It’s the old-fashioned tale of loving “Mr. Wrong” to no end and, unfortunately, to your detriment. The last thing Adrianne expected was to be disappointed by Derrick, again. After all, he was a changed man from the cheater he was before she went away to college.
“It’s not sugar coated, but a slice of real life that we illuminated on stage to show our choices, both good and bad, and how they affect not only ourselves but the people around us,” leading actress Markeshia Gordon says.
Markeshia Luree Gordon— a new kid on the playwright’s block— proudly presented “This Time For Real,” live to a well-blended audience of at least 50 men and women on June 16. Gordon, who also wrote and directed the play, has careful plans for the growth of this stage play and her namesake creation, MLG Productions.
“We have more to come,” the recent Florida A&M University theatre graduate told LimboLife. “We’re going to take this play to different colleges and universities. Then we’re going nationwide with more plays, not just “This Time For Real.” But we did want to start in our hometown of Tallahassee.”
The road to this showcase, hosted at The Leon-County Civic Center, was an enlightening one for Gordon who makes it clear that this production is a testimony of enduring a “toxic” relationship herself and surviving it with the support of family and friends.
“I want [the audience] to see how much grace we have on us and how much we need each other. I couldn’t have gotten over this [process by] myself,” she says.
The director’s note reads that “It’s so easy to judge from the outside. Now you have an opportunity, let’s see if you take your own advice.”
There are several things to look forward to as the small production company introduces itself through this performance. The combination of original music by Marco Waters and Sharvis Whitted, choreography, drama and reality makes for a comedic delivery with a reflective undertone.
The 12-cast play puts on an ensemble relative to young adults in more ways than one— featuring family and friendships, religious references, social awareness and karmic revenge.
Keep up with the company at www.mlgproductions.com.