New Life Productions, LLC - EVENTS--READERS SERIES - Columbia, SC
New Life Productions, LLC - Independent Theatre & Film Production Company
Readers Theatre
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Written By:  Alethea McCollin
Directed By: Devon "Pierre" Wright

2611 Grant Street 
Columbia, SC 29203


Pastor Willie's New Church  Synopsis

Questionable motives, friendship, and deceit!  

The plot of Pastor Willie’s New Church — a dramatic comedy in three acts, focuses on a young,single, unemployed professional (Willie), who is seeking steady employment and facing eviction from his apartment when his friend (Jay) suggests that Willie opens his own church. Though hesitant at first, Jay’s persistence eventually convinces Willie to take his advice and start his own church. 

However, Willie’s decision to follow his friend’s questionable advice complicates his relationship with his girlfriend Kathy, and his friendship with Jay. 

Eventually, when Jay realizes that Willie is no longer taking his advice, he devises a scheme to derail Willie’s career as a pastor. See how this dilemma is resolved.

Meet Author of 
Pastor Willie's New Church 

Alethea McCollin

Alethea McCollin earned a BSc in Economics and Law from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados, and an MA in English from Virginia State University. 

From 2009 to 2016 Ms. McCollin taught writing and African American Literature at Virginia State University.
Alethea McCollin was wooed by the power of theatre at an early age. However it wasn’t until studying for her masters in English that she began writing stage plays. 

To date she has written fifteen plays, several of which she has directed. She most recently directed her play “Were You There” in 2017.
McCollin says that one of her proudest moments was finally seeing her play Shh..AIM!! –a play that deals with sexual abuse—staged by the drama program at Virginia State University in 2014, and was delighted by the campus-wide conversations it generated.
She has also written, directed, acted in, and produced The Stilettos Monologues (2014), and Pastor Willie’s New Church (2012 and 2014). 

In 2015 she appeared in Chesterfield County Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center’s presentation Suitcases. McCollin continues to write, direct, and produce theater, and on occasion she appears on stage.
She is a published author (The Cloud Catcher) and has also served as a volunteer writing coach for an elementary school in her area. 
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