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Welcome to the Theatre

Are you interested in our upcoming season, want to audition, intern, or even volunteer? Well Guess What? You are in the right place!  Thelron Pleas Studios would love to have you.


1.Internship (6-12/College) Application

2. Volunteer (Adult) Application

3. Audition Request/Application

4. Summer Camp Information 



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Bourbon at the Border

by Pearl Cleage

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

June 1, 2018 – 8PM

June 2, 2018 – 8PM

*Stipends provided to all actors cast.

AUDITION REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)



Play Synopsis:

When May and Charlie joined hundreds of other Americans who went to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 for a massive voter registration drive, they had no idea their lives were about to change forever. As students at Howard University, their campus activism had been met with calls to their parents and threats of expulsion. The stakes in Mississippi were a lot higher. White supremacists, outraged at the challenge to their segregated way of life, responded with violence that left three civil rights workers dead and many wounded. Years later, May and Charlie are still searching for a way back from the damage that was done to them during that long ago “Freedom Summer.” Unable to confide even in her best friend, Rosa, about the demons that haunt her dreams and twist Charlie’s love for her into something she can no longer recognize, May is convinced that if she can just get Charlie to leave Detroit and cross the bridge to Canada, they can start a new life. But when Rosa’s friend Tyrone gets Charlie a job as a truck driver, the madness of that summer bubbles over until it threatens all of their very lives. BOURBON AT THE BORDER takes a look at the lives of two ordinary people who gave everything they had to the African–American freedom struggle but who have now been largely forgotten. In telling May and Charlie’s story, BOURBON AT THE BORDER puts a human face on the unknown soldiers of the civil rights movement by refusing to romanticize them even as it honors their specific sacrifices and the price they paid.
“A tingling story of the ghosts of a Mississippi summer…Once again, as in Cleage’s Flyin’ West and Blues for an Alabama Sky, the characters ring marvelously true. They are, by turns, funny and earthy and tingling with poetic metaphor…surprisingly heartbreaking…” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


CAST: AUDITION INFORMATION

SETTING:Detroit, Michigan 

TIME: 1995

CHARACTERS: 2 Women / 2 Men

AUDITION DATE: March 22, 2018 @ 6:30PM,  Location: (Upon registration, location details will be sent to you). 

Characters: 

  1. May Thompson – African-American woman, late 40’s
  2. Rosa St. John – African-American woman, late 40’s
  3. Charles Thompson – African-American man, late 40’s
  4. Tyrone Washington – African-American man, late 40’s

 

Tentative Production Schedule:  

Auditions: March 22, 2018 @ 6:30PM

CallBacks: March 26, 2018 and March 27, 2018 @ 6:30PM

 

*THIS IS A COLD READING AUDITION: You will perform lines/scenes from a script that we provide. You will be given 5 minutes to look over the material before being called to the rehearsal room. After your audition, please wait in the waiting room. You may be requested for a Call Back after your audition. 

(SELECTED INDIVIDUALS) – CALL BACKS:  March 26 and 27, 2018 AT 6:30PM. LOCATION: (Upon registration, location details will be sent to you).   (PLEASE CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE IN CASE YOU ARE SELECTED FOR CALLBACKS) 



REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL) 

1. Rehearsal Starts on/and the week of Monday April 2, 2018 @ 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: (Location: Macon, GA) 

1. Tuesdays: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

2. Thursday: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

3. Saturdays: 1:00PM- 5:00PM

AUDITION REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)



CREATIVE TEAM:

Director: Thelron Pleas

Stage Manager: Christopher Graddick

Asst. Stage Manager (Props):

Asst. Stage Manager II: – (Costumes): TBD

Scenic Designer: TBD

Lighting Designer: TBD

Technical Director: Butch McCrary

Musical Director: Issac Gibson

Production Coordinator I: Bridgitte Jones

Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Thelma Dillard

Season Graphic Designer: Christopher Marcs Designs, http://www.christophermarcsdesign.com/

 

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Blues for an Alabama Sky 

by Pearl Cleage

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

Friday – JUNE 3, 2016 – 8PM

Saturday – JUNE 4, 2016 – 7:30PM

Sunday – JUNE 5, 2016 – 5PM

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Play Synopsis:

Angel Allen is a down-and-out back-up singer and the recent ex-girlfriend of an Italian-American gangster. She has lost her job at the Cotton Club and is drowning her bad luck in booze. Once again, she must depend upon her roommate, Guy Jacobs, for support. Guy is a brilliant costume designer (also fired from the Cotton Club) who dreams of sailing off to Paris to design clothes for the internationally renown black, singer/actress, Josephine Baker. Across the hall lives Delia Patterson, a dedicated young social worker, who is being courted by Sam Thomas, a mature general practitioner, who embraces Harlem’s night life in order to forget his unending work days and the grinding poverty of his patients.

