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ELECTIONS AND ERECTIONS IN THE US (article first published : 2008-03-24)

Pieter-Dirk Uys will spend the next two months in the USA. His first week is at the University of Southern California doing workshops with the theatre students, as well as performances of his show Elections & Erections. He will also attend showings of Darling: The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story, a documentary film about his AIDS-awareness entertainments at South African schools filmed by New Zealand director Julian Shaw. The film recently won one of the three top documentary awards at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.

Uys and his show will then move to Boston for five weeks of performance and lecture demonstrations at Harvard University, ending in New York with three gala performances at La Mama. His last show here, Foreign Aids, was awarded an Obie in 2004.

Elections & Erections: A chronicle of Fear and Fun written and performed by Pieter-Dirk Uys takes place from April 3 to May 4 presented at the A.R.T.’s Zero Arrow Club, corner of Arrow Street and Mass. Ave, Cambridge, Boston.

Erections & Erections is a journey through the minefields of fear and fun from the point of view of a white South African who saw the light early on in his restricted society and didn't close the curtains. That light was the weapon of humour against bad politics. Democracy and sex were illegal during the Apartheid years and so, with this as a basis, Pieter-Dirk Uys pitches his satirical tent at the crossroads of two impending elections - The USA Presidential one in November and the next South Africa General Election in April 2008.

Some have suggested that the show in Cambridge can only be about Hillary and Bill Clinton. Elections & Erections is not a Clinton family copyright. ANC President Jacob Zuma, heir apparent to the presidency of South Africa recently admitted to having unprotected sex with a woman who was HIV-positive - but was in no danger as he had a shower afterwards!! Uys brings six different characters to his stage to illustrate various aspects of our shared fears and fun - from affirmative action as inspired by the USA, to freedom of speech in both South Africa and the US, where terms and conditions apply more and more.

“The higher politicians climb the pole of ambition the more of their asses we can see.” - Pieter-Dirk Uys

Pieter Dirk Uys inaugurated the A.R.T.’s Zero Arrow Theatre to enormous critical and audience success with his show Foreign Aids, presented as part of the A.R.T.’s South African Festival in 2005. One of the world’s great political cabaret performers, he has been raising laughs and AIDS awareness in South Africa and worldwide. He brings with him a host of special guests, all of whom he performs with uncanny accuracy and deep affection, including Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and his most outrageous creation - the glamorous Evita Bezuidenhout, the self-described “most famous white woman in South Africa.”

His new performance piece, Elections and Erections - coming to A.R.T. during the US own election year — is his latest, most outrageous attack on political outrage, which underlines the “mock” in democracy and exposes the “con” in reconciliation. With his chorus line of monsters, masters, and madams, Uys use humour to puncture state hypocrisy and to speak truth to power.

For more information visit www.amrep.org or call the A.R.T. Info Line at (617) 547-8300. The Info Line is also available 24 hours a day to provide directions to the theatre; to order brochures, calendars, and newsletters; and to allow direct access to the A.R.T. Box Office (hours are noon to curtain time on performance days, noon to 17h00 on non-performance days, closed on Mondays).




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