Get your tickets for `A Mother’s Revenge’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2005

One of the main goals of the Suffolk Les Gemmes Inc., of which I’m a member, is to raise funds to promote its programs which include scholarship, cultural and educational programs. To fulfill these goals, the organization must bring quality entertainment and activities to the community and make sure that these events will leave an impact and meaning on the lives of everyone who supports them.

One of these events, a dinner theatre in tribute to Mother’s Day, &uot;A Mother’s Revenge,&uot; will take place at 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 15 at Temple Beth El on Bridge Road. This is a spin-off production of a play that was sponsored by Les Gemmes Inc.

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at Temple Beth El in 2003.

The play is written by Dr. Herman D. Clark Jr., a resident of Virginia Beach, member and trustee of New Hope COGIC in Norfolk. It is based on the Biblical scripture Romans 12:19 which reads, &uot;Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord.&uot;

The eight characters in the production are also members of his church.

In addition to these two plays, about four years ago Les Gemmes presented another play written by Clark, &uot;Maggie Fly Works Her Show&uot; at the Planters Club. Both of these productions received excellent comments from

sell-out crowds.

This newly revised production features Nora Andrews as the main character. Andrews is a faithful and devout Christian and in today’s multi-cultural society, Christians are faced with challenging decisions prompted by the evils of the world. In this presentation, Andrew’s character is based upon Christian moral values and that she is committed to the love of her family.

She is also firm yet torn in making a drastic decision to defend a loved one. The key thing to remember is what will she decide? You will have to be present to witness the laughter and the sadness that is brought out in a mother’s revenge.

Andrew’s husband John portrays her husband in the play; Robert Norton portrays a lawyer and the killer; and Elaine Madison, Norton’s fiance’ is played by Elaine Madison.

Clark is one of three children born to Dr. and Mrs. Herman Clark Sr. He maintained the honor roll throughout high school and graduated at the age of 16. He graduated from college at the age of 19 and began teaching in the Norfolk Public School System.

Clark’s most challenging and rewarding achievement took place when he became principle of Bowling Park Elementary School.

Currently, Clark is a full-time professor of the School of Law at Regent University and an educational consultant at Old Dominion University and the Portsmouth Public School System.


resident of Virginia Beach, Clark is married to the former Reuthenia Corbett, a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.

She serves as dean of students at Azalea Middle School. The Clarks are the parents of two grown children, Johanna Joy and Victor Pierre.

Suffolk Les Gemmes was formed in 1968 and has 11 active members.

The organization recently elected the following new officers: Gracie Eure, president; Anita Warren, vice president; Gail Hinton-Copeland, secretary;

Joyce Garretson, financial secretary; and Andrey Knight, treasurer. I will serve as the

parliamentarian and reporter. Other members are Veronica

Evans, Clementine Bess,

Maggie Gay, Lezma Cobb and Gwen Marshal.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday.

For tickets or for more information contact Eure at 925-4205, Copeland, 539-3689, Wall, 539-5507, or Knight at 539-7896.

Evelyn Wall is a regular columnist for the News-Herald. Reach her at 934-9615.