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  1. Here in the state of Abura, which must surely be one of the best pieces of land Odomankoma, our creator, has given to man, everything happens in moderation:
    The sun comes out each day, but its heat seldom burns our crops; Rains are good whent hey fall and Asaase Efua the earth goddess gives of herself to them that know the seasons; Streams abound, which like all gods must have their angry moments and swell, But floods are hardly known to living memory. Behind us to the north, Aburabura, our beautiful lonely mountain sits with her neck to hte skies
    This is the Prologue with the Old Man. He describes the land and then transitions into the slavery (without actually saying the word). He asks that they don't judge. This is the secret he whispers. He later says Kofi was one of them, but Anowa was not.
  2. Reminding us that all of the earth is not flat. 
    In the south, Nana Bosompo, the ocean roars on. Lord of Teusdays, His day must be sacred. We know him well and even the most unadventerous can reap his fish, just sitting on his pretty sands, While for the brave who read the constellations, his billows are easier to ride that the currents of a ditch. And you, Mighty God, and your hosts our forefathers, We dot say this in boastfulness, but only in true thankfulness
    This is the Prologue with the Old Man. He describes the land and then transitions into the slavery (without actually saying the word). He asks that they don't judge. This is the secret he whispers. He later says Kofi was one of them, but Anowa was not.
  3. Praying to you all that things may continue to be good and even get better. But bring your ears nearer, my friends, so I can whisper you a secret. Our armies,well-organised though they be, are more skilled in quenching fires than in the art of war! So please, let not posterirty judge it to bitterly that in a dangerous moment, the lords of our Houses Sought the protection of those that-came-from-beyond-the Horizon against our more active kinsmen from the north;
    This is the Prologue with the Old Man. He describes the land and then transitions into the slavery (without actually saying the word). He asks that they don't judge. This is the secret he whispers. He later says Kofi was one of them, but Anowa was not.
  4. We only wanted a little peace for which our fathers had broken away ffrom the larger homestead and come to these parts, led by the embalmed bodies of the Three Elders. And yet, there is a bigger crime we have inherited from the clans incorporate of which, lest we forget when the time does come, Thsoe forts stading at the door of the great ocean shall remind our children and the sea bear witness.
    This is the Prologue with the Old Man. He describes the land and then transitions into the slavery (without actually saying the word). He asks that they don't judge. This is the secret he whispers. He later says Kofi was one of them, but Anowa was not.
  5. And now, listen o...o listen, listen, if there be some among us that have found a common sauce-bowl in which they play a game of dipping with the stranger, who shall complain? Out of one womb can always come a disparate breed; and men will always go where the rumbling hunger in their bowels shall be stilled
    This is the Prologue with the Old Man. He describes the land and then transitions into the slavery (without actually saying the word). He asks that they don't judge. This is the secret he whispers. He later says Kofi was one of them, but Anowa was not.
  6. And that is where they will stay. 
    O my beloveds, let it not surprise us then that this-one and that-one depend for their well-being on the presence of the pale stranger in our midst: Kofi was, is and shall always be one of us
    This is the Prologue with the Old Man. He describes the land and then transitions into the slavery (without actually saying the word). He asks that they don't judge. This is the secret he whispers. He later says Kofi was one of them, but Anowa was not.
  7. But what shall we say of our child, THe unfortunate Anowa? Let us just say that Anowa is not a girl to meet every day.
    This is the Prologue with the Old Man. He describes the land and then transitions into the slavery (without actually saying the word). He asks that they don't judge. This is the secret he whispers. He later says Kofi was one of them, but Anowa was not.
  8. Besides, a woman is not a stone but a human being; she grows
    • Badua says this.
    • This is in Phase One after the prologue, when the stage notes say that Kofi and Anowa are laughing at a woman  who has fallen. Badue says this after saying she should worry that her daughter, after six years of puberty, refuses to marry
  9. But in the end, they are not people. They become too much like the gods they interpret.
    Badua says this about the priestesses when Osam suggests that she let her daughter become one
  10. People with better vision than yours or mine have seen that Anowa is not like you or me. And a prophet with a locked mouth is neither a prophet nor a man.
