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A Tale of Love, Lies, Revenge and Healing!
Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) -- All are invited to come and enjoy Jamaica in Chicago on January 22, 2011 with author/playwright Shywanee L. Manson in her newest stage play production, "My Sista', I'm Sorry!!!". Showtime: 7:00 P.M. at IIT Herman Hall, 3241 S. Federal, Chicago, IL. - Tickets: $20.00 (www.shyfoxbooks.com). Attendees will be amazed with the lesson behind the drama, when what happens in Jamaica doesn't stay in Jamaica.

"My Sista', I'm Sorry!!!" is a story of a doctor, Parris Bates, M.D. (Jamelia Amor), who decides that she needs an escape from the everyday life of all work and no play. Dr. Bates is newly divorced, not by choice, and decides that after she has cried enough tears concerning her ex-husband's abandonment, she will pick herself up by taking a trip to Negril, Jamaica with her closest friends, where she would escape into a world of freedom and fantasies. Will she find love on the beautiful island? Or will she let loose and live a little for those few days at the sunny resort?

Dr. Kevin Goodman (Eric Lane - R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet, the hit movie, One Week, and Soul Food, the series) is not only a co-worker of Dr. Bates', but also a dear friend. Dr. Goodman, however, does not want to fall into the "friend" category. Being the listening ear during Dr. Bates' divorce drama, he realizes that Dr. Bates is missing one thing in her life - A GOOD MAN. Will he finally reveal his true feelings for Dr. Bates? Or will he let nature take its course and wait patiently for the love of his life?

Dexter Show (Keith King), a tall, dark and handsome gentleman, has always been the lady's man; however, from time to time, Mr. Show likes to step out of bounds to fulfill his other hidden secrets. Guilt eats at him as he continues to live on the dark side, thanks to his partner in crime, Nathan, who has the power to pull the plug and end his world at any given time. Will Dexter's skeletons be revealed? Will he finally step up to Nathan to end the shenanigans?

Nathan Lowell (Eugene Parker) is on the rampage to destroy as many lives as possible (including Dexter Show's) and any woman who connects with either one of them. However, his appearance, charm and good looks would have you to assume the opposite. What is this animosity that Nathan has against women? Against Dexter? Against life? Will he learn to forgive and move on, or will he continue to be the virile villain and stay on the path to premeditated destruction?

Dr. Bates and her hilarious childhood friends, Rudy Eisenhower (Corey Bailey) and Ciara Johnson (Toya Turner) arrive in Jamaica and immediately fall in love with the Jamaican resort. In awe of her surroundings, Dr. Bates also notices all of the handsome men on the island, including Dexter and Nathan, and realizes that she will have a good time after all. Returning home, she is very much satisfied with her carefree vacation because what happens in Jamaica stays in Jamaica, right? Wrong!!!!!!

This play also stars Mel Roberson, one of Chicago's leading poets as "The Conscious".

Following the production, the HIV/AIDS theatrical outreach awareness partners Joseph F. West, an award-winning epidemiologist, teacher and author, who will lead a round table discussion along with Christian Community Health Clinic, who will also provide free and confidential HIV Testing/Education. A portion of proceeds from this production will be donated to a HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Resource Organization.

"Fear is a terrible thief. It robs, maims, and strips the spirit. Fear can hold you in a grip so tight that the need to breathe takes precedent over the desire to move," says West, who is also the author of "Trod the Stony Road: A Young Man's Journey from the Mississippi to the Charles".

HIV/AIDS education, via theatrical performance, can be effective when targeted at specific groups who are particularly at risk of HIV infection. Today, heteros*xual African Americans and the Hispanic/Latino populations are identified as groups particularly vulnerable to HIV infection in America. AIDS affects many parts of society, and so everyone needs to be aware of HIV and AIDS, including our youth and our senior citizens. However, it is important to note that HIV and AIDS focus does not always lead to groups who are considered not at risk. A rise in HIV infection rates amongst groups who are often neglected by HIV and AIDS education, for example senior citizens. Furthermore, AIDS affects many parts of society, and so everyone needs to be aware of HIV and AIDS. Providing the general population with basic AIDS education contributes to the spread of accurate information; promoting awareness and tackling discrimination. It is also important that people who are already infected with HIV receive HIV and AIDS education. This can help people to live positively without passing on the virus to anyone else; to prevent them becoming infected with a different strain of the virus, and to ensure a good quality of life by informing them about medication and the support that is available to them.

"My Sista', I'm Sorry!!!" is a fresh and different take on health education that is the perfect combination of drama and comedy. For more details, visit www.shyfoxbooks.com

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Shywanee L. Manson, please refer to contact her at (708) 770-7936 or shyfox74@aol.com

Posted By: anita moore
Monday, January 3rd 2011 at 4:07PM
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