Father's Day has always been special to me.
I guess that's why I agreed to work as the director's assistant for the play, I'm A Deadbeat Who? Actually, it was the title that grasped me. Then, later as I begin to read the drafted script, I became more interested in the meaning of it all.
Pictured: The cast, top left to right: Javonte of Deja Vu, 'Ms. Angela', Edward Bell, Sharon Brooks, founder of Peace of Hope, Catrina ' Trina Gurl' Tresvant, Anthony Tunstall, Monique ' Ms. Nique' Crusoe, and Jerome Gilkey. 2nd Row:'Trilla' and Mackey Moe. Bottom row: Constance Anderson, Rico Nevotion and Marrell. Not pictured: Saint Paul Slim, Berna Jackson and Derrell Mitchell.
Director, Anthony Tunstall, actually captured the true meaning of fatherhood in this play. We got to know the lead character, Isaac (played by Rico Nevotion) and understood the depth of his concern for his children, although there were several strikes against him from the start. Isaac’s loyal and long-suffering girlfriend (played by Constance Anderson) gave new meaning to the saying “stick by your man.”
Nevotion, a well-known R&B singer, also graced us with his popular tune, “Diamond in the Rough.”
Many of us women who saw the play despised “Felicia” (played by Catrina Tresvant), the baby-momma with drama. We could not believe that any of us could ever be so treacherous. However, the two self-written tunes she sang softened our hearts somewhat, and showed us that this character was deeper (and more talented) than we initially thought. Felicia’s quick-witted girlfriend “Nikki” (played by Berna Jackson) was quite timely as well.
As I worked diligently during weekly practices for the past four months with this cast of upcoming stars I realized just how much our community could benefit from a play of this magnitude. Deadbeat’s characters included an attorney, (played by singing artist Trilla), his eye catching secretary, “Angela,” who gave the guys in the waiting room (played by Derrell Mitchell, Jerome Gilkey – who co-wrote Deadbeat, and a hilarious cameo appearance from comedian Mackey Moe) a reason for pause. We all have family members like “Aunt Betty” (Ms. Nique) and “Uncle Eddie” (Edward Bell). They made every scene they were in feel more like home.
I'm a Deadbeat Who? is a play worth seeing again. Thinking of my own father (Mr. Herman 'Bud' Wingfield) and how dedicated he remained to our family throughout his life, gave me inspiration to continue to put in the extra hours of work to help make this play a success. I encourage everybody to get out and see this play.