Both are supportive of the new birth control movement started by Margaret Sanger and are instrumental in advocating a clinic for Harlem. Into the mix comes Leland Cunningham, a naïve young man who has just moved to notorious Harlem from a small town in Alabama following the death of his wife and unborn child. He is a hard-working, Godfearing Christian who is appalled at the libertarian life-styles he finds in Harlem, that is, until he meets and is smitten with Angel. Filled with humor, love, hope, fear and survival, the play deals with personal and social issues. Though the play takes place in 1930s Harlem, there is a sense of the 1990s in the conflicts taking place. Cleage’s five characters include winners, losers and users who all have their dreams in the difficult time called The Great Depression.



CAST: AUDITION INFORMATION

SETTING:

It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. | The setting is an apartment building in Harlem.

TIME: 1930s | Harlem, New York

CHARACTERS: 2 Females/3 Males

  • ANGEL ALLEN – a thirty-four-year-old black woman who looks five years younger, former back-up singer at the Cotton Club. (Female, 34)
  • GUY JACOBS – a thirtyish black man; costume designer at The Cotton Club. (30, Male)
  • DELIA PATTERSON – a twenty-five-year-old black woman; social worker on staff at the Margaret Sanger family planning clinic. (Female, 25)
  • SAM THOMAS – a forty-year-old doctor at Harlem Hospital. (Male, 40)
  • LELAND CUNNINGHAM – a twenty-eight-year-old black man from Alabama; a six-week resident of Harlem. (Male, 28)


CREATIVE TEAM:

Artistic Director: Thelron Pleas

Stage Manager: Josy Jones

Asst. Stage Manager (Props): Jaquavious Davis

Stage Management Interns – TBD

Asst. Stage Manager II: – (Costumes): Chevette White

Scenic Designer: Thelron Pleas

Lighting Designer: Thelron Pleas

Technical Director: Butch McCrary

Production Manager: Christopher Graddick

Musical Director: Issac Gibson

Production Coordinator I: Bridgitte Jones

Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Thelma Dillard

Season Graphic Designer: Christopher Marcs Designs, http://www.christophermarcsdesign.com/

Blues for an Alabama Sky Audition Information

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Blues for an Alabama Sky 

by Pearl Cleage

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

Friday JUNE 3, 2016 – 8PM

Saturday JUNE 4, 2016 – 7:30PM

Sunday JUNE 5, 2016 – 5PM

AUDITION REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)



Play Synopsis:

Angel Allen is a down-and-out back-up singer and the recent ex-girlfriend of an Italian-American gangster. She has lost her job at the Cotton Club and is drowning her bad luck in booze. Once again, she must depend upon her roommate, Guy Jacobs, for support. Guy is a brilliant, flamboyant, homosexual costume designer (also fired from the Cotton Club) who dreams of sailing off to Paris to design clothes for the internationally renown black, singer/actress, Josephine Baker. Across the hall lives Delia Patterson, a dedicated young social worker, who is being courted by Sam Thomas, a mature general practitioner, who embraces Harlem’s night life in order to forget his unending work days and the grinding poverty of his patients.

Both are supportive of the new birth control movement started by Margaret Sanger and are instrumental in advocating a clinic for Harlem. Into the mix comes Leland Cunningham, a naïve young man who has just moved to notorious Harlem from a small town in Alabama following the death of his wife and unborn child. He is a hard-working, Godfearing Christian who is appalled at the libertarian life-styles he finds in Harlem, that is, until he meets and is smitten with Angel. Filled with humor, love, hope, fear and survival, the play deals with personal and social issues. Though the play takes place in 1930s Harlem, there is a sense of the 1990s in the conflicts taking place. Cleage’s five characters include winners, losers and users who all have their dreams in the difficult time called The Great Depression.



