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Playwright sets 'Mama Turn the Radio on III'

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POSTED: August 2, 2010 1:08 p.m.
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Kenny Howard plays Officer Taylor, left, and Anthony Johnson plays Leo in the play "Mama Turn the Radio on III."

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Local playwright Donald Lovette will produce and stage the third and final segment of his long-running morality play, “Mama Turn the Radio on,” on Aug. 13-15.
“This was the first play we ever produced,” Lovette said, referring to his theater company, Love-it Productions. “It’s very emotional for us. This is how we got started in Hinesville.”
The first installment of “Mama Turn the Radio on” was staged in August 2007. Lovette said this play is his signature play.
“(August) is our anniversary date,” he said. To celebrate, cast, crew and audience members will be served cake and punch at 6 p.m. on opening night, before the curtain rises.
Lovette has written and produced countless plays over the years, many of his plots revolving around local history, African-American culture and Southern traditions.
“Mama Turn the Radio on III” is the story of a young incarcerated man, Ray Ray, played by Sideeq Heard, who is befriended by an older man, Leo, played by Anthony Johnson, who has served his prison sentence.
“It’s all about choices,” Lovette said.
The play’s main character, Ray Ray, is offered wisdom from Leo and others, but consistently rejects their help, the playwright said.
“You can’t save everybody. People have to be willing to receive change,” Lovette said. “Leo’s mother, Annie Mae Lucas, approaches Ray Ray from a mother’s perspective. She shows the pain a mother feels. The deacon and prayer band try to approach Ray Ray from a spiritual perspective.”
Charlotte Norman portrays Leo’s supportive mother Annie Mae Lucas. The large cast also stars Kenny Howard as Officer Taylor, Larry Baker as Deacon Miller, Shade Ashleigh Williams as Netta Mae, Randy Knox as DJ Smooth, Ritchie Anderson as Anthony, Ann K. Baker as Sandra and Shakur Freeney as Mr. Collins. The prayer band includes Hillary Scales, CeCe Milledge, Carolyn Simmons and Tiasha Fields.
The finale to Lovette’s trilogy about making the right choices will be performed at 7 p.m. Aug. 13- 14 at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center (formerly Brewton-Parker College) on Highway 84 in Flemington. The Aug. 15 show begins at 5 p.m. at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. The church is at 809 Frank Cochran Drive in Hinesville. Lovette said a new performance date for the Jesup community will soon be announced.
General admission tickets are $10, tickets for children 12 and younger cost $5. VIP seating is $20 per person.
Tickets are available at WGML, Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, TOP Book Store, Strategic Business Solutions ULtd., and A. Washington & Co.
For more information, call Andrew Williams at 977-3293.
 

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