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Play to hit the stage next weekend

Published 11:04pm Friday, November 11, 2011

A local playwright is producing her newest creation next weekend, and it’s her dream to have a full house for the show.

“Heavenly Dream” by Jo Anne Jones will be performed at King’s Fork Middle School, 350 King’s Fork Road, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Jones, who also produced a well-attended play called “Ghetto Tramp” several years ago, said the new play is about a single father who doesn’t believe in God.

“They have been living by themselves from the time the children would recognize they didn’t have a mother,” Jones said. “They’ve come to the age now that they want to ask questions, but each time they ask questions, he hesitates.”

Because the father no longer believes in God, he doesn’t allow his children to associate with anyone who does, Jones said.

She wouldn’t reveal any more of the story, but added that it has a positive ending.

“The question is, ‘What do you really mean when you say you love the Lord,’” Jones said.

Jones typically gets her ideas from experiences in her own life or those around her, she said.

“My plays are not just for entertainment, but I feel like it’s a ministry through dialogue,” she said. “There are messages I hope people will get from the play that they can take with them. I hope that it will help them as they proceed in life.”

Jones said she realizes there are a lot of things going on this weekend and hopes people will take the time out to come see her play.

“’Heavenly Dream’ has many messages,” Jones said. “One will have to look inside to see what he will be able to glean from the situations.”

Jones’ production company, Jo Marc Productions, has been producing plays in Hampton Roads for 21 years.

Tickets to the production are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call 809-1342.

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