Love is a lot more complicated than just a four-letter word, and pastor Quincy D. Griffin’s stage play reveals just how complicated it can be. In the one night only, comedic drama “Me Against the World” Griffin will explore love, loss and betrayal. The production is set to premiere Friday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Florida A&M University’s Lee Hall.
The production will explore a rocky marriage where Tasha, the main character, has completely lost faith in her spirituality. Griffin, the playwright for the production, got the inspiration for this play while driving.
“I was riding down I-10 and I was thinking about some of the messages that God had given me in terms of insecurities, low self- esteem,” Griffin said “From that, God gave me the idea to write a play.”
In the play, Tasha suspects her husband is cheating on her, but her husband is not the only person that she feels she cannot put her trust into. She has an idea everyone is plotting against her until she realizes that she’s fighting with herself both internally and spiritually.
When asked what he wants the audience to receive from the play, Griffin said he wants students, adults and even children to know the people that you respect, look up to and admire, still have some of the same struggles that you have.
“Healing comes from this message, even if it’s a hard pill to swallow,” Griffin said.
After writing this play, Griffin quickly reached out to someone who not only had the expertise, but the heart behind it. This came to be none other than, Hollywood actress and Master of Fine Arts, Markeshia Gorden. Gorden has written, produced and directed over 18 stage and film productions since 2011.
Gorden explained the audience will leave the play with “realness, healing, clarity, and instruction.” After agreeing to direct the play, Gorden noted this production became so special to her because she realized the vision behind it.
“To be a part of a work that I didn’t birth myself, but at the same time, I still had the heart and passion for,” Gorden said. “That was the determining factor and what made this so special for me.”
This production is not only special to the writer and director, but also to the actors included. The production features eight FAMU alumni, including the Tally Awards’ individual entertainer of the year, Star Swain.
Swain plays the leading role of Tasha and believed the themes of the play are universal. She detailed how she hopes guests are able to identify with the production.
“I’m hoping the audience realizes that your personal issues have to be dealt with and not swept under the rug,” Swain said. “Otherwise, you will hurt others that you love with your anger and bitterness and resentment even if that’s not your intention.”
To purchase tickets for this one night only production, visit Eventbrite.com or email MATWtheplay@gmail.com