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June 20 , 2008

Dogs of the Blue Gods (A Play)


*Winner of the 1989/90 Tonight/AA Life Vita Award for Comedy in Theatre*

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"The play is brilliant."(Weekly Mail) "A very fine, thoughtful piece of writing that has both a message and is very very funny." (The Star)

An award-winning South African theatre play, written at the height of Apartheid. The play takes place in a police dog training facility. The characters themselves are dogs - played by actors padding around on all fours. The story unfolds as we discover the group dynamics of a bunch of very jaundiced, somewhat depressed dogs, beginning to wonder what their purpose is in life. The simmering discontent of the dogs existence is brought to a head with the arrival of Rex, a domestic civilian dog with radically different ideas. A dog's Godot begins to play out in the kennel...

Ian Fraser is a South African writer and playwright, now a permanent resident in the US. His memoir, My Own Private Orchestra, was published by Penguin Books (South Africa) in 1993 and was nominated for the CNA Literary Awards in the Debut section.
His plays have been professionally and successfully produced by theatre companies in South Africa, the US, and elsewhere. Most recently his work was staged at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island; at the Garioch Theatre Festival in the United Kingdom; and by Playwrights Round Table in Orlando, Florida. In 2007, he won the AcidTheatre ‘Freedom of Speech’ Monologue Competition in the UK.

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