Empower Magazine gives “My Heart and Hope” a five-star thumbs up!
Houston playwright Charmette Jones took her powerful stage play, “My Heart and Hope” to the Stafford Civic Center to share the message of the importance of forgiveness.
On its second run, the play showcased a few new faces, but the same powerful message as the cast took to the stage to raise the curtain on the devastation and heart break that ensues when a mother, wounded from past hurts and unresolved bitterness, brings the things she refuses to let go of from the past into her future.
From beginning to end, the play takes audience members on a journey that reveals a series of shocking secrets that set off a ticking time-bomb of emotions waiting to explode in the life of a family that on the surface looks like they have the total package – a solid family, home, and faith.
But the audience soon finds that everything is not as it appears when the facade that the main character, Anita, has presented to the world for years is uncovered to reveal the underlying hatred, bitterness and resentment she has for her child, Hope.
For Jones, the stage play and book, are more than entertainment, but an opportunity to use the creative power of the arts and drama as tools to heal and give hope.
“Affliction comes to makes us strong and often times that affliction is associated with pain. That pain infiltrates our hearts causing so many spiritual defects. We can’t see, we can’t hear, we become paralyzed, and we find ourselves enslaved to the very one that inflicted the pain on us. The enslavement comes when we allow unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and jealousy into our hearts,” said Jones.
The play is a cautionary tale for anyone trapped in the deadly emotions of hatred, bitterness and resentment of the danger of holding onto those feelings.
Audience members witness the fall-out that long-held secrets have on family members during the two-act stage play and are left on a cliffhanger at the play’s end regarding Hope’s fate.
As the curtain comes down on the stage play, the Houston playwright, invites the audience to travel further into the story of Hope by reading the book the play is based on, My Heart and The Holy Spirit Surrounded by Hell, which holds the answer to Hope’s final choices and fate.
Will she choose the path of forgiveness or like her mother, forfeit everything by holding onto unforgiveness and choosing instead to nurture and be destroyed by her pain?
A host of community organizations attended the powerful stage play including, GYRLS (Giving Young Renewed Ladies Strength), founded by Jelela Nicole, Carter’s Kids Residential Treatment Center, founded by former professional athlete, Tim Carter; Devine Creations Debutante Cotillions, founded by Verna Caddie, and DOVE (Daughters of Virtue and Excellence) ministries, founded by Cynthia Patterson.