Towering the Arts’ Season Announcement
Contact: PRESS RELEASEPLEAS: 339-70P-LEAS IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2015The Douglass Theatre: 478.742.2000Thelron Pleas’Towering The Arts InitiativeArtistic Director: Thelron PleasExecutive Partner: The Douglass Theatre of Macon, GAInitiative Date: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Thelron Pleas, Artistic Director, Towering The Arts Initiative, is partnering with the Douglass 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 PleasThelron 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…