By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected]
Imagine hearing a conversation in a Target so good, so juicy, so enticing, that you decide it should become a play- then you make it so. That’s what happened to Vernon Williams III and the DC Black Broadway crew after Williams overheard a conversation in 2015. Four years later that overheard conversation is now Confessions of a Side Chick and is coming to the Lincoln Theatre on July 20.
“How I wanted the play to go- beginning, middle and end- all that came about years ago,” Williams told the AFRO in an exclusive interview. “I did other stage plays and things of that nature, before I got to this one. And we decided to sit down and get this one done because it’s a great topic and a great story line.”
“It’s a topic in our society that needs to be talked about. That needs to be dealt with,” Williams added.
The topic of a “Side Chick,” is one that has been mentioned in popular culture, but not always fully discussed, explained and investigated through the arts. In classic DC Black Broadway fashion, as the same people who brought the sold-out productions of Stranger in My House, What Your Man Won’t Do and The Giz, Confessions of a Side Chick was created to bring homegrown talent and celebrities to local audiences and entertain with a powerful message.
Some of the play’s talent includes BET Sunday’s Best winner Y’anna Crawley, D.C. native Anwan “Big G” Glover, actor and producer Omar Terell and actor Dremon Cooper.
Williams explained why he feels the Side Chick message is so relevant in today’s culture.
“It’s so much variety out here… so people are not staying to their core values, they’re not sticking to the values of marriage,” he said. “Everybody’s looking for something else to do, but there are other things to do. You could pick up a hobby, read a book, do something else- get with the Lord. People are out here finding easy ways out and that’s not the easy way out.”
Speaking of getting with the Lord, as DC Black Broadway worked on the finishing touches of the four-year project, Pastor Keith Battle was also delving into the subject of Side Chicks.
Battle, pastor of Zion Church Landover released a book Side Chickology: Why Men & Women Cheat: Understanding, Avoiding, & Recovering from Infidelity earlier this year, to rave reviews. In addition to the book, he also took the lessons of Side Chickology to the pulpit.
Battle’s recent book and sermons perfectly correlated with DC Black Broadway’s mission of bringing awareness to the dangerous nuances of cheating to audiences.
“It just so happened that Pastor Battle was doing his book Side Chickology and doing a lot of sermons about it… So this coincided with Pastor Battle and his book,” Williams told the AFRO.
As audiences attend the Lincoln Theatre for the play, Battle will be there selling his book and will also be present to provide spiritual and mental comfort for those grappling with the heavy topics explored in Confessions of a Side Chick.
“His book can sell at the stage play, and then people can come to the show- that are also having issues in their marriage or whatever- Pastor Battle can fill the need for counseling for people there,” Williams explained.
The creative team behind Confessions of a Side Chick made it clear that while entertaining, the play was raw and heavy.
“It’s a real life story. It’s a story and it’s not cleaned up,” writer and producer Lovaill Long told the AFRO.
Its raw nature is one of the reasons Long contends the message and play is so necessary.
“I think it’s so important because it [teaches],” Long said. “Life brings many changes, sometimes everything is not good. Sometimes it takes bad things to happen for us men to grow up,” he added hoping to not ruin any bit of the play’s storyline.
For now, audiences will only have one day (July 20) and two performances (4 p.m. and 8 p.m.) to see this juicy topic played out on stage at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St N.W.
For tickets to Confessions of a Side Chick visit https://www.thelincolndc.com or call (202) 888-0050. Tickets range from $48.50 to $100 depending on seating preferences and availability.