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Kalejaiye, Dipo (Nigerian-born American playwright, college professor, poet, composer, lyricist, librettist, short story writer, director, 1950-____), “Polygyny,”

a 45-minute comedy-satire in English in three scenes, set in a living room, Nigeria, 1985,


; © 1985 by Dipo Kalejaiye; • in Dipo Kalejaiye’s Polygyny [sic] and Polyandry: Two Plays about Marriage, Open Stage series (London: Macmillan Publishers, 1985), 55 pp.; • script available from www.amazon.com; • rights.available from www.cravingartist.com, 2401 Blueridge Avenue, Suite 310, Wheaton, Maryland 20902 U.S.A.; or from Dipo Kalejaiye, 183 Holden Drive, Manassas Park, Virginia 20111, U.S.A., e-mail dkalejaiye@pgcc.edu, telephone (home) 703-392-9696, (work) 301-322-0567, fax 301-322-0549. • Cited by Dipo Kalejaiye via ftp October 22, 2003; Kalejaiye says,

§ Dramatis Personae Leye Adeola (m), 50, husband; Oyin Adeola (m), 17, Margaret's son; Bolade Adeola (f), 45, first wife; Margaret Adeola (f), 36, second wife.

§ Synopsis “ Leye is a polygamous man, and his two wives Bolade and Margaret, live with him. This arrangement causes friction between the women and Leye. Bolade insists that Leye must send Margaret away. Leye refuses. She accuses Margaret of possessing the supernatural power that comes from "juju." She also complains of being scared of her and tells a tale of Margaret turning into a snake and chasing her around in her dream! Leye refuses to yield to her demand. Then Bolade accuses Margaret of wanting to poison her food. While Bolade is talking about this, Margaret returns from the market. Bolade pretends to be afraid of Margaret and screams that Leye should get rid of the ‘evil witch.’ Bolade turns her attention to Oyin. She asks him to sweep the floor in order to establish her dominance. He refuses. Margaret bursts into song, but Bolade calls the song a ‘song of abuse.’ A commotion ensues, and Leye tries to excuse himself, but he is unable to do that. At dinner time, Bolade mistakes a piece of paper that had accidentally fallen into the bowl of stew as ‘evil juju medicine’! She refuses to eat. Leye ignores her and laughs at her antics when he discovers that the paper is not from "witchcraft’ at all, but from part of a Nigerian daily newspaper.

§ Comment “Simple set. • Dipo Kalejaiye is Associate Professor, Department of English, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland, U.S.A. • Research could include Dipo Kalejaiye’s “The Father of Secrets,” a 45-minute drama in English, set in Ibadan, Nigeria, during the Nigerian Civil War (1966-71), 3m2f, available from the playwright.” • Also, research could include Danger Awake, book, music, and lyrics by Dipo Kalejaiye.

§ Themes family, juju medicine, marriage, marital relationships, Nigeria, parent-child relationship, polygamy, spousal relationship, witchcraft.

See also Dipo Kalejaiye's

  • Poor Old Betsy,” a 45-minute absurdism in English, set in a hospital ward, U.S.A., evening, 2002, 1m3f

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