When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 7 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 5 2017
Amelia and Andile met when he kicked a ball into her backyard. Amelia lives in a tony suburb of post-apartheid South Africa, while Andile lives in one of the crowded and rundown townships on the outskirts of the city. Despite their cultural differences they strike up a friendship, the way eight-year-olds do, and it grows stronger over time. But South Africa has a way of separating white girls and black boys, even when they're friends. When the two unexpectedly meet again years later, how much of their shared past can they recreate? Joanna Evans' drama The Year of the Bicycle is about the things that divide white and black, friend and foe, and the past and the present. Upstream Theater presents the American premiere of The Year of the Bicycle at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (January 27 to February 11), with Sunday shows at 7 p.m. (January 29 and February 5) and 2 p.m. (February 12). Performances take place at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; www.upstreamtheater.org). Tickets are $20 to $30.