    This is when Badua and Osam are talking about Anowa. Osam suggests she become a priestess. Badua says no. She wants her daughter to be a human womn.
  11. I think I am just an unlucky woman.
    When Anowa says she wants to marry Kofi Ako nad Badua objects.
  12. And what do the children of today want? Eh, what would the children of today have us do? Parenthood was always a very expensive affair. But it seems that now there is no man or woman created in nature who is endowed with enough powers to be a mother or father.
    • Old Woman
    • After Anowa says shes getting married, her mother and her have a big argument. Badua is called a witch. Osam tries to break it up. Anowa leaves and the old woman says this after
  13. Some of us feel that the best way to sharpen a knife is not to whet one side of it only. And neither can you solve a riddle by considering only one end of it. We know too well how difficult children of today are. But who begot them? Is a man a father for sleeping with a woman and making her pregnant? And does bearing hte child after niine months make her a mother? Or is she the best potter who knows her clay and how it breathes.
    • Old Man
    • After Anowa says shes getting married, her mother and her have a big argument. Badua is called a witch. Osam tries to break it up. Anowa leaves and the old woman speaks of parenthood. The old man says ths
  14. Anowa wanted to be something else which she herself had not been... They say from a very small age, she had the hot eyes and nimble feet of one born to dance for the gods
    Old Man after Anowa and Badua get into an argument and Anowa leaves
  15. This life is not good for a woman. No, not even a woman like you. It is too difficult. It is over two hundred miles to the coast and I wonder how much we have done.
    This is in Phase Two with Kofi Ako and Anowa. It is on the highway and Kofi seems frenzied because Anowa would not answer. He then thinks she is ill because of the rain. He then taks about how he is strong and that the highway and their travels is no place for a girl
  16. We do need something to protect us. Even though no one dislikes us enough now to want to destroy us, how about when we begin to do well? Shall we not get hosts of enemies then?
    Kofi says this. This is when they are on their travels from Yebi. She raises the idea of giving him another wife. But he registers alarm and says no. They also speak of medicines and how they are against that.
  17. But a shrine has to be worshipped however small its size. And a kind god angered is a thousand times more evil than a mean god unknown.
    • Anowa says this
    • This is when they are on their travels from Yebi. She raises the idea of giving him another wife. But he registers alarm and says no. They also speak of medicines and how they are against that.
  18. Wherever we go, people take you for my sister at first. They say they have never heard of a woman who helped her husband so. Your wife is good, they say, for your sisters are the only women you can force to toil like this for you.
    • Phase Two on their travels. Kofi and Anowa are talking about medicines and taboos and Anowa wants to get him a new wife. She begins to worry because they don't have a kid yet. But, he says its somethign they should not worry about so soon. 
    • He grows alarmed. He says they can consult a priest for that. She says no. 
    • Kofi says this
  19. Let me finish. He says there is nothign worng with your womb. But your soul is too restless. You always seem to be looking for things; and that prevents your blood from settling.
    • Kofi says this. 
    • It is after they argue about medicines and taboos and seeing a priest about the womb. It is after they describe their journey. Kofi consults a doctor and he tells Kofi that nothing is wrong with Anowa's womb. He then asks if shes unhappy and suggest that she stop coming
  20. I like you and the way you are different But Anowa, sometimes, you are too different.
    • Kofi 
    • After suggesting they buy two slaves. She objects and says no, but he puts her in her place, saying he is the man and she is the woman and its time she learns that. He is not her son. They need the help and htey will be rich if they do it
  21. And tell me, when did I enter into a discussion with you about that? I shall not feel happy with slaves around... Kofi, no man made a slave of his friend and came to much himself. It is wrong. It is evil.
    • Anowa
    • After suggesting they buy two slaves. She objects and says no, but he puts her in her place, saying he is the man and she is the woman and its time she learns that. He is not her son. They need the help and htey will be rich if they do it
  22. She was never even a child in the way a child must be a child.
    • Phase Two
    • This occurs after Kofi and Anowa argue about slaves. The scene shifts to Badua and Osam. Badua comments about how she's never heard of someone who would willingly remain a stranger in someone else's land. Osam says this and then says that he always feared her.
