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Original gospel stage play to be performed Saturday

Derik Vanderford Contributing Columnist

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UNION — A new stage play by Mary Owens promises to bring tears of joy, sorrow, and laughter this weekend.


Led by playwright/director Mary Owens, a group of players known as The Chosen Few will present an original gospel stage play entitled “Mama, Did You Love Us?” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Pacolet River Baptist Association building, located at 168 Lovers Lane Road in Union.


Owens said the play is about a mother of two children — played by Diane Woodard — who is abused by her alcoholic husband — played by Ralph Rice. The mother has to give up her children. The brother and sister — played by Manus Sims and Raquel Gist — are reunited as adults later in life, not realizing their connection to each other.


“They fall in love and try to get married before they find out they are related,” Owens said.


She explained that the brother and sister characters have difficulty accepting their mother and her decisions early in life.


“Parents have to make decisions in life that affect the entire family,” Owens said. “We have to give parents the benefit of the doubt, and we have to say ‘I love you’ before it’s too late.”


“We have to forgive and forget,” she added. “The Lord forgives us and we have to forgive others.”


Owens also said the play is not entirely serious, as there have been moments so hilarious that the cast can barely keep straight faces during rehearsals.


Owens wants everyone in Union County — all ages and races — to know they are invited to come experience an evening of spiritual entertainment.


“Everybody will be able to relate to it one way or another,” Owens said.


Tickets will be available at the door. They are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.

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