|Left to right: Kiahran "KJ" Adams as Paul, Marci Duncan as Deborah and James Webb as Daryl|
Popular demand has brought Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus James Webb’s production, The Contract, back to Tallahassee for an encore.
“Because of the glowing comments and the number of people that we had to turn away we decided to mount it again, but this time in our larger space,” said Valencia E. Matthews, the director of the production.
The Contract will be presented May 18 through May 20 and May 25 through 27 at the Charles Winter Wood Theatre located on the first floor of Tucker Hall. The performances on Friday and Saturday will start at 8 p.m. and the performances on Sunday will start at 3 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizen, $10 for students with identification and $5 FAMU students with ID.
In it, Webb plays the role of a pastor who leads a “mega” flock to the power and the truth of Christianity though he struggles with his own belief.
“The conversation regarding sexuality and spirituality is a sensitive one,” said Webb. “This play helps us to have a conversation about it.”
Can God and gay coexist? Is the question that the character of Daryl grapples to answer on his journey to discovering his authentic self.
This production is designed to be viewed by adults. It contains profanity and mild sexual and mature situations.
The Contract will feature Webb as Daryl, the pastor; theatre professor Marci Duncan as Deborah, the pastor’s wife; and introduce theatre minor Kiahran Adams as the love interest, Paul.
From his performance in the world premiere of Ntozake Shange’s Layla’s Dream to winner of the 2010 Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, Webb has regularly earned admiration for his diverse range of talent.
Webb is an actor, playwright, educator and author who earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre from FAMU and a master of fine arts in acting from the University of Florida.
For more information, call (850) 561-2425.