CAST: AUDITION INFORMATION

SETTING:

It is the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. | The setting is an apartment building in Harlem.

TIME: 1930s | Harlem, New York

CHARACTERS: 2 Females/3 Males

AUDITION DATE: March 30, 2016 @ 6PM, the Historic Douglass Theatre – Macon, GA

  • ANGEL ALLEN – a thirty-four-year-old black woman who looks five years younger, former back-up singer at the Cotton Club. (Female, 34)
  • GUY JACOBS – a thirtyish black man; costume designer at The Cotton Club. (30, Male)
  • DELIA PATTERSON – a twenty-five-year-old black woman; social worker on staff at the Margaret Sanger family planning clinic. (Female, 25)
  • SAM THOMAS – a forty-year-old doctor at Harlem Hospital. (Male, 40)
  • LELAND CUNNINGHAM – a twenty-eight-year-old black man from Alabama; a six-week resident of Harlem. (Male, 28)

*THIS IS A COLD READING AUDITION: You will perform lines/scenes from a script that we provide. You will be given 5 minutes to look over the material before being called to the stage. After your audition, please wait in the lobby. You may be requested for a Call Back after your audition. 

(SELECTED INDIVIDUALS) – CALL BACKS:  WEDNESDAY APRIL 6, 2015 AT 6:00PM.  LOCATION: THE DOUGLASS THEATRE   (PLEASE CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE IN CASE YOU ARE SELECTED FOR CALLBACKS) 



REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL) 

1. Rehearsal Starts on/and the week of Friday April 8, 2016 @ 6:00PM – 9:00PM

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: (Vicinity Location: West Macon

1. Wednesdays: 6:00PM – 9:00PM

2. Friday: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

3. Saturdays: 1:00PM- 5:00PM

AUDITION REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)



CREATIVE TEAM:

Artistic Director: Thelron Pleas

Stage Manager: TBD

Asst. Stage Manager (Props): TBD

Asst. Stage Manager II: – (Costumes): TBD

Scenic Designer: TBD

Lighting Designer: TBD

Technical Director: Butch McCrary

Production Manager: Christopher Graddick

Musical Director: Issac Gibson

Production Coordinator I: Bridgitte Jones

Publicity Coordinator: Dr. Thelma Dillard

Season Graphic Designer: Christopher Marcs Designs, http://www.christophermarcsdesign.com/

Steel Magnolias

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Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Friday MARCH 4, 2016 – 8PM

Saturday MARCH 5, 2016 – 7:30PM

Sunday MARCH 6, 2016 – 5PM



 

Summary:

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.



SETTING: Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana

TIME: 1980’s

CHARACTERS: 6 Women

AUDITION DATE: December 2, 2015 @ 6:30PM, the Historic Douglass Theatre – Macon, GA

Prepare: Please prepare one of the monologues on the next page; scenes will be read from the script at the audition.

We are looking for strong, passionate, and motivated actors. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Please do not type yourself out, and do not role type yourself based on the movie.

CAST:

Truvy: 40-year-old owner of a small town beauty shop. She knows everyone‟s business and shares it with anyone who will listen. Southern Belle. She always has advice for you, and they often come in the form of country sayings.

Annelle: very shy 20-year-old hairdresser. She goes from a very soft-spoken person to a bible-loving Christian with her heart on her sleeve.

Clairee: 60-year-old widow of the former mayor of Chinquapin. She is wealthy and also knows everyone‟s business. She is the sarcastic member of the group. She loves to laugh and poke fun at the little things that others cry over. She is very close with Ouiser.

Shelby: Roughly 25-year-old diabetic young lady. Prettiest girl in town, and loved by all. She has a weird relationship with her mother, and often rebels just for the sake of rebellion.

M’Lynn: 50-year-old mother of Shelby. She is over-protective at times and finds the need to have a firm grasp on the world at all times. She is a busy woman who worries too much for her age.

Ouiser (pronounced Weezer): She is 60-years-old. She is a wealthy old bitty. She is a loveably miserable lady, though. Her unique personality and sense of humor is a great relief in the serious scenes. She is very close to Clairee.

