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New play focuses on black history in Liberty
Donald Lovett debutting new play
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Cast members of playwright Donald Lovette’s newest play, “Tell Them So They Will Know,” rehearse Tuesday at Full Gospel Church of God in Christ. The show debuts Saturday night. - photo by Photo by Lauren Hunsberger
If you go

• What: Donald Lovette’s newest play, “Tell Them So They Will Know.”
• When: 6 p.m. Saturday.
• Where: Full Gospel Church of God in Christ on Frank Cochran Drive.
• Cost: TicKets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
• Information: 368-3044, 368-3399 or 876-4820.
As he prepares for the debut on Saturday, Donald Lovette said the focus of his newest play is to illuminate the vast, and mostly uncharted, black history of Liberty County, hence the title “Tell Them So They Will Know.”
Presented through humor, magic, song and other story-telling methods, Lovette said he was inspired to tell the story because many notable locals have flown under the historical radar for far too long.
“This is the first documentation of Liberty County black history,” Lovette said. “So it’s kind of historical in itself, too.”
The musical will show for one night only at 6 Saturday at Full Gospel Church of God in Christ on Frank Cochran.
The story revolves around Chloe, a student visiting a museum with her class, who encounters the spirits of Susie King Taylor, Floyd Snelson, William A. Golden and other remarkable, past residents of Liberty County.
As she visits with past slaves and teachers, Lovette said, Chloe learns about Liberty’s hidden heroes.
The Rev. A.D. Shaw with Full Gospel said he’s proud to partner with Love-it Productions and host the play because he believes the story has the power to enlighten and educate the community. He emphasized that it’s a community-wide event, not just a church event.
“With his vision [Lovette] and these types of efforts and talents, we’ll reach everyone that can be reached,” Shaw said.
Lovette and Shaw, however, aren’t the only ones excited about sharing the area’s long-kept secrets. Many cast members said until they read Lovette’s script, they had no idea of Liberty’s extensive history. Now that they do, they’re thrilled with the opportunity to tell everyone.
“I didn’t know Liberty County had so much history,” said Hillary Scales, who plays Chloe. “It means a lot to me to be in the play.”
“Now people in school will know why Snelson-Golden Middle school is named,” Larry Baker, who plays a preacher, said.
Lovette said while the play is fictional, it’s based on reality and guarantees the audience will come away with a better idea of the county’s legacy.
Tickets are $10 in advance at Full Gospel (368-3044), WGML AM radio station (368-3399), TOP Christian Store (876-4820). They will cost $15 at the door.
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