  23. ... and has never been back since. I have always feared her.
    • Phase Two
    • This occurs after Kofi and Anowa argue about slaves. The scene shifts to Badua and Osam. Badua comments about how she's never heard of someone who would willingly remain a stranger in someone else's land. Osam says this and then says that he always feared her.
  24. A good woman does not have a brain or mouth.
    • Badua says this 
    • Phase TWo
    • it occurs in the context where Osam and Badua are talking about Anowa and Kofi Ako. Osam says that it is weird and strange that they have not begotten children. Badua says that she sold her birth seeds. Osam says he fears her and that she should have been a priestess because now her mind is wandering in search of something that it cannot find. Badua says everyone is searching and that Anowa should be happy they are prosperous.
  25. Men whom Odomankoma creates do not stop working....yes, they do but only when they are hit by illness or some misfortune. When their bodies have grown impotent with age.
    Anowa says this in Phase Two after they have already bought the slaves. Anowa says she can't keep up with Kofi Ako. But he says she used to be able to when she was carrying heavy things. She says that she is unhappy that they are not working. Kofi is dressed good; she is not
  26. I USED TO like you very much. I wish I could rid you of what ails you, so I could give you peace. And give myself some. It is an illness, Anowa. An illness that turns to bile all the good thigns of here-under-the-sun. Shamelessly, you rake up the dirt of life. You bare our wounds. You are too fond of looking for the common pian and hte general wrong.
    This occurs in the context of when Anowa and Kofi are rich. Anowa isn't happy becuase she isn't doing any work. He says that she should be happy. She then suggests that she get him wives and he gets angry, saying no, but says he will get her some companions. She gets hysterical and screams no. He gets angry at the way she is speaking and says that he hsould slap her, but he can't. She says she feels like a wayfarer. He says the slaves are no bother. They are helpful
  27. Anowa, you are among women my one and only treasure. Beside you, all others look pale and shadowless. I have neither the desire nor wish to marry any other, though we all know I can afford dozens more. But please, bring your mind home. Have joy in our overflowing ealth. Enhance this beauty nature you gave with the ebst craftsmanship in cloth and stone.
    This occurs in the context of when Anowa and Kofi are rich. Anowa isn't happy becuase she isn't doing any work. He says that she should be happy. She then suggests that she get him wives and he gets angry, saying no, but says he will get her some companions. She gets hysterical and screams no. He gets angry at the way she is speaking and says that he hsould slap her, but he can't. She says she feels like a wayfarer. He says the slaves are no bother. They are helpful
  28. But peace creates forgetfulness and money-making is like a god possessing a priest. He never will leave you, until he has occupied you, wholly changed the order of your being and seared you through and up and down.
    • This is the third time the Old Man and Woman come out.
    • It is after Anowa and Kofi are rich; they own slaves. Anowa isn't happy. She feels like a wayfarer, but wants to get Kofi wives. He objects and even threatens to hit her but does not. He says that he used to really love her, but she needs to be happy now. 
    • The old man says this along with the theory that there is something unwholesome about making slaves of other man.
  29. She is a witch. She is a devil, she is everything that is evil
    • OLd woman in phase two. 
    • They own slaves. Anowa is unhappy and wants to get some wives for Kofi. He gets upset. He says why cna't she be happy. The old man says there is something unwholesome about selling and buying slaves.
  30. A good husband would himself want advice from his wife, as the head of a fmily, a chief, a king, any nobleman has need of an adviser.
    • Old Man
    • Old woman and old woman are arguing because Old Man says there is something unnatural about getting slaves. Old woman says that she is evil and a witch. Old man says shes looking too much into so little because she wonders what Badua had to eat to beget someone like Anowa
  31. The dumbest man is always better than a woman.
    Old woman at the end of phase two. She talks about Anowa and how she would rather have Kofi Ako be poor than rich. She says Kofi can dress up fifty brides and grows fat while she grows thinner. She says Kofi will show her.
