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Ademola, Ade (Nigerian-American playwright, screenwriter, jurist, 19__-____), “Embankment,”

a 30-minute sardonic comedy-drama, set on a bank of the River Thames, England, night, circa 2000,


  •  © 2000 by Ade Ademola;  •  in Ade Ademola’s Embankment (Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2000);  •  script/rights available from Ade Ademola, 10 Plaza Street, Brooklyn, New York 11238, U.S.A., telephone (home) 718-789-6928, e-mail ade685@msn.com (if using e-mail, please follow with a telephone call unless you receive reply to your e-mail within 48 hours), http://hometown.aol.com/ade685/myhomepage/writing.html.  •  Cited by Ade Ademola, via ftp, March, 5, 2003; Ademola says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Rex (m), 55, distinguished-looking; Cora (f), 40-ish, rather plain but dignified.

  §  Synopsis Rex and Cora engage in apparently absurdist and somewhat sardonic chitchat, being ‘court jesters,’ as one of them suggests, which turns into probing personal and philosophical verbal exchanges, battle of wits, wills and wishes. This unravels a desperate struggle for beliefs, hopes, survival, raison d'être.

  §  Comment The set requires a bench and two lampposts, one of which is severely damaged.

   §  Themes belief, hope, hostility, struggle for survival, verbal sparring.

See also Ade Ademola’s
  • The Happy Idea,” a 90-minute drama in eight scenes without intermission, with some music and songs, set in London, England, circa 1980, 2m2f
  • How the Cookie Crumbles,” a 4-minute comedic mime of bad manners, set in U.S.A., 1988, 1m1f (variable casting)
  • Misbegotten,” a 40-minute drama, in eight scenes, set in London, England, 2003, 2m1f (variable casting)
  • Oluronbi,” a 40-minute bare-stage classically-structured poetic drama in English, set in the courtyard of Oluronbi’s quarters, in the Kingdom of Ife, in West Africa, ancient times, 1m3f (+ optional extras as supplementary chorus)

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