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Zimbabwe's president's life becomes art

Friday, October 04, 2013 - 01:34

Oct. 04 - ''Breakfast with Mugabe'' tells the loose story of Robert Mugabe's life. Alicia Powell reports.

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The life of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe takes center stage in New York. "Breakfast with Mugabe" was written by British playwright Fraser Grace after reading an article about the president being severely depressed, and convinced he was haunted by a ghost. Mugabe, who is known for his racist views towards white people, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist. Grace says writing about the relationship was important for the play. SOUNDBITE: Fraser Grace, playwright, saying (English): "Someone who bitterly resents the kind of white yolk and is very resistant to turn to a white man for help. And it is a huge thing for him to overcome I think. He has to in the play because he is desperate, no one else will help him. And he has to find a way of sort of getting this thing off his back." Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain in 1980 and overwhelmingly won a July 31 vote extending his 33-year rule. Actor Michael Rogers portrays Mugabe and says he had no hesitation in taking the part. SOUNDBITE: Michael Rogers, actor, saying (English): "We've had all these terrific Shakespearian roles, but this is a brand new role. We have taken now a modern character today and this play I think is a classic and I approach it like that." Producers have extended an invitation for Mugabe to see the play, however they don't expect him to accept. SOUNDBITE: Fraser Grace, playwright, saying (English): "You know I think people are often very pleased just that there is a play about their country. And people are talking about it. And in that sense I think they have absolutely nothing to fear from the show. But whether the president will find time in his busy schedule, I'm not sure." The production is scheduled to end its run on October 6th.

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Zimbabwe's president's life becomes art

Friday, October 04, 2013 - 01:34