Selwyn & Gabriel is a new comedy-drama by Richard Kaplan, writer of The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner. It opens on 28 August at the Alexander Bar and Theatre.
In the dead of night, Selwyn Aaron Bernstein wakes to find an intruder Gabriel in his home. Something terrible has happened. Gabriel, who is at once interrogator, bureaucrat and therapist begins an investigation. “Where were you on the 10th July 2016 at 2.34am when the lights went out?” he asks. “I was asleep,” Selwyn replies.
But was he? What follows is an intriguing inner journey of discovery about regret and real estate, flight and friendship, lies and integrity, and love. Always love.
Directed by Matthew Kalil, Selwyn & Gabriel features Kai Luke Brummer as Selwyn and Mbulelo Grootboom as Gabriel. Both are award-winning actors who bring freshness and passion to their roles.
Kai Luke Brummer graduated from UCT in 2016 with a B.A Honours in Theatre and Performance, with distinction in Acting. He was awarded the Ellie Walendorf Prize for best male actor in 2015. He has performed in numerous theatre productions, including The Dead Wait directed by Mdu Kweyama, Ebola directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen, Black Dog/ Inj’enyama directed by Clare Stopford, Gavin Krastin’s Trophy and in (s)kin directed by Mbongeni Mtshali.
Mbulelo Grootboom is a film, TV and stage thespian. He received a Fleur du Cap award in 2013 for his role in Mike van Graan’s Just Business. He is currently appearing in four shows across the television channels.
Matthew Kalil is a writer, director and script editor. He has an MA in Screenwriting from the NSFTV in the UK and over 20 years of experience in directing, editing and writing. He has written and co-written over 40 produced TV shows. His projects and collaborations have been seen in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Thailand, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Richard Kaplan is a medical doctor working in the field of HIV research at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. His first play, The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner was performed at the Alexander Bar and the Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2016. Selwyn & Gabriel is his second play.
What: Selwyn & Gabriel
Where and when: Alexander Bar and Theatre from 28 August to 9 September 2017