“Circle of Love” Explores Real-Life Issues
CLARKSDALE – Audience members experienced a roller coaster ride of emotions during the “Circle of Love” original stage play presented Tuesday night in observance of CCC’s 2014 Cultural Awareness Week.
“Circle of Love” was written by Dr. Lance E. Brown, founder and owner of Public Awareness Theatre, LLC. A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Brown is also an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. He received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University of Wisconsin, a Master of Divinity from the Gammon Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary.
Dr. Brown has performed several of his original productions at CCC since 1995 and said he feels at home each time he visits.
“We’re just glad to be here tonight,” he said.
The play’s cast of talented young actors reeled in the audience of students, alumni, faculty and staff and community members as they acted out some of the issues many young couples face today.
“The Lord led me to address some issues that a lot of people don’t like to talk about,” said Brown. “It’s public awareness. We bring to the forefront issues facing society and people on a day-to-day basis. … What we try to do is make it real.”
The production mirrored a soap opera as it followed three couples that had been friends since their first semester of college. Seven years later, the couples found themselves at odds in their relationships over problems that were brought to light as everyone expressed the likes and dislikes they had for their mates. On the surface, the issues included hair, tattoos and attitudes. However, as the play progressed, deeper issues such as spirituality, abuse, molestations, cancer, extra-marital affairs and suicide were explored.
“The Circle of Love is just what it is … people coming together, that commitment,” said Brown. “The one thing I hope the audience took away is the importance of communication between couples or whomever you’re involved with. Total communication and honesty is necessary.”
The play was sponsored by CCC’s Lyceum committee, which is funded by a Title IIIB grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
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