Paul van Zyl
Los Angeles, California
I might write a name, describe the color of my eyes, but I am none of these things. I am invisible activities. I am an inexhaustible source of existence. I don't sit on the bench. I'm a true, active, full of action player. I am soul purpose. The shots you don't take you miss 100-percent. I risk, I explore, I create. I never play dead on the battlefield. And I have the gift of the gab. I'm a chattabox. Ear basher. Gabster. Flapper. Wordmill. Blabbermouth. I'm long winded. Mouthy. I can chew the fat. Talk the hind leg off a mule. Bump gums. Shoot the bull. I'm into chinfests, hearts to hearts. I grew up in South Africa. I detested apartheid but loved my country. In 1991, the “great plan” of apartheid fell to pieces. I set upon stories that exposed social injustice, expressed the inhumanity of authoritarian regimes, and demonstrated human resilience against adversity.
ELEGY FOR A REVOLUTIONARY uses the experience of underground political action in South Africa during the early 1980s. It examines the motives of a group of young white “liberals” who turn to violence to oppose the repressive Nationalist Government. At the core of this account is one question: “Can violence be justified as a way of opposing tyranny?” I hope to educate and entertain the audience with questions like these, and explore the divide between left and right, black and white, loyalty and treachery.