What We Wish For

I wrote a ten-minute play as part of a project with the University of Iowa in 2015. When the Fugard Theatre commissioned a new play, this was the opportunity to extend this play and interrogate its theme of the sanctity of life versus the quality of life. Written in 2019, the play is scheduled for production in 2020.


A few years ago, I was involved in a project with the University of Iowa where they appointed three playwrights to write 10-minute plays and we did the same in Cape Town, South Africa.  We then had these plays produced by senior students at the University of Iowa and the University of Cape Town.  On a particular night, we linked a theatre in Cape Town to a theatre in Iowa by video technology and the audiences separated by 10000 km, watched the plays in real time, with each followed by a discussion.

My play dealt with a family tragedy in which a young man is involved in a motor vehicle accident and is terribly maimed.

The Fugard Theatre commissioned me to write a play in 2018, and this provided me with the opportunity to extend this ten-minute piece into a full-length play in which I explore the theme of the sanctity of life, mercy killing and related issues.

First Production

The Fugard Theatre is planning to produce it in the first half of 2020 as part of a season of new writing.


Greg Karvellas.