Urban Playwright makes his first stop in the Magnolia State with the hilarious new holiday production ‘What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas’
Date(s) - 11/24/2013
Whitfield Hall - Rent Auditorium
What do the lonely do at Christmas?
Whitfield Hall will be filled with laughter and song on November 24th. The Urban Playwright, Marc Raby will roll into town with the holiday stage play “What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas?”
The show will feature R&B and Southern Soul Legend Floyd Taylor. Taylor is not only a renowned singer in his own right, but he is also the son of the Legendary Soul Singer Johnny Taylor. Also featured among the cast is Joe Little of the billboard topping Rude Boys. The group is most noted for their hit “Written All over Your Face”. The song showcased the vocals of Joe Little III and Edward “Buddy” Banks, with a cameo appearance by Gerald LeVert; the single rode the charts for 31 weeks, and finally made it to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts. The show also features a rousing performance from Dave Tolliver of the group Men at Large. Tolliver is most known for the R&B Classic “So Alone” which made Billboard’s Hot 100 list and was radio’s #1 song of the year in 1993. Also joining in on the all-star ensemble will be Columbus’ very own Rick “Don’t Go” Mason.
When asked to explain the nature of the shows story line, Raby simply explained, “The holidays are sometimes challenging for families and the dinner table is usually a huge place of drama. It’s a perfect blend of issues, humor and inspiration. In short, he’s had enough, and she’s determined to be right, things at home will never be the same.
The show’s title might sound familiar merely because it shares its name with the popular musical holiday staple made famous by The Emotions, an American all-female soul and R&B singing group who first charted the hit in 1973.
Although one of the youngest playwrights on the Gospel Theatre Circuit, Marc Raby has penned more than half a dozen stage production within the past decade. The Alabama native has written, directed and produced urban theatre which has included the likes of Shirley Murdock, Chico Debarge, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong and many more. With thrilling titles from “He’s Not the Man I Married” to “Should a Man Cry”, Raby has managed to brilliantly blend laughter, song and drama together in a manner which continues to thrill audiences throughout the southeast.
What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas, the play, takes place on the campus of MUW at Whitfield Hall. Tickets for the Sunday, November 24th show cost $20. Doors will open at 6:30 and the show will begins at 7pm. Tickets can purchased at Tony’s BBQ in Macon and Starkville, Pig Out BBQ and Exclusive Clothing in Columbus, Golden Shears in WestPoint andwww.marcraby.com . VIP Tickets are available online.