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FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH

5/4/2018 12:30:45 PM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND AFTER A SOLD OUT RUN IN 2017


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Daphne Kuhn and Kizara Kreative present

FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH
written by and starring Chantal Stanfield

Directed by Megan Furniss

12th – 23rd June

This is the totally bizarre, completely hilarious, strangely moving and absolutely true story of what happened when a brownish girl from the Cape Flats got involved with a Jew-ish boy from Joburg’s East Rand returns to the theatre for a limited run, after a sold out season in 2017!

Chantal Stanfield shares her mostly accurate personal story of what happened to her – a girl from the Cape Flats – and how she entered the strange world of Jewish Joburg, where she had to navigate meeting the boyfriend’s family at her first shabbos ever, to late-night benching (no, not the gym kind), and the strange and secret spaces of shul and shandes (scandals). She wrestles with confusion over her identity, and the various labels that are placed on her while trying to understand Yiddish (oy gevalt!), gefilte fish and decades-old faribels! She deals with the panic of what to wear to a bris (ritual circumcision of a week-old boy baby) and being questioned about her afro hair.

This uniquely South African tale reveals the first-hand experiences of being a Goy (a Yiddish word used by some Jews to describe a non-Jew), and a ‘coloured’ one at that in the tiny, tight Jewish community of Joburg. Chantal tries to get to grips with a culture and heritage that is so vastly different to her own, but sometimes, surprisingly similar. Along the way we meet the omnipresent voice of her mother, her gay best friend and even her first Rabbi.

FROM KOE’SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH will run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square from 12th – 23rd June. There will be 6 performances per week - Tuesdays to Fridays at 8.15pm and two shows on Saturdays at 6pm and 8.15pm. Enquire about dinner show specials and group discounts. Call the theatre on 011 883-8606 or book online: www.computicket.com or tel. the call centre: 0861 915 8000

 

Koe’siestes: Soft, sticky Cape Malay doughnuts, lightly spiced with aniseed and cinnamon, dipped in syrup and covered with desiccated coconut.

 

Kneidlach: Jewish soup dumplings made of matzah meal, eggs, water and fat, traditionally served in chicken soup and a staple on Passover. Also known as matzah balls.

 

COMING SOON

LAND ACT

9th - 28th July

From the team who brought us the sold out PAY BACK THE CURRY and STATE FRACTURE

LAND ACT follows a similar multi-sketch format with Richards’ physical dexterity, singing, acting range, accents and characterization - and just as impressive!

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FAWLTY FLOWERS

31st July - 11th August

FAWLTY FLOWERS is pure, delicious Fawlty fun from start to finish

FAWLTY FLOWERS is pure, delicious Fawlty fun from start to finish

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A COUCH AND A PIANO

13th – 25th August

An hilarious musical about divorce

Every song in A COUCH AND A PIANO is a popular classic, with each song relating to different aspects of the emotional divorce spectrum.

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FREUD’S LAST SESSION

28th August – 15th September

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - FREUD’S LAST SESSION

Two legendary scholars debate religion, sex, love, the existence of God, and the meaning of life itself

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CHRISTINE & THE KILTS

18th - 29th September

featuring songs from Christine Weir’s album Invision, and also showcases some of the most beautiful Scottish and Irish standards

If you love that Celtic sound and feel like some guid Scottish humour, then button up your fly, grip onto your trouser belt and get yourself down to the Auto & General Theatre on the Square for CHRISTINE WEIR AND THE KILTS.

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ODD MAN OUT

2nd – 21st October

ODD MAN OUT is a new comedy by AUSTRALIA'S most prolific playwright David Williamson.

Described as an unconventional romantic comedy... The main theme is a couple dealing with the fact that one is naturally socially adept and one isn’t quite so good at that — and that’s where a lot of the comedy comes from. 

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STUART TAYLOR’S FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT

23rd October  - 3rd November

Stuart Taylor returning to the stage with his hilarious new offering, Funny You Should Say That.

