Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Written By: Leasharn M. Hopkins
Based on Concept & Research By:
Je T'aime Nissi
There will be a pre & post-evaluation for participants
Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center -- Library
2611 Grant Street, Columbia, SC 29203
ADMISSION IS FREE!!
FEATURED PLAY SYNOPSIS:
Love Me Or Leave Me
or Leave Me is
a stage production that focuses on the effects of drug addiction, mental abuse,
and domestic violence in three couples’ romantic relationships.
romantic couple’s partner has an addiction problem with either legal or illegal
substances that they are hiding from their significant partner. The
protagonist in each relationship appears to be the victim. However, unknowingly,
they are enabling their partners to continue destructive behavior because they
are suffering from a form of addiction/dependency. That addiction is the need and desire to be
play centers around one of the lead characters, Shayla. She is the oldest daughter of Tamea, whose
life is in turmoil due to years of emotional neglect by her mother and playing
surrogate mom to her 5 siblings.
Desiring the need to escape her inner turmoil, Shayla experiments with
drugs and meets the volatile Glen. He
gives her the newness and excitement of young love. However, he has a dangerous
edge and troublesome past that is driving a deeper wedge between mother and
parallel to Shayla’s story is family friend Jackie Praylow. Jackie is a hard-working, loving, and kind
person who has had her share of bad relationships. Tired of the dating scene, she throws herself
entirely into getting her degree to further her career goal. Unknown to Jackie, love in the form of Warren
Johnson is about to overtake her in a world-wind romance. Believing she has finally met the man of her
dreams, Jackie throws caution to the wind and devotes herself wholeheartedly
into her new relationship.
Shayla and Jackie unknowingly enter into a world that will challenge their
self-esteem and their lives as they struggle to save and love the men they have
given their hearts and lives to.
out the characters are Keith Richards and Sandi Harrison. Keith, a retired detective, has found love
later in life with a much younger woman.
Sandi appears to be a woman with a bright future. However, she and Keith
are trying to control and hide a situation which will shock those who get close
people affected by significant partners with drug dependency that will have
them asking do they want their partners to love them or leave them.