STEUBENVILLE -During a time when cultural stage plays have the same predictable content and have become increasingly commercialized, Fulfillment Entertainment's "The Lounge" is adding a touch of authenticity to local theater.
The stage play, directed by Steubenville's own Davina Ware, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple, 227 N. Fourth St.
The premise of "The Lounge" is that of five dynamic women, co-workers who become familiar after being moved to the same shift at their job.
ON STAGE – Steubenville native Davina Ware stars in Juanita Simmons’s “The Lounge,” to be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple, 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville. Tickets are $15 in advance by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/725187; or $20 at the door. Tickets are $10 for students. — Contributed
The women form a bond once they share tales of domestic violence, tests of faith, motherhood and more.
"Each woman's story is relatable," says Juanita Simmons, play author. "There are twists you won't see coming."
Cast members, who have theatrical experience in other Columbus-area plays, personally identify to some element of their respective characters. As a result, the characters - much like the cast members who play them - grow to become a family.
While achieving personal triumphs, the characters reveal how their faith helps them relate to one another - a lesson that Simmons learned herself when she rededicated her life to Christ in 1998. She uses her writings as a form of ministry and finds that "The Lounge" is no exception.
"You don't want to miss this play; it has a message for everyone," said Simmons. "It will speak to your very heart."
Simmons is a Columbus-native with a lifelong passion for the arts.
After seeing "Cinderella" for the first time as a young girl, her interest in the theater was developed and has grown ever since.
A gifted writer, she has partnered with a number of other productions before working on her production debut, "The Lounge." Simmons hopes to publish a collection of poetry for children and adults.
Ware, a Steubenville native, had a passion for the arts.
She attended Howard University and Ohio State University majoring in musical theater and a minor in African-American studies.
While receiving her bachelor's degree she discovered a passion for teaching the arts. Interning with the Salesian Boys & Girls Club of Columbus and substituting for Columbus City Schools, Ware was inspired to pursue a masters of education with certification in drama from children ages kindergarten through grade 12.
Former theater director and teacher at Marion-Franklin High School, she has directed numerous plays, including "The Wiz," "Cinderella," "Thin Line between Love and Race," "BHM Change Tour, "Annie'" and many more.
She is a life-long member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa.
She is also a member of New Birth where she participates in the drama/ expression of praise dance ministry.
For box office information or to reserve your tickets today, contact Juanita Simmons, Owner of Fulfillment Entertainment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (614) 804-8033.
Tickets are $15 in advance by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com/725187; or $20 at the door. Tickets are $10 for students.