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Mothers Day play by local playwright
Shade-Ashleigh Williams
Shade-Ashleigh Williams plays a worldly woman in the play.
Donald Lovette is back at it.
This time he and his anything but secular cast from Love-It Productions, are mending relationships for Mothers Day in a “divinely-inspired” creation, “You don’t Know Me Until You Need Me.”
“In the play, the young lady leaves home to do her own thing and then when she gets into trouble, like most young people tend to do, she calls home,” Lovette said.
The young lady Lovette is referring to is 21-year-old Armonia, played by Liberty High School senior Hillary Scales, 17.
Armonia, according to Lovette, is searching for friendship and freedom, but falls figuratively on her face and realizes that what she had been looking for all along was only a phone call away. 
“Young people get so caught up in peer pressure that they don’t see the real world around them,” Lovette said. “I want people who see the play to access what true friendship really means. Friends will tell you anything … but they are not there when the rubber meets the road.”
Armonia has been spending most of her time with two very “worldly” characters, Mrs. Laura Mae Free, played by Paulette Robertson, and Mrs. Netta Mae Knight, played by Shade-Ashleigh Williams, but when she is left homeless it is the much ignored Mrs. Beulah Mae Cross, brought to life by Charlotte Lovette-Norman, that God brings to Armonia’s rescue.
“She’s hit rock bottom,” Scales said of her character, “and she has nowhere else to go. But when she is told to go to Mrs. Cross she can’t believe it because she was the one person who [Armonia] never spoke to.” 
The cast members said each character offers insight into personalities that everyone who sees the play will relate to.
“It forces us to dig deep,” Robertson said.
“[Armonia] thinks of her mom as being very annoying and I can relate in that aspect because moms can be that sometimes,” Scales said.
“I know for me, there is a moment in the play when Armonia tells her mom, ‘Momma, I do know you before I need you’,” Norman said. “Friends could easily persuade you. Like crabs in a basket, they are always there to pull you down, but when you are down and out, needing refuge, it all comes back to the church … it all comes back to that spiritual mother, the one who is going to feed you, clothe you and give you a word.”
Lovette hopes that word spreads love on Mothers Day, in turn causing some strained relationships to be healed.
“I’ve learned that every household is not the “Cosby Show,” he said. “So for some people relationships may be estranged and I want to help to mend them.”
“You Don’t Know Me Until You Need Me” will be presented at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Full Gospel Tabernacle. For more information, call 977-3293.
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