On a Positive Note
Derrell Owens is on a mission. The award-winning playwright/director/actor is creating positive images of African Americans, particularly African-American men, with his writing and theatrical productions. These positive images include African-American characters that are professionals, educators, business owners, inventors and strong spiritual leaders.
As director of The Alpha & Omega Drama Ministry, Owens is committed to breaking the negative stereotypes that are often depicted of African Americans on television, in movies and theatre. "It's important for young African -American males to consistently see African-American men as positive role models and productive citizens who contribute to the growth of our communities. God has given me the gift to write. I want to use my gift wisely."
and The Alpha & Omega
Owens is currently working on his latest play, "Out of the Darkness", a dramatic gospel play that will be produced by The Alpha & Omega Drama Ministry in 2003. Actors interested in auditioning may contact him via his website: www.derrellowens.homestead.com
or visit the drama ministry's website at: www.alphaandomegaministry.homestead.com
Other work by Derrell Owens
THE FAMILY MANTLE - The story of three brothers that return to the family estate after their parents are killed in a plane crash. Dinny, Jerome Jr., and Quentin live in different states and have not seen each in quite sometime. Old jealousies and unresolved conflicts arise quickly and the brothers are forced to deal with their issues.
This play won first place in the Eighteenth Annual Playwriting Competition, sponsored by ABC2 and Arena Players, Inc. It aired on ABC on February 26, 2000.
TRYIN' TIMES - A gospel drama. Homicide Detective, Frank Moseby is frustrated with his job and the rising crime in the inner city. He's a good man, but he feels he's fighting a loosing battle. He tries desperately to hold on to his faith in God and belief that prayer changes things. He is tested further when his own son becomes involded in criminal activity.
This production was performed by The Alpha & Omega Drama Ministry at Woodlawn Sr. High School in October, 1998.
A CALL TO FREEDOM - Joh is 18 years old. He is a slave living on a plantation with his mother, Cora. Joh and his friend, Titus, have planned to escape to the north. His mother discovers his plans and tries to persuade him to remain on the plantation.
THE BIRDZ AND THE BEEZ - A Romantic Comedy. Curtis and Natalie have been planning a romantic evening alone for months, but "things" keep getting in the way.
Now on the evening of their five year wedding anniversary, they have their romantic evening planned. However, just as they get their evening started, it is interrupted by
the arrival of their best friends, Audrey and Omar, who are having a serious argument.
AIN'T TOO LATE TO PRAIS'EM - A Gospel Comedy. Six residents of Sunny Pines Retirment Community learn an important lesson about life and growing old.