Athol Fugard and Censorship

Consider this to be in honor of the first show of Fugard Chicago 2010 beginning this weekend with “Master Harold”…and the Boys at TimeLine.

Athol Fugard, the South African playwright, described censorship as hesitation. For him censorship is not necessarily the proximity of government inspectors or a threat of imprisonment but, rather, on the physical hesitation of his hand while writing. Censorship is his own private vacillation provoked by whatever doubts are out to ambush him. Censorship is a physical hesitation in the light of fleeting thought or doubt about how his peers might receive what he is writing, whether or not they will like it or if it will be published.

-From A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart

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