Friday, April 05, 2013

The Prison Graduates at ARTS/West this Saturday!

This Saturday evening, as a part of the worldwide arts festival Nuit Blanche, ARTS/West will host a performance of the award-winning The Prison Graduates. Written by the late Ghanaian playwright Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, The Prison Graduates is a tragicomedy about social and economic inequality in neocolonial Ghana. The play tells the story of four ex-convicts just released from one of the country’s high-security prisons. In their attempts to imagine a future in an economically unstable nation, the bright and lovable losers shed light on crucial issues such as civil servant bribing, an abused and overcrowded prison system, and the dangers of impersonal cash-and-carry medical care. And while the play is certainly socially conscious, it is also immediately funny. Using a mélange of cultural humor, slapstick comedy, and satire, it promises to keep audience members rolling with laughter while posing difficult questions about freedom and self-determination.

Efo Kodjo Mawugbe was a researcher, educator, and writer who served as Regional Director of Arts and Culture and worked with Ghana’s National Commission on Culture. He has been named Director of the National Theatre in Ghana and has won awards from the BBC and the British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition. He passed away September 14, 2011.

The Prison Graduates will be directed by Michael Ofori and performed by the Ohio University Agofomma, a multicultural student organization dedicated to the performance of African and African American theater to “facilitate the proliferation of cohesion and jollification for all.” It will be held Saturday April 6 at 7:30-9:00 PM at ARTS/West. Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation, and seating is first come first serve. 

You can find the rest of the Nuit Blanche schedule here.