In a few days, Director Vanessa Richardson is looking forward to hundreds sitting on the edge of their seats for a Christmas mystery.
“Redemption, The Stage Production,” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Sampson Exposition Center, 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton. It stars Tony Grant, who was featured in Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” and “Why Did I Get Married?” the stage play. The story follows a woman working as a victim advocate. The character wants to throw a Christmas party for women in the community, but everything goes haywire when someone sends her a threat. From that moment, it has a lot of twists and turns, with Grant playing a protective cop.
“Now you have these diverse characters in the room all locked in,” Richardson said. “Who is the stalker?”
Richardson is an author, poet, and playwright. She’s written several productions and performed at various venues. Some of them are “Someone To Love Me” and “The Fullness of Time.” She is the host of the Blog Talk Radio show, “The Certain Ones.”
Dae Dae Oates, a recipient of a recent bone marrow transplant, was invited to attend the drama and meet Grant, actress Trisha L. Mann-Grant and the cast of “Redemption, The Stage Production.” With help from his mother Conswella Oates, he recently returned from the hospital — a 50 day stay. Richardson said the doctors want his body to build up more before he’s in large crowds, so he will not be able to attend.
“Conswella Oates, Dae Dae’s precious mother, will be in attendance and we’re excited to meet her.” Richardson said.
Her cast has been promoting the show for about three months and expects a large turnout. Last year about 200 attended, but she hopes to shatter that amount this year. During the holiday season, non-perishable food items, gently used or new clothing and toys are collected through the production’s youth group. Those items will be accepted at the door too.
During the holiday season, she expressed the importance of not giving up hope, even through tough times.
“That’s what I want them to leave with from this character,” Richardson said. “Being redeemed from not only past hurt and rejection, but redeemed from not only loving yourself.”
The event is being sponsored by Weeks Insurance and Harrells. For more information or to reserve tickets visit https://goo.gl/W6E5SQ or visit www.eventbrite.com and type “Redemption The Stage Production” in the search bar.
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