AUDITION REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)

Audition Monologues: 

Truvy (talking to Annelle about the local gossip. She obviously knows it all) I have a strict philosophy that I have stuck to for fifteen years… “There‟s no such thing as natural beauty”. Remember that, or we‟re out of a job. You must live close by. Within walking distance, I mean. I didn‟t see a car. You live over at Robeline‟s, right? Ruth Robeline, now there‟s a story. She‟s a twisted, troubled soul. Her life‟s been an experiment in terror. Husband killed in Vietnam. I have to tell you, when it comes to suffering, she‟s right up there with Elizabeth Taylor.

Annelle (talking to M’lynn about Shelby’s death) I think in Shelby‟s case, she wanted to take care of that baby, of you, of everybody she knew… and her poor body was just worn out. It wouldn‟t let her do everything she wanted to do. So she went to on to a place where she could be a guardian angel. She will always be young. She will always be beautiful. And I personally feel much safer knowing she‟s up there on my side. I know some people might think that sounds real simple and stupid… and maybe I am. But that‟s how I get through things like this.

Clairee (while telling everyone about her gay nephew) I‟m such a nosy old thing. I asked him how he…met people. „Cause in my day you could tell by a man‟s carriage and demeanor by which side his bread was buttered on. But today? In this day and age? Who knows? I asked Marshall, “How can you tell?” and he says “All gay men have track lightin. And all gay men are named Mark, Rick, or Steve.” (laughs) He is such a nut…track lightin (laughs).

Shelby (talking to her mom about her pregnancy and her possible health problems) Mama. I don‟t know why you have to make everything so difficult. I look at having this baby as the opportunity of a lifetime. Sure, there may be some risk involved. That‟s true for anybody. But you get through it and life goes on. And when it‟s all said and done there‟ll be a piece of immortality with Jackson‟s looks and my sense of style…I hope. Mama, please. I need your support. I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.

M’Lynn (talking, through tears, about the last minutes with Shelby) I stayed there. I kept on pushing…just like I always have where Shelby was concerned…hoping she‟d sit up and argue with me. But finally we all realized there was no hope. At that point I panicked. I was afraid that I wouldn‟t survive the next few minutes while they turned off the machines. Drum couldn‟t take it. He left. Jackson couldn‟t take it. He left. It struck me as amusing. Men are supposed to be made of steel or something. But I couldn‟t leave. I just sat there holding Shelby‟s hand while the sounds got softer and the beeps got farther apart until all was quiet. There was no noise, no tremble. Just peace. I realized as a woman how lucky I was. I was there when this wonderful person drifted into this world, and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life so far.

Ouiser (arguing with Clairee over going out to get cultured in New York) Let‟s get one thing straight. I don‟t see plays because I can nap at home for free. I don‟t see movies because they‟re all trash and full of naked people. And I don‟t read books because if they‟re any good, they‟ll be made into a mini-series. And as far as Owen is concerned, Clairee, a dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste. We are friends. He would like more. I‟m dealing with that. But I am old and set in my ways. Besides, I can‟t help that men find me desirable.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL) 

Pre-Rehearsal Meeting/Orientation: (Vicinity Location: West Macon) 

1. Wednesday December 9, 2015 – 6:15PM – 8:15PM

2. Wednesday December 16, 2015 – 6:15PM – 8:15PM

3. Wednesday December 28, 2015 – 6:15PM – 7:15PM

Regular Rehearsal Starts on/and the week of Tuesday January 5, 2016 @ 6:15PM

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: (Vicinity Location: West Macon) 

1. Tuesdays: 6:15PM – 9:00PM

2. Fridays: 6:15PM – 8:15PM

3. Saturdays: 1:00PM- 5:00PM



 

Hoodoo Love – SEASON PREMIERE

Press Release

 

Immediate Release                                                September 3, 2015

Contact:  Thelron Pleas 339.70P-LEAS

Douglass Theatre (478)742-2000

TOWERING THE ARTS PRESENTS

 

HOODOO LOVE by Katori Hall

Directed by Thelron Pleas

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

Friday OCTOBER 2, 2015 – 8PM

Saturday OCTOBER 3, 2015 – 7PM

Sunday OCTOBER 4, 2015 – 5PM



In Hoodoo Love, Toulou, a young Black woman has fled the cotton fields with dreams of becoming a renowned blues singer on the famous Beale Street.  She quickly falls hard for a blues man, the harmonica-playing, guitar-strumming, itinerant musician, Ace Of Spades  who comes and goes without remorse or guilt, openly admitting to having lovers in every town where he plays.  In Toulou, he finds a comfort of sorts and a bit of musical inspiration.

