At the Beginning of the 80ies Arnold was a member of theThe Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal, and later South Africa State Theatre in Pretoria. He performed in classics like "Hamlet", but also in modern playes.

 

The Merchant of Venice

 

Romeo and Juliet

 

Hamlet

Historical drama.

 

Don Juan

Comedy about a young noble with excessive lifestyle who does not care about God and morality, but recklessly seduces women and ends up in hell.

 

Twelfth Night (What you will)

Comedy evolving around mistaken identity. See here the detailed synopsis.

 

Savages

The play is based on an incident in the early 1960s which involved the slaughter of the Cintas Tribe on one of their traditional feast days. In one single attack, virtually all members of the tribe were killed by sticks of dynamite dropped from a plane. The story focuses on a British government official, who is kidnapped by a local guerrilla group fighting against the military dictatorship, and who is very concerned about the native indians.

 

Torch Song Trilogy

The play combines comedy and drama, and it is a semi-autobiographical work by Fierstein. Although the play is about homosexuals, at its heart it is a play about family, love, and survival. Fierstein's play appeared just as AIDS was recognized as a major medical problem. His reinforcement of the importance of love in all relationships, hetero and gay, served to counter the attacks against homosexuals as promiscuous pleasure seekers.

 

Môre is 'n lang dag

The play takes place in the army and deals with the experiences of the soldiers send to the border. A TV-adaption was made in 1989, written by Opperman as well, and starring Arnold too.

 

Born in the R.S.A.

The play focuses on an University student (Glen) who claimes to be ideologically neutral, but in reality works as informer for the government; who seduces with his charm and intelligence, but in the end betrays the women just as the black people trusting him.

Stagephoto by Mark Avery, May 27th 1990, Northlight Theatre in Evanston

2 detailed reviews from Theater Critics

 

Miscarriage of Murder

The play is set in Cape Town in 1935 and tells the story of a murder trial. Critics already praise Arnold's evil-doer portrait decorated with a devilish smile: "Hy is 'n man met 'n sjarmerende glimlag, maar wanneer hy arglistig vrae beantwoord, weet mens dis die glimlag van 'n duiwelskind. En Arnold Vosloo stel dié karakter baie slu en boos voor." (Die Burger, December 6th, 1986)

 

Salomé

The Biblical story about Salomé dancing for King Herod and demanding the head of John the Baptist as price.

Interview about "Salome"

 

Cries from the Heart: Freedom needs a Voice

This is about the atrocious human rights situation in Uzbekhistan: the play features several actors and actresses with long careers in Hollywood, including Lisa Edelstein, Jacqueline Emerson, Greg Germann, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Sally Kirkland, Dayo Okeniyi, Missi Pyle, Peter Riegert, Julian Sands, Arnold Vosloo, and Reno Wilson.

The play tells the stories of various victims of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan, including ordinary men, women, and children who have experienced torture as well as the stories of activists, such as Elena Urlaeva, who face daily harassment and arbitrary detention for their legitimate human rights work. The Hollywood stars will read actual testimonies of victims of human rights abuses, Uzbek human rights defenders, and even the words of President Karimov himself on stage. The play also tells the story of how Human Rights Watch, the very last independent international human rights organization working in Uzbekistan, was expelled last year from the country. The closure of Human Rights Watch in Uzbekistan was the first time in its 33-year history that a government has forced the closure of one of its permanent field offices anywhere in the world.

More about the "Cries from the Heart" - campaign with its plays since 2002

(Source: http://enews.fergananews.com/news.php?id=2252&mode=snews , May 6th, 2012)