It was the first week in November. As my family and I walked in the eta Creative Arts Foundation Theater, we heard lovely Christmas music. We were looking forward to seeing the opening presentation of the play, “If Scrooge Was a Brother,” written by Ekundayo Bandele and directed by Kemati J. Porter. We had anticipated that there would be a different twist to the traditional story, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens. The play poses the question: What would it be like if Scrooge was a Brother? From the music to the special sense of family, this version of the play lends itself to situations that could be readily understood by those of us in the African-American community.
After setting up the scenario of the modern-day Scrooge–who is a cruel and unsympathetic landlord, willing to evict his tenants on Christmas Day–the play becomes fast-paced. The scenes are very humorous, but they give a message that keeps you wondering as to what if? Similar to the traditional story, the life of Scrooge is scrutinized as he is visted by several ghosts, which include his deceased boss and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. We see him change from a ruthless and uncaring human being, to a person that is fond of life and helping others.
I won’t tell you too much more, as it will spoil the play for you. I can only recommend it as a great activity for you and the entire family. If you are in the Chicagoland area, include it as something your family can see during the holiday season. Enjoy!