Efoui, Josué Kossi (aka Yosuah Kossi Efoui, exiled Togolese French-language playwright, novelist, dramaturg, born in Anfouin, Togo, December 30, 1962-____), “The Crossroads,”
a __-minute surreal drama in English, translated by Jill R. Mac Dougall (American translator of French into English, 1942-____) from Efoui’s French original, set at a spatial and temporal crossroad, ____,
© 1991 by Ubu Repertory Company;
• in Afrique 2, Ubu Repertory Theatre Publications (New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1991);
• rights available from Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques, Services de Etranger, 11 bis rue Ballu, 75009 Paris, France
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
• Also, cited by Jill Mac Dougall via e-mail email@example.com December 27, 1995, then via regular mail, 927 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147, U.S.A., telephone 215-336-9223, February 2, 1996; Mac Dougall says,
The Poet (m), _____; The Cop (m), _____; The Woman (f), _____.
“In a dreamlike world somewhere between Europe and Africa, between the past and the future, the Poet is struggling against two forces: oppression, personified by the Cop who pursues him, and a binding attachment to the Woman he has left behind but cannot forget. A fourth character, the Prompter, is a constant reminder of the theatrical frame.”—Mac Dougall.
“Poet with price on his head pursues love in African police state.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 110.
• “An abstract but intriguing play about the persistence of memory. English-language premiere at Ubu Repertory Theatre, New York City.”—Mac Dougall.
• Efoui, exiled, lives in Toulouse, France.
• Not to be confused with Curt M. Joseph’s (1949-____) Crossroads: Six Lenten Worship Dramas (Lima, Ohio, U.S.A.: C. S. S. Pub. Company, 1987), ISBN 0895368439.
• Also, not to be confused with Paul Dickey’s (1885-1933) Crossroads: A Play in One Act (New York City; Los Angeles: Samuel French, 1931), LCCN ca 34-1132.
• Research could include Jill R. Mac Dougall’s Performing Identities on the Stages of Quebec, Francophone Cultures and Literatures, vol. 15 (New York: Peter Lang, 1996), ISBN 0820430048.
• Also, research could include Les coupons de Magali. de Yosuah Kossi Efoui, et treize autres nouvelles. Les ineÌdits 92 de RFI-ACCT [Radio/France internationale] (Saint-Maurice, France: SeÌpia, 1994), 253 pp.
chase, dependency, oppression, personification, poetry, theatre.