Handspring Puppet Company
Ubu & the Truth Commission

The Public Theater
September 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Director: William Kentridge
Writer: Jane Taylor
Truth Commission Research: Antjie Krog
Design: Adrian Kohler, William Kentridge
Film Editor: Catherine Meyburgh
Animation: William Kentridge
Assistant Animators: Tau Qwelane, Susie Gabie
Picture & Video Research: Gail Behrmann
Lighting Design: Wesley France
Choreography: Robyn Orlin
Sound Design: Wilbert Schübel
Music: Brendan Jury, Warrick Sony
Puppet Master: Adrian Kohler
Costume Design: Adrian Kohler
Costume Maker: Sue Steele, Lisa Perry
Set Construction: Just Sets
Puppet Maker: Adrian Kohler
Assistant Puppet Maker: Tau Qwelane
Animatronics: Dean Pitman
Photographer: Ruphin Coudyzer
Production Coordinator: Basil Jones
Stage Manager, Lighting & Video Operator: Kim Gunning
Stage Sound Designer and Operator: Simon Mahoney
Production & Tour Manager: Wesley France

Pa Ubu: Dawid Minnaar
Ma Ubu: Busi Zokufa
Puppet Characters: Basil Jones, Adrian Kohler, Louis Seboko

The financial assistance of the following institutions made this production possible:
Kunstfest Weimar
The Department Of Arts, Culture, Science & Technology
The Standard Bank National Arts Festival Art Bureau ­ München

Ubu and the Truth Commission is presented in association with The Kennedy Center, African Odyssey Program, sponsored by American Express.

HANDSPRING PUPPET COMPANY was founded in 1981 by four Fine Arts graduates including Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, who now head the company. Initially based in Cape Town, Handspring wrote and produced rod puppet plays for children, touring schools in South Africa and surrounding countries. In 1985 they produced their first play for adults, which was seen that year at the UNIMA festival in Charleville-Mézières. In 1986, Handspring built a studio in Johannesburg to be closer to the TV industry and for about four years divided their time between children's TV and theatre for adults. Encouraged by the response to their adult work, they collaborated with a succession of innovative directors, (including Barney Simon, founder of the Market Theatre), producing a new play for adults every 12 to 18 months. Handspring's partnership with the renowned artist, filmmaker and director, William Kentridge began in 1992, with his direction of Woyzeck on the Highveld which toured the world. Their other collaborations, Faustus in Africa, Ubu and the Truth Commission and Monteverdi' s Il Ritorno D¹Ulisse have been invited to perform across Europe and America.