February 15 - 23, 2013

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

World Premiere of a new play
by Omphile Molusi
directed by Omphile Molusi
incollaboration with Rick Boynton

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Cadre casts a spell at once guileless and sophisticated.

Chicago Sun-Times


The Play

Chicago Shakespeare and The Market Theatre of Johannesburg partner to present this world premiere by South African artist Omphile Molusi, inspired by true events in the life of an activist during, and after, the Apartheid era. Following CST’s presentation of Molusi’s internationally acclaimed production Itsoseng in 2010,Cadre explores the life of a former soldier in the Azanian People’s Liberation Army who struggles with feelings of disappointment and betrayal in his quest for democracy. Moving in time between Apartheid and post-Apartheid periods in South Africa’s turbulent past, Cadre is a story of dreams and change, honoring families, friends and all the unsung heroes who died hoping for a better future.

Molusi, one of South Africa’s leading young theater artists, was the first recipient of the Royal Shakespeare Company/Baxter Theatre Brett Goldin Bursary Award, which earned the young playwright a life-changing scholarship to study with the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon.



Video: Cadre at Chicago Shakespeare Theater


Video: Cadre Montage


More to Explore

A Conversation With Omphile Molusi

An interview with playwright and actor Omphile Molusi.
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South Africa's Transformation: A Scholar's Perspective

A scholar's perspective on Cadre and post-apartheid South Africa
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An overview of South African history.
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The Players

Creative Team

Scott Davis Scenic and Costume Designer

Jesse Klug Lighting Designer

Lillian Tshabalala Music Director

 Fight Choreographer

Ari Clouse Production Stage Manager

Omphile Molusi Director/Playwright

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