Houston playwright, Don Dotson, writer and producer of When Children Pray, is tackling a new subject as NMGM Productions presents Juana Hawk’s hilarious new stage play, “Dating Nightmares of a Single Woman.”
Adapted from Hawk’s book, “Dating Nightmares of a Single Woman-The Guide to Keep You from Dating and Marrying the Wrong Man,” the stage play will host its premiere performance at 6 p.m. June 24 at Majestic Christian (Arts) Center, 3512 McLean Road, Pearland, Texas 77085.
The play, patterned after Hawk’s own experience, chronicles a single woman in search of the perfect man with the help of a few friends. She finds the right man who is far from perfect and the results are hilarious.
“I was tired of being a victim in the single dating wars. I spoke to several women, and some men who faced the same challenges I did in finding Mr. or Ms. Right. My book chronicles each date. Each started out with hope and promise and ended in disaster. I started giving my dates/character names based on how they acted on the date and keeping a journal,” said Hawk of the impetus for writing the book.
Her book was transformed into a stage play when she was introduced to Dotson by a friend who knew of their mutual passion for the arts.
“I prayed to God to help me exploit this talent he gave me and I met Don. He had the vision, and expertise to make my dream come true,” said Hawk.
On the mend from surgery and just completing one of his own productions, Dotson embraced Hawk’s vision.
“She shared her novel Dating Nightmares of a Single Woman and wanted someone who had the same passion she has to bring her novel live on stage. She has such a gift for creative writing that I never seen before. I agreed to set aside my work and let her live her dream. So here we are birthing the fruits of her labor,” shared Dotson.
The play follows main character Sheila Caldwell (portrayed by Hawk) as she goes in search of the perfect mate after placing an ad in the Houston Chronicle.
Drama and comedy ensue as her eclectic circle of friends from the bookish assistant to the semi-alcoholic binge drinker to the fashion model with a taste for boas and high heel boots and the no-nonsense friend who is the only one in the group in a long-term relationship set their aim on the main target – a successful engineer who has been looking for love in all the wrong places and is taking a last shot at love by answering the ad.
But he won’t be without competition when an opportunist who fled Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and a homeless parolee in search of a job also throw their hats in the ring in response to the ad.
General admission tickets are $10 purchased in advance and $15 at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 713-805-4318.