For his final Broadway score, Kurt Weill gave passionate voice to this powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa. The stirring story is of two aging men-a black country parson and a white British planter-drawn into friendship by a shared grief. The parson's faith is challenged by his son's unintentional murder of the planter's son, while the planter acquires faith through the loss of his son. Sadly, the years have not diminished the timeliness of the theme, which is the tragedy of all people, whether black or white, rich or poor, young or old.
Music by Kurt Weill; Book and Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson; Based on the novel