Playwright brings play to Gainesville

Barry McLeod, left, plays the anti-hero Mike Taylor to avenger Ma Bertha, played by L’Tanya Hamersveld.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

There is nothing laughable about corruption, cheating spouses and domestic abuse, but Barry McLeod's play, "In My Sprite," will have you laughing as he explores these very serious topics through comedy and music — which, some say, is the best remedy for a broken heart.



What: “In My Sprite,” an original drama/comedy by playwright Barry McLeod.
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: The Actors’ Warehouse, 608 N. Main St.
Tickets: $15 at the door or in advance.
Information: Call 352-222-3699.

Directed by McLeod and featuring local artists, "In My Sprite" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Actors' Warehouse at 608 N. Main St. Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance by calling 352-222-3699.

McLeod said "In My Sprite" explores topics of violence, corruption and physical, emotional and financial abuse through comedy and music.

"These are topics that people face every day," McLeod said.

After showings in Hastings/St. Augustine, Melbourne and Lawtey, "In My Sprite" is coming home to Gainesville.

"We're telling a very serious story, but telling it with comedy," McLeod said.

The story centers around Mike Taylor, an anti-hero played by McLeod, who marries women for money. He is a corrupt, cheating husband and the bane of his mother-in-law, Ma Bertha, played by L'Tanya Van Hamersveld.

The cast also includes Tradina Thomas, who plays Mike's wife, Diane Taylor, a woman deeply in love with an emotionally and physically abusive husband; Bernard Long as David Watkins, a nurse at a mental hospital; Felipe Echeverri as Benny Goodman, Mike's partner in crime, and Stephanie McCray-Evans, who plays Denise, Mike Taylor's mistress amd part of the plot to steal Diane's money.

But when Diane, Ma Bertha's daughter, becomes Mike Taylor's next would-be victim, Ma Bertha plots her revenge.

McLeod said the play flows like a motion picture because it weaves several stories and creates suspense.

McLeod said his play looks into how the lust for money changes people and can impact a family.

"This play may cause someone to reflect on their own life," McLeod said. "It may be an eye-opener."

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