Stuart Taylor returning to the stage with his hilarious new offering, Funny You Should Say That.

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THE REVLON GIRL

6th November – 1st December

"A brilliant piece of theatre... And the performances are superb" ★★★★ The Wee Review

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square presents a remarkably warm, sorrowful, and times funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering and make-up.

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ZOEMBA

26th June – 7th July

A musical theatre production for children

Enter the magical journey of Zoemba the Rhino. He lives in a game reserve with his two friends, Jippie and Doolie.

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ABOUT US


CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF FINE THEATRE at the AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE!

AUTO & GENERAL EXTENDS ITS SPONSORSHIP/NAMING RIGHTS FOR SANDTON’S THEATRE ON THE SQUARE FOR ANOTHER YEAR!

Daphne Kuhn, who established the Theatre on the Square in Rosebank in 1994, and then in Sandton in 1997, is very excited and proud to announce that its sponsorship by insurance giant, Auto & General Insurance, has been extended for another year.  This was announced during the 20th birthday celebrations of the theatre last week.
 
“This association and investment in the theatre will be an injection of much needed funding for development - and fuel for creativity! The theatre has provided the infrastructure, work opportunities and exposure for scores of actors, writers, directors, designers, comedians, musician and technicians. It has produced or presented over 1800 new productions and concerts in the last two decades, as well as children’s theatre, workshops, corporate events, regular jazz and weekly lunch hour classical concerts. The theatre has been acknowledged with awards bearing witness to its huge contribution to the cultural life of South African”, says Kuhn.
 
According to Tom Creamer, CEO of Auto & General Insurance, “We are thrilled to support the Theatre on the Square.  We hope that our sponsorship will assist in nurturing, developing and exposing the wealth of proudly South African talent and product.”
 
The Auto & General Theatre on the Square has not only been blessed with a supportive sponsor, but with a theatre angel too - Carolyn Steyn, the founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. With her impeccable style and theatre background, Carolyn also initiated and managed the refurbishment of the theatre and is the official Patron of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.
 
 “In 2017/8 we have a, a dynamic line-up of new, local and international plays, including comedies, classical music, jazz and youth projects with our wealth of incredible South African talent to uplift the cultural life of all. We shall now be able to continue to stage plays, inimitable satire, consummate performances, finest music and be an important theatrical voice that reflects on our lives and attitudes in South Africa,” concludes Kuhn.



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The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.

Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.

The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1300 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 20 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.

Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 20 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre. We look forward to seeing you soon!"

 

LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

The theatre is delighted to present and  to produce , for the 10th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.

Hartham Properties has come on board together with a Supporting Grant  from BASA for assisting with marketing.

Ticket Price: R50.  The price includes concert, programme, coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice. 

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22nd June
KHANYISILE MTHETWA on the flute and PETER CARTWRIGHT on the piano
Work by Cesar Franck

29th June
BRIGHT – A LUNCH HOUR TRIBUTE TO SARAH BRIGHTMAN
with soprano CANDIS ANGELENE and SAMANTHA HERMAN (piano)

6th July
PIANO & SAXOPHONE CONCERT
CHANIE JONKER (piano) & KARIN GROENEWALD (sax) playing works from Bach to Piazzolla

13th July
VIOLIN AND PIANO DUET with VIARA MARKOVA and ANNELIEN BALL
Works by Schubert and Korngold

20th July
BOBBY VAN DER WATT (flute), CAMELIA ONEA (violin), ELMARIE VAN DER VYFER (viola), MAREN DU PLESSIS (cello) and TESSA OLIVIER on piano.
Works by Mozart, Dvorak, Mahler, Piazzolla and JS Bach.

27th July
An hour of African Classical Crossover celebrating Nelson Mandela
with well known musical ensemble, GIFTED FOLKS

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Corporate sponsorship of R12000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.

20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.

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CONTACT


Tel: 0118838606 (Theatre Box Office) or 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Address:

Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesdays to Saturday, at 8:15pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm

Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show. 

Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show. 

Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre

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