New World Arts’ Mainstage Presents: Hello and Goodbye

GOSHEN, Ind. — On January 27, New World Arts in downtown Goshen will open their 2006 season with Hello and Goodbye, a play about family, survival and a search to unravel the burdens of the past. Taking place in apartheid South Africa, the story follows a brother (Johnnie Smit) and sister (Hester Smit) as they meet for the first time since Hester left home twelve years ago. Johnnie has been caring for their invalid father; Hester prostituting herself in Johannesburg. Damaged and isolated, they unpack their father’s possessions in search of money, answers and resurrection.

Hello and Goodbye is directed by Eric Meyer (Goshen, Ind.), who describes it as a „tight, intense and personal pieceš influenced by the political landscape in which it takes place. While the play focuses on two siblings and their family history, larger issues such as apartheid, racial tensions, poverty and patriarchy influence the dynamics played out on stage.

The group also regularly contributes personal reflections and updates to their weblog, an online journal they encourage the public to participate in, which can be found at http://blog.newworldarts.org/hello/.

Hello and Goodbye was written in 1965 by Athol Fugard, a South African writer whose other works include Master Harold...And the Boys, The Road to Mecca, Boesman and Lena and My Children! My Africa!

Hello and Goodbye runs January 27-29 and Feb 3-5 at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3pm on Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for students & seniors. Reservations can be made by phoning (574) 975-0311 or (866) 828-0323. New World Arts is located at 211 S. Main Street in Goshen, Indiana. The entrance is located off Third Street.

Actors Ben Cassie Greer (South Bend, Ind.) and Ben Jacobs (Goshen, Ind.) have spent the last two months exploring the script of New World Arts‚ first 2006 mainstage: Hello and Goodbye. (photo by Daniel Palmer).