If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation. This statement is famous for its wisdom and truism. But recently it gained fame for something else – its proper construction. But that is not the subject of this article. A variation of this statement, which this time around may not attract headlines and generate controversy, is one propounded by renowned (is there no better word to describe him?) playwright, James Ebo Whyte.
Uncle Ebo’s (he is affectionately called) version is that if you empower a woman, you have invested in a valuable asset that will unleash unimaginable possibilities and unchain you to pursue your aspirations. Of course he is not talking about expensive jewelry, oversized headgears, Hermes handbags costing tens of thousands of dollars, or even breast transplants; he is talking about building the capacity women become economically independent.
This is the central theme of Uncle Ebo’s latest play, Unforgiven. Consistent with Uncle Ebo and his Roverman Productions’ tradition of producing a play every quarter, Unforgiven comes as the third quarter play.
The first quarter play, Make Me a Woman Tonight, broached the taboo subject in a conservative society and the importance of sex in a marriage.
The second quarter play, Games Men Play, took the audience to the Black Stars camp and now Roverman Productions turns the spotlight on itself; UNFORGIVEN is based on the intrigues in a theatre company from auditions to productions.
Meet Wofa Charles, a man who inspires and pushes people beyond their comfort zone; Yaa a woman in an abusive marriage who wants to become a star; OC, a musician who is close to Wofa Charles but does not live his values; and Sweetie, who is willing do anything for her dreams. What happens when on the day of production, the secret Yaa has been keeping for 16 years comes haunting her and threatens the production? UNFORGIVEN is funny, profound, witty and inspiring.
But that is what Ebo Whyte’s plays are reputed for: profound wits, unparalleled humour, memorable lessons, and of course good music.
The playwright said Ghana and Ghanaians have not properly explored the benefits of empowering women.
He told Myjoyonline.com Unforgiven shows in practical terms what an empowered woman can do and how she can free her partner to pursue his dreams, ambitions and aspirations without a telling effect on the family.
Patrons should expect good music, solid performance as always, rib-cracking humour, and of course, valuable lessons to take home when converge at the National Theatre on the 30 and 31 August & 6 and 7 September, 2014.
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