Upper Room will present gospel play
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
‘Saved in the City 2," a gospel play about four Christian men facing different challenges in life, will be coming to Gainesville.
What: The gospel play, “Saved In The City 2,” written and directed by a Tampa resident.
When: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 4.
Where: Upper Room Church of God in Christ, 3575 NE 15th St.
Information: Call 352-264-0006 or visit www.stillwindproductions.com.
The play will be performed at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 4 at Upper Room Church of God in Christ at 3575 NE 15th St.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for the 1 p.m. show and $15 in advance and $20 at the door for the 6 p.m. show. Tickets can be purchased online at www.urwelcomehere.org or at Looking Good at 1221 NW 76th Blvd. in Gainesville, Ty-Je's Upscale Salon & Boutique at 1820 NE 2nd St. in Gainesville and Big Apple Cellular at 1951 W. Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.
Tampa resident Tiffany Edwards, the writer and director of the play, said the story is about four Christian men who have been friends for years.
"They all have relationship problems, but look for direction in the end," said Edwards. The play also will be a part of the Black Theatre Festival in June in Washington, D.C.
Edwards said the characters, who are played by actors from Tampa, are: Jay Washington, who plays Mike, a widower raising a daughter; Vago Lightbourne, who plays Dave, a bachelor who loves being single; Eric Bostick, who plays Morris, an adulterer, and Hurley Tarver, who plays Sam, a man who is engaged. She said another significant character is Sam, Mike's friend, who is played by Trevor Thomas.
Edwards said the 90-minute play, which has also been performed in Tampa and Apopka, will make the audience experience a plethora of emotions. She said she wrote the play because most plays are written about what women go through in relationships, but she thought exploring what men go through was a plausible idea.
"I just wanted to give a twist and talk about the men and how they can be vulnerable at times and just show how they deal with their situations," Edwards said. "I just wanted to do something for men to put them on a positive platform and shed some light there."
Edwards, who founded Still Wind Productions in February 2011 in Tampa, works as a data analyst for a mortgage company in Tampa. She is a member of New Dawn Restoration Center in Tampa and has been married to Renard Edwards for 12 years. The couple has two girls.
Edwards she didn't plan to write "Saved 2," but once she received so much positive feedback from the first part of the sequel, she knew she had to write another play.
"People kept saying, ‘When is there going to be a two, when is there going to be a two,' so I went back and wrote another one and the response has been overwhelmingly awesome," said Edwards, who graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
The Rev. Karl "The Rev." Anderson, senior co-pastor of Upper Room, said the play is part of Family Month activities at the church during the month of May.
"I was looking for a play to bring in for the month of May to accompany our Family Month, to not only provide an activity for the whole family, but to also be an event that everyone can learn from and enhance their lives at the same time," Anderson said. "That is the purpose of bringing in this play. I truly believe this play will bless a lot of people. It is a professional production."