  32. Shut up child or your mouth will twist up one day with questions.
    This is in Phase Three. After hte description of the opulence of Kofi and his house, the scene goes to Anowa, who is forlorn with age. She remembers a time when she was with her nana and asked her numerous question sboaut the white men. Her nana would tell her to shut up but would still reply giving her an image of them being like lobsters stripped of their skin.
  33. What devil has entered into you, child? As if you or I were peeled of our skins, like a lobster that is boiled or roasted, like...like...but it is not good that a child should ask quesitons.
    This is in Phase Three. After hte description of the opulence of Kofi and his house, the scene goes to Anowa, who is forlorn with age. She remembers a time when she was with her nana and asked her numerous question sboaut the white men. Her nana would tell her to shut up but would still reply giving her an image of them being like lobsters stripped of their skin.
  34. You must be a witch, child. They got them from theland.
    This is in Phase Three. After hte description of the opulence of Kofi and his house, the scene goes to Anowa, who is forlorn with age. She remembers a time when she was with her nana and asked her numerous question sboaut the white men. Her nana would tell her to shut up but would still reply giving her an image of them being like lobsters stripped of their skin.
  35. No one talks of these things anymore! All good men and women try to forget; They have forgotten!`
    This is in Phase Three. After hte description of the opulence of Kofi and his house, the scene goes to Anowa, who is forlorn with age. She remembers a time when she was with her nana and asked her numerous question sboaut the white men. Her nana would tell her to shut up but would still reply giving her an image of them being like lobsters stripped of their skin.
  36. That night I woke up screaming hot; my body burning and sweating from a horrible dream. I dreamt that I was a big big woman. And from my insides were huge holes out of which poured men, women, and children. And the sea was boiling hot and steaming. And as it boiled, it threw out many many giant lobsters, boiled lobstes, each of wom as it fell turned into a man or woman, but keeping its lobster head and claws. And they rushed to where I sat and seized the men and women as they poured out of me, and they tore them apart, and dashed them to the ground and stamped upon them. And from their huge courtyards, the women ground my men and women and children on mountains of stone. But there was never a cry or a murmur; only a bursting, as of a ripe tomato or a swollen pod. And everything went on and on
    This is in Phase Three. After hte description of the opulence of Kofi and his house, the scene goes to Anowa, who is forlorn with age. She remembers a time when she was with her nana and asked her numerous question sboaut the white men. Her nana would tell her to shut up but would still reply giving her an image of them being like lobsters stripped of their skin. Afterwards, she remembers this dream that she had. She was sick for weeks and didn't recover quickly. The women were frightened of her dream and didn't want to hear of it. They told her to go to a priestess
  37. I don't know what is happening iin this house. I am sure there are more people here than in Oguaa town. Yet nothign gets done.
    • The boy slave.
    • After Anowa talks about her dream, the scene shifts to a boy and girl slave who talk about Anowa
  38. If I had more money than I knew what to do with, but not a single child, I should be unhappy. If my man refused to talk to me, I should soon start talking to myself; if he should not come to my rom or allow me in his, I should pace around in the knight.
    • The boy slave.
    • After Anowa talks about her dream, the scene shifts to a boy and girl slave who talk about Anowa and how she apparently stared at a baby so hard he is having convulsions. They break a plate and say she won't care.
  39. Let someone go and see how she suffered bearing them. The nine months dizziness, when food tasted like dung and water like urine. Nine months of unwholesome desires and evild rems. then the hour of the breaking of the amnion, when the space between her life and her death wore thin like a needy woman's hair thread.
    Anowa says this after seeing two of the kids in the house fanning a chair. It occurs after hte boy and girl slave have a conversation baout Kofi and Anowa, and how apparently Kofi is afraid of woman. Anowa says they are right and then laughs when she sees the kids doing a pointless thing as this
  40. I hear in other lands a woman is nothing. And they let her knwo this from the day of her birht. but here, O my spirit mother, they let a girl grow up as she pleases until she is married. And then she is like any woman anywhere: in order for her man to be a man, she must not htinkk, she must not talk
    • Anowa says this after seeing two of the kids in the house fanning a chair. It occurs after hte boy and girl slave have a conversation baout Kofi and Anowa, and how apparently Kofi is afraid of woman. Anowa says they are right and then laughs when she sees the kids doing a pointless thing as this
