Harold’… and the Boys,” a landmark play about apartheid.

Performances are Feb. 21-March 15, 2014. Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Estimated run time: 85 minutes. No intermission. Please note there are no Thursday performances during this production.

The cast features Ron McClelland and Devin Clark. The directors are Corlis Hayes and Michael R. Simmons, CAST’s Artistic Director. Read more about the cast and creative team.

Tickets are $28 adults; $22 seniors (60+) and $18 students. Get tickets online or 704-455-8542. Group sales are available at groupsales@NCCAST.com or 704-968-9849.

For the safety of the audience and actors, NO LATE SEATING is permitted due to the theater’s “in-the-round” nature. You have to walk across the stage to get to your seats.

This play contains strong language and deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa.

“CAST excels” “Does not disappoint” — Lynn Trenning of The Charlotte Observer. Read the full review.

SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD is “as timely as ever.” — Perry Tannenbaum of Creative Loafing. Read the full review.

Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. FUEL PIZZA FRIDAY Post-Show Q&A with Martin Wilkins, director/dramaturg
Saturday, March 1, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 2, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 7, 8 p.m. FUEL PIZZA FRIDAY and Post-Show Q&A with Dr. Mack Staton of Johnson C. Smith University, who teaches black drama and screenwriting.
Saturday, March 8, 8 p.m. Post-Show Q&A with Mary C. Curtis, award-winning multimedia journalist
Sunday, March 9, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14, 8 p.m. FUEL PIZZA FRIDAY
Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m.

Photos by Mert Jones/MertJones.com.

  • Ron McClelland, CAST, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre
    Sizwe Bansi
    This is Ron McClelland's debut at CAST. Performing in SIZWE BANSI IS DEAD fulfills a 25-year-old dream for him. Read more...
  • Devin Clark, CAST, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre
    Devin Clark is a graduate of Wheaton College and received training with Penumbra Theatre Company. This is his third show at CAST. Read more...
  • Corlis Hayes, CAST, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre
    Corlis Hayes (Director), Ph.D. is a Professor in the Arts and Communication Division at Central Piedmont Community College. Read more...
  • Michael R. Simmons, CAST, Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, Charlotte NC
    Michael R. Simmons is the Artistic Director and past President/Chairman of CAST Education Inc. Read more...