For more than 50 years, South African playwright Athol Fugard used his writing to fight apartheid in his native land. Apartheid ended in 1994; the Lantern Theater's stirring, if exhausting, production of Fugard's 2010 The Train Driver shows the playwright still needs something to fight against.
The Train Driver opens on Simon (Kirk Wendell Brown), a black gravedigger whose daily life is interrupted by Roelf (Peter DeLaurier), a white train driver traumatized when his locomotive killed a young black woman who walked onto the tracks with her baby.
Roelf expresses guilt, and torment, and more guilt. He spends several nights in Simon's shack, lulling Simon to sleep with trite 20-minute monologues about his desire to move past the accident and get back to his comfortable life and family. The plot possesses all the drama of a therapy session (and some very gripping plays center on therapy sessions, such as Equus, or The Talking Cure).