    • She then talks to the Queen Elizabeth picture
  41. Why don't you go and wash your mouth so you can be a priestess at last. I can's stand any more of your strange ways.
    This is after Anowa tells the kids to stop fanning hte chair. Kofi comes in and speaks to Anowa. He says he doesn't like seeing her like that and Anowa says she doesn't think clothes are enough to show she is his wife. She is going to get him a wife. She laughs when he says to stop that. She then asks what the priest has been saying. He replies that he doesn't know and says this. He says he is sending her away.
  42. But going away is one thing. Being sent away is another.
    • THis is when they are arguing. Anowa wants to know what the Priest has said to her. He says that it is her fault and he is sending her away because she has not bore him kids.
    • She says this when he says he thought she'd be happy about leaving
  43. Darkness has overtaken us already, and does it matter if we hit each against the other? Are you not disgracing me before the whole world?
    This is when Kofi says he is sending Anowa away. She is curious to know why becuase she says that a man will not send a woman away without giving her a reason. She wants to know what the priest said about her. She says that she can't go back to Yebi and then begins calling everyone, before realizing that he is sterile
  44. Kofi, is your manhood gone? I mean, you are like a woman
    Anowa refuses to leave until she knows the reason why. She calls over the priest ebcause she wants to know why he is sending her away. HE then says that he should have listened to people about her and says he will brand her a witch. She exclaims no and he gets fired up again, saying he will send her away and give her half the slaves, the jewelry, etc. But she says she could stay; its not like they've seen each other's bed, to which it clicks that he doesn't want a wife or her because he is sterile.
  45. Tell them it matters not what the wise ones say, For now I am wiser than they.
    Anowa calls Kofi out on his impotence in front of all of the slaves and then agrees to leave after she realizes that's the reason
  46. Some say he lost his manhood because he was not born with much to begin with; that he had been a sickly infant and there always was only a hollow in him where a man's strength should be.
    • After Kofi kills himself and Anowa drowns herself. There is a theory that he had consumed his manhood acquiring slaves and wealth. But the old woman blames it on Anowa. SHe says Anowa ate Kofi Ako up. 
    • Old woman says thsi
  47. There is surely one thing we know how to do very well. And that is assigning blame when things go wrong.
    • Old man says this after Old woman blames Anowa for eating Kofi's manhood up
    • End of the play
  48. And yet, no one goes mad in emptiness, unless he has a disease already in his head from the womb. No, it is men who make men mad.
    • Old man in response to old woman attributing Kofi's impotence on Anowa
    • The end
  49. Who knows if Anowa would have been a better woman, a better person if we had not been what we are
    • Old man in response to old woman attributing Kofi's impotence on Anowa
    • The end
  50. I want my child to be a human woman marry a man, tend a farm and be happy to see her peppers and onions grow. A woman like her should bear children, many chidlren, so she can afford to have one or two die. Should she not take her place at meetings among hte men adn womne of the clan and sit on my chair when I am gone? And a captainship in the army should not be beyond  her when the time is ripe
    Badua says this when she worries about her daughter not marrying after puberty. She is talking to Osam. He says that she should become a priestess, but Badua says no
  51. I know I could not have started without you, but after all, we all know you are a woman and I am the man.
    This is when Kofi Ako suggests that they get slaves. He says they are not expensive, but she greatly objects. He tells her that he is not his son and he could do it if he wants. He just wants them to help out. She doesn't like the idea. It is wrong she says
  52. What woman is she who thinks she knows better than her husband in all things?
    Old woman says this when the old woman and old man come out after Anowa and Kofi have acquired slaves and wealth. She says what Badua had to eat to beget someone like Anowa. But the old man says what man wouldn't want their wife's advice
  53. And I don't think there is a single woman in the land who speaks to her husband the way you do to me.
    THis is after Anowa tells the kids to stop fanning hte chair. She goes to Kofi who wants to see her and says he is sending her away. She wants to know why. He tells her to stop working, but she says she can't.

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