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051919 leisure Other Woman

The production of Holly Hill native Thomasena Williams' gospel stage play "The Other Woman" will be held June 15 at St.George's Lourie Theater.

TW Productions will present “The Other Woman,” a gospel stage play, at 7 p.m. June 15, at the Lourie Theater in St. George.

Written and directed by Holly Hill native Dr. Thomasena Williams, the play presents “life lessons of love, forgiveness and redemption,” Williams said.

“People tend to put the best on the outside in relationships, when on the inside something is lacking, and instead of talking about it and seeking God’s guidance, they walk after the flesh and follow their mixed emotions and mess up every time,” she said. “When they look to God for help, is it too late? Do things work out for their good? Can they forgive and move on?”

Ranging in age from 8 to 59, cast members hail from from Holly Hill, Orangeburg, Vance, Swansea, St. George, Eastover, Summerville and Atlanta.

Williams, 57, is a single mother of two daughters, Sgt. Naja Jones and Niela Elmore, a senior at Allen University.

As the head of her church’s youth department, Williams would write skits and solo dramas for holidays that she hoped would challenge the young people and stir up their creative impulses. Eventually, she began to incorporate adults into her productions.

The shows were free, but in 2005, Williams approached her pastor about charging $5 and inviting the community to attend her gospel stage productions, with the money to be used for a new church edifice.

The crowds grew over the years, and Williams said that in 2013, her pastor told her she had a gift and needed to take her plays outside the four walls of the church.

So that same year, she said she “stepped out on faith” and held her first production at the Lourie Theater. The production sold out, she said, and she’s been producing plays once or twice a year since then.

Williams wrote a short movie that was aired on local television and revised a play titled “Don’t Tell” into a film that was premiered at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. She is also the author of “Getting Raw with The Sanctified Sisters.”

Tickets are $10 each. For tickets or more information, contact Williams at 803-759-6449.

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