Blood Knot Comes to Pillsbury House Theatre


From May 17 – June 16, 2019, Pillsbury House Theatre will produce Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot, a parable of two brothers who share a one-room shack near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Equally important today as it was at the time of its 1961 premiere, Blood Knot is a poignant, piercing metaphor for racial tension, powerfully acted by James A. Williams and Stephen Yoakam.

“For at least a decade, Marion McClinton, James Williams and Stephen Yoakam have dreamed of working on Blood Knot together. This season, Pillsbury House Theatre is honored to lay the stage for that dream to become reality.” – Faye Price, Pillsbury House Theatre Co-Artistic Director

Stephen Yoakam and James A. Williams. Photo by Rich Ryan.

By Athol Fugard
Director: by Stephen DiMenna
Creative Consultant: by Marion McClinton
Assistant Director: Carlyle Brown

May 17 – June 16
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM
American Sign Language Date: Friday, June 14 – 7:30 PM
Audio Description Date: Thursday, June 6 – 7:30 PM
Run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission

Athol Fugard’s early masterpiece Blood Knot is an unflinching exploration of race, apartheid and the complicated nature of family. At the time of its 1961 premiere, Blood Knot was the first South African play to be produced with an interracial cast. The play follows Morris and Zachariah, brothers divided by skin color but bound by blood, as they navigate poverty, love, and their relationship to one another. Featuring James A. Williams and Stephen Yoakam, two of the Twin Cities’ most beloved actors, Blood Knot is a tour de force of raw and honest emotion. Masterfully written and powerfully acted, Blood Knot turns an unblinking eye on the underbelly of our humanity.


Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling the Box Office at (612) 825 – 0459.


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