Wanting to know what it feels like to have a man stick around for her for once in her life, Toulou seeks the aid of her next-door neighbor, Candylady, who is adept at hoodoo (i.e. voodoo). Toulou literally wants to cast a spell on her man to bind him to her so that she can have a piece of Ace forever. – FOR MATURE AUDIENCES



Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.  You may purchase tickets at the Douglass Theatre Box Office, or visitwww.ThelronPleas.com Towering the Arts Program Director: Thelron Pleas, Phone Number: 339.70P-LEAS.



13WMAZ – Towering the Arts Announcement 

Thelron Pleas, July 11, 2015



CASTING CALLS: 

Hoodoo Love

Hoodoo Love

by Katori Hall

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

Friday OCTOBER 2, 2015 – 8PM

Saturday OCTOBER 3, 2015 – 7PM

Sunday OCTOBER 4, 2015 – 5PM

AUDITION REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)



Play Synopsis:

In Hoodoo Love, Toulou, a young Black woman has fled the cotton fields with dreams of becoming a renowned blues singer on the famous Beale Street.  She quickly falls hard for a blues man, the harmonica-playing, guitar-strumming, itinerant musician, Ace Of Spades  who comes and goes without remorse or guilt, openly admitting to having lovers in every town where he plays.  In Toulou, he finds a comfort of sorts and a bit of musical inspiration.

Wanting to know what it feels like to have a man stick around for her for once in her life, Toulou seeks the aid of her next-door neighbor, Candylady, who is adept at hoodoo (i.e. voodoo). Toulou literally wants to cast a spell on her man to bind him to her so that she can have a piece of Ace forever.   – For mature audiences only! 18 and older| 21 and older in some cases!



CAST: AUDITION INFORMATION

SETTING: A cluster of shacks along a cul-de-sac next to Beale Street. Memphis, Tennessee.

TIME: Great Depression.

CHARACTERS: 2 Female/2 Male

AUDITION DATE: August 6, 2015 @ 7PM, the Historic Douglass Theatre – Macon, GA

***THIS IS A COLD READING AUDITION: You will perform lines/scenes from a script that we provide. You will be given 5 minutes to look over the lines/scenes before being called to the stage. After your audition, please wait in the lobby. You may be requested for a Call Back after your audition. 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL) 

1. Wednesdays: 6:15PM – 9:00PM

2. Thursdays: 6:15PM – 9:00PM

3. Saturdays: 12:00PM- 5:00PM

For mature audiences only! 18 and older| 21 and older in some cases!

AUDITION REGISTRATION (CLICK HERE)



 

Towering the Arts’ Press Release

Contact:                                                                          PRESS RELEASE

PLEAS: 339-70P-LEAS                                                   IMMEDIATE RELEASE     July 1, 2015
The Douglass Theatre: 478.742.2000
Thelron Pleas’
Towering The Arts Initiative
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Artistic Director: Thelron Pleas
Executive Director: The Douglass Theatre of Macon, GA
Initiative Date: July 1, 2015 – July 1, 2016
 
Thelron Pleas, Artistic Director, Towering The Arts Initiative, is partnering with the Douglas Theatre to expand and reinvigorate the theatre arts culture in Middle Georgia. Towering the Arts Initiative creates diverse theatre programming that represents the Middle Georgia community holistically.  Towering the Arts Initiative seeks to produce such programming that all people in Middle Georgia will be able to enjoy good theatre, and introduce many different theatrical aesthetics.
Towering The Arts Initiative provides an opportunity to create a safe haven for artists in the Middle Georgia area to be able to express their art and help create art.  Training will be provided for local artists in theatre to sharpen their skills as a theatre professional, and allow the Douglass Theatre to be the premier theatre hub for new work that is being produced in Middle Georgia.
Towering the Arts Season of Shows Start off  July 1, 2015 – July 1, 2016 with three shows that are diverse in content and casting to achieve a large demographic of attendees.  Auditions for the first production, Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall will be Thursday August 6, 2015 at 7PM at the Douglass Theatre. For audition registration, visit www.ThelronPleas.com or call 339-70P-LEAS


Season of Shows:
      1.  Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall  – (October 2 – 4, 2015)  – A tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets. Toulou escapes from the Mississippi cotton fields in the 1930s to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. When she meets a rambling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, her dreams are realized in a way she could never have imagined. Written in vivid language that captures the blues, Hoodoo Love is a major debut.
 
