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Local playwright adds another script to repertoire
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You don't have to travel to Atlanta or New York to see an awarding winning play, and Tyler Perry just may have a little competition.
Liberty County now can tout its very own talented playwright. His many plays have been performed before various audiences but now his play “Mama Turn the Radio On” will make its debut before a much larger and diverse crowd.
Written by Liberty County’s native son, Donald Lovette, the play will debut at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Brewton-Parker College Auditorium with a red carpet night and black-tie dress. There will be a repeat performance at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the auditorium. This is community showcase night and various civic groups will serve as sponsors. The final performance will be held at Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ at 5 p.m. Aug. 17.
Lovette gets the inspiration for his plays through conversations with different people and from spoken words.
“In the midst of talking with people, they will say something and it gives me an idea for a play,” Lovette said. 
Mama Turn the Radio On depicts a rebellious son who finds himself in jail and needs his mother to turn the radio on to hear his plea for forgiveness and bail.  The play sends a message to mothers to hang in there and reminds troubled children that they can make it.
“It also lets people know there are consequences to what we do,” Lovette said.
“This project has introduced me to various resources,” Lovette said. “The individual who will do the filming is Reginald Franklin.  He is the mass communications director at Savannah State University.” 
Introducing the play to the community has also given Lovette additional exposure and responsibilities. 
“I have been tapped to chair the Downtown Development Authority. There will also be a Mama Turn the Radio On #2,” Lovette said.
 No stranger to the community, Donald Lovette has a passion for any task he sets his hand to do.  He is one of seven talented children, and his mother, Louise Lovette, is one of his biggest supporters.
His first play (Dad Makes the Difference) was written to highlight the talent of the male youth choir members at Pleasant Grove and to honor father everywhere. The play was a success, and the  male singing group subsequently was invited to sing for the AME Church’s Leadership Congress at Morris Brown College in Atlanta.
 Under Lovette’s leadership,  this singing group later became the Gospel Cousinaires. His first play was soon followed by,  The Devil is Busy. 
His chronicle of black history, Come Sundown, won him countywide recognition. Lovette has written plays for other occasions and monologues for talent competitions and numerous other events.
 Pursuant to joining the Liberty County Martin Luther King Committee, Lovette utilized his skills to write special plays for the celebration. Recently, one of Lovette’s well-received plays served as the opening event for Liberty County’s MLK celebration. He has written Marching with Martin, The Strength Within and Negro Spirituals, and The Soul of the Civil Rights Movement.
Lovette's talent and contributions have not gone unnoticed. The Savannah Morning News, Hinesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Savannah State University National Alumni Association — Savannah Chapter, and many area churches have recognized him for his literary works.
 In addition to writing and producing, Lovette serves as a public speaker, Liberty County commissioner, immediate past conference director of the Georgia Conference Sons of Allen (Men in Ministry) of the AME Church, immediate past president of the Eleven Black Men (Mentors) of Liberty County, Inc. and numerous civic affiliations.
 For additional information on the play or to purchase tickets, call 912-312-0669 or 912) 977-3293.

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