Valley Song

By Athol Fugard
and Brenda Withers
Directed by Jean-Remy Monnay
March 22-24, 2024

A poor yet dignified war veteran who is devoted to his vegetable furrows in a remote South African province, Buks is anxious to shield his dreamy, restless granddaughter Veronica from temptations beyond the valley. She is equally anxious to be a singer in faraway Johannesburg. Her self-made songs brim with the longings of youth, seeking the courage to embrace the future while her grandfather searches for the wisdom to let go of the past.

“Fugard’s miniature masterpiece … an instant classic.”(NY Times)

“Eloquent and visionary … It glows with a triumphant human spirit.” (Variety)

Performance times
Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 pm
FREE (with donations greatly appreciated!)
Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave., Albany, NY
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Note on COVID safety
For the 2023-24 season, mask-wearing is encouraged, but no longer required at Theater Voices shows (subject to change based on CDC and community health guidelines).

Jean-Remy Monnay (Director) grew up in Haiti and has been acting in French and Creole since he was about 8 years old. He moved to New York in the 80s and continued performing in his native language with a Haitian troupe until 1997. His directing credits include Hoodoo Love, Sweat, Topdog/Underdog, The Niceties, Fences, Flyin’ West, The Light, Dead and Breathing, Yours for the Oppressed, Eclipsed, Intimate Apparel, The Mountaintop, The Piano Lesson, Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, I Just Stopped By to See the Man, A Lesson Before Dying, Reunion In Bartersville, Wedding Band, Camp Logan and more. Film credits include Netflix’s Grand Army, Follow Her, The History Channel’s The Revolution, Rachael’s Ward, 2007 Ed Wood Film Festival, Night of Autumn, Blood Conscious and Time Crunch. Remy is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY (BTTUNY) and an associate artist at theREP and Troy Foundry Theatre.