     2.  Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling – (March 11 – 13, 2016) – The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in  Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
3.  Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage  – (June 3 – 5, 2016) Angel Allen is a down-and-out back-up singer and the recent ex-girlfriend of an Italian-American gangster. She has lost her job at the Cotton Club and is drowning her bad luck in booze. Once again, she must depend upon her roommate, Guy Jacobs, for support. Guy is a brilliant, flamboyant, homosexual costume designer (also fired from the Cotton Club) who dreams of sailing off to Paris to design clothes for the internationally renown black, singer/actress, Josephine Baker. Across the hall lives Delia Patterson, a dedicated young social worker, who is being courted by Sam Thomas, a mature general practitioner, who embraces Harlem’s night life in order to forget his unending work days and the grinding poverty of his patients.

Both are supportive of the new birth control movement started by Margaret Sanger and are instrumental in advocating a clinic for Harlem. Into the mix comes Leland Cunningham, a naïve young man who has just moved to notorious Harlem from a small town in Alabama following the death of his wife and unborn child. He is a hard-working, Godfearing Christian who is appalled at the libertarian life-styles he finds in Harlem, that is, until he meets and is smitten with Angel. Filled with humor, love, hope, fear and survival, the play deals with personal and social issues. Though the play takes place in 1930s Harlem, there is a sense of the 1990s in the conflicts taking place. Cleage’s five characters include winners, losers and users who all have their dreams in the difficult time called The Great Depression.



 Biography:  Thelron Pleas
Thelron Pleas, CEO of Pleas Studios, offers services in: Computer Repair/Information Technology, Business/Educational Consulting, Video/Audio Production, and Entertainment through the Theatre Arts. Thelron Pleas Studios operates in the Macon/Middle Georgia area, with operations in Atlanta, as well.
In 2011, when Thelron was a high school senior, he was notified that he was one of 1,000 students in the nation to be named a Gates Millennium Scholar from more than 23,000 applicants. In the acceptance letter, Vice President of the United Negro College Fund Larry Griffith wrote, “We commend you on your strong leadership, community service, and academic achievements that contributed to your selection.” Given this prestigious award Thelron will be able to matriculate to any college or university of his choice in the country for free until he completes his PhD. Thelron Pleas, CEO of Pleas Studios, is a graduate of the Morehouse College. In 2015, Mr. Pleas received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama, with an emphasis in Production Management. Mr. Pleas is currently as graduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing his Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration and Policy.
As an IT expert, Thelron has led this company for eight years in providing Information Technology solutions for businesses, individuals, and organizations throughout the State of Georgia. Thelron started to fix computers when he was 13 and, as a junior in high school, he started working for the Bibb County School District’s Technology Department repairing computer systems, organizing networks, and implementing systems to better the technology experience for the students, staff, and parents of Bibb County.  It was through this opportunity that gave Thelron credibility in the area of Technology.
 In the Theatre Industry, Thelron has written, directed, and produced seven plays in Macon and Atlanta. His play titles include: Don’t Look Back and Stay, You Betta Keep It Mov’n, Are You Your Brother’s Keeper, Thru It All; I Am Convinced, When It’s Time, It’s Just Time, Break Out: The Emotional Scars That No One Sees, and Unanswered Questions. At 15, Pleas started writing, directing, and producing his plays performing the first two at his church and subsequently at a local theatre in Macon. Thelron continued to write and staged his next four plays at the historic Douglass Theatre in Macon. His sixth and seventh productions were taken to the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta after debuting in Macon.
PLEAS is committed and devoted to improving education in Middle Georgia. In so doing, the company currently has a major consulting contract with the Bibb County School District and is committed to improving education by working to assist high school students to become motivated and move toward their future goals by connecting them with the information and education needed to be successful, focusing and targeting three main areas of professional development: leadership, community service, and academic excellence.
 Furthermore, the Towering Your Success Conference, Towering the Arts Summer Camp, and a service initiative called, “Towering Service Saturdays” have been developed to further connect with the community. This is just the beginning of greater things to come.
Stay tuned…