Today we had the opportunity to interview Princella Beasley-Smith, the playwright and director of the hit stage play “He Saw the Best of Me”coming to the Granville Art Center in Garland, TX on Saturday October 18, 2014.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mother of three adult children and a MeeMee of four (girls) and one on the way. I love to see people flourish, especially the underdogs. I believe that we all are kings and queens of the most high God. We are royalty! I am Royalty, that’s who I am!
How many plays have you written and directed?
I have written 3 plays and directed 2 plays.
That’s pretty awesome. What compelled you to write this story?
I have always written, but didn’t have the faith to go forward. I would start it and never finish it. Until one day I had gone to a play and it was a play and a dinner, well the dinner lasted longer than the play. At that point, I decided to step out on faith and trust God and He hasn’t failed me yet.
Has it always been your dream to be a playwright/ director?
Yes, back in the 80’s I went to my very first stage play in Savannah called “ How I Got Over”. It was just amazing to see and becoming a playwright/ director has been in my heart ever since.
Tell us a little about the play.
The play is about a woman named Constance Miller who finds herself living on St Helena Island, SC after being in and out of foster care. Constance’s early years of abuse and being shuffled from one foster home to another leads to much more abuse as an adult. After meeting TreMaine her life began to spiral out of control with years of prostitution, alcohol and drug abuse. Constance’s friend Paige decided enough is enough and offer’s Constance a helping hand, but Paige is dealing with her own demons.
In this story you will see how God is always the answer, no matter what others may think. Annie the owner of the Purple Rose flower shop will prove prayer without ceasing is the key. You will see when fighting your battles you must fight them on your knees with prayer. With God all things are possible if you only believe!
We have an amazing cast! National recording artist Trent Cory, Tommye Young West ; Jackie Boyd-Watkins former Kurt Carr Singer ; Cherrie Thompson-Scott are just a few of the talented artist in this play. Our leading lady, Josette Ables, has written 2 original songs and will be performing them.
We also have a number of other great actors:
- Rachelle Wilson who plays Paige~ look out!
- Big C the Encourager plays Pastor Hart who really doesn’t have a heart for God’s people
- Brandon Dillard plays the role of Tyrone a Godly man
- Jackylon Payne plays Sister Lynette; I am sure every church as a Sister Lynette
- Alex Carson (plays Officer Spalding)
This play will also introduce Chiquita Moses who debut as Dr. Buzzard the witch doctor.
That is an amazing cast! I wouldn’t mind hearing them sing. How long have you all been preparing for the show?
Well over 6 months. I like a lot of details. Most importantly I like to work with excellence, giving God my very best.
What was it like working with this all star cast?
I have a great group; from the cast to the crew they are truly a blessing. It’s a blessing to be able to write and have a group of talented individuals to bring it to life with such professionalism. It’s a blessing and honor to have others believe in your vision. I am one grateful playwright!
What would you say to convince a person who wouldn’t normally choose to see a faith-based play to come out to see your play He Saw the Best in Me?
I would say, it’s not about religion it’s about REALITY. We live in a world of good and evil and we are faced with decision everyday and it’s up to us to choose to do what’s right. I would encourage them not shy away because it’s faith based, these characters are acting out REALITY on the stage. To see how God can take a situation and turn it around! I am living proof that He can and He will if we would only trust HIM.
What message would you love for people to take away from your play?
Not all stories end happily ever after. Again, the REALITY is not all will make it into HEAVEN however that’s our hope and prayer. I pray that when they walk away, they would truly examine their own hearts and come away from anything that would hinder them from hearing the words from the Father saying “Well done my good and faithful servant”!
Thanks for taking the time to interview with us Princella! We wish you much success with your play.
If we were in the Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex, we would definitely check out this play. If you are in the DFW you can purchase your tickets to this event on eventbrite.com. Princella has also been generous enough to gift one awesome reader with a free ticket to her play.
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