- Faith & Family
Playwright, author, song writer and director Lakisha M. Sanders started Beyond Dramatic Productions about a year ago, hoping to enrich the lives of people through dramatic plays, liturgical mime and inspirational books. Now she is bringing her first urban gospel play, “The Aftermath,” to the stage on Sunday, Dec. 4th at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium. Sanders will also co-star with Richard Gallion, 27, a former top Ebony model who has become one of the hottest Black actors on the urban circuit.
Sanders, a Georgia “peach” who now lives in Fort Lauderdale, is a former high school teacher and now motivational speaker specializing in helping individuals who have experienced tragedy and loss through the philosophical truths presented by Christ. Her play focuses on the Taylor family — a once-happy family that faces total destruction after a far-too-familiar tragedy strikes home. She says both the lyrics from her songs and the dialogue work together.
“The message is that through every storm, the aftermath will show you your true strength,” she said. “Just because there is a storm doesn’t mean it will last forever. You have to remain positive and know that you can get through the pain you may encounter. What makes this play different is the fact that it deals with issues many people are afraid to confront or easily sugarcoat.”
Most of the cast now live in South Florida. Co-star Gallion, however, hails from Chicago where he has found success on television, on the fashion runway and on stage. Sanders says that one look at one of his reels left her “speechless.”
“I knew I had to work with him and consider him a blessing sent from heaven,” she said.
Gallion plays the role of Harold Jr., the son in the Taylor family.
“If I like the script and like your spirit, then I’m willing to rock with you,” he said. “For me what matters is making a positive connection and then being involved in a work that has a positive message. Acting has become my greatest passion and the love I once had for basketball is what I now feel when I go on stage.”
Gallion adds that while he enjoys the actor’s life, sometimes people believe he is the role that he portrays instead of a person with feelings and ideas.
“I take it with a grain of salt,” he said. “I have had success in this industry since I did my first reading four years ago. But I’m still the same brother from Chicago. It’s the folks around me that seem to have changed or think I’m someone else.”
For more information go to www.beyonddramaticproductions.com.
By D. Kevin McNeir