Bintou

Written by:

Translated by Chantal Bilodeau (written by Koffi Kwahul)

Cast Size:
16

Roles For:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 8

Genre:

Drama
Translation

Themes:

Abuse
Africa
Immigration
Sex
Violence
Women
Youth

Length:

65 min.

Year Written:

2010

Synopsis:

“Bintou is thirteen. The daughter of African immigrants, she doesn’t go to school, doesn’t listen to her elders, and doesn’t wear panties. Instead, she roams the streets of the ghetto where she grew up, leading her gang of Wild Dogs and aggressively asserting her sexuality. In despair, her uncle devises a plan to break her rebellious spirit and save the family’s reputation. But can Bintou really be tamed?” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

BINTOU: African. Thirteen. Gang leader of the Wild Dogs. Her friends call her Samiagamal.

MANNY: Caucasian. Eighteen. Emmanuel is his real name. Bintou’s boyfriend. Wild Dog.

KELKHAL: North African. Seventeen. Kader is his real name. Wild Dog.

BLACKOUT: African. Sixteen. Okoumé is his real name. Carries a gun. Wild Dog.

BINTOU’S MOTHER: African. In her fifties. Cleaning lady.

UNCLE DRISSA: African. In his forties. Young brother of Bintou’s father.

AUNT ROKÍA: African. In her thirties. Drissa’s wife.

MOUSSOBA: African. In her sixties. The Chorus calls her “Knife Woman.”

THE CHORUS: Three teenage girls.

NENESSE: Caucasian. In his fifties. Runs a bar.

LI’L JOHN’S MOTHER: Can be black or white or yellow. In her forties.

LI’L JOHN: Can be black or white or yellow. Eighteen. Gang leader of the Pitbulls.

TERMINATOR: Can be black or white or yellow. Eighteen. Pitbull.

ASSASSINO: Can be black or white or yellow. Eighteen. Pitbull.

First Produced:

2010, The Movement Theatre Company

Resources:

Bintou is available through the CPO Website.

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