A "Gospel Drama Stageplay" by Roosevelt Jackson
From the writer & producer of "A FATHER'S SEED" and several others hit stageplays, playwright Roosevelt returns to The Historic Howard Theatre with a story about Fathers fighting to preserve the lives of their children and their dignity as a positive & unshakable relevance in today's society.
My life has had its shares of highs and lows; from homelessness to homeowner. My passion for creative writing was awakened when my brother, I and a group of friends attended the movie, She’s Gotta Have It. At that time, this movie was filmed and directed by an up and coming producer named Spike Lee. Little did I know how much my life would change after viewing that movie.
It had always been a goal, no a necessity of mine to attend a historically black college. When I applied and received acceptance to Bowie State University, I felt overjoyed that I was going to be able to call it home for the next several years. I decided to major in Computer Science, while still working full time at night. I struggled to stay afloat but was determined not give up my education. After taking a video production course, I switched my major to Communications, then started writing short stories. As my appetite for creativity began to grow, I started producing local events at my college. These events ranged from gatherings, to parties to full house step shows. I even tried my hand at a few hair shows and succeeded tremendously.
I passionately continued writing. My short stories had now developed into a variety of scripts and plays. I even caught the attention of a local producer. After meeting this producer, spending time with him and even following some of his advice, I felt as though I had a true mentor that would help me fulfill my dream into developing one of my scripts into a movie. I soon found out how cutthroat and unapologetic the industry could be. The producer, whom I trusted enough to show my creative works to soon informed me he had a new production, of his own, in the works. I would soon find out the ugly truth in the worst way possible. The producer had plagiarized my script and storyline of my play. I also realized that I would not be able to obtain any writing credits for my stolen idea or any experience of making a movie. To make matters worse, the producer did not even have the courtesy to change any of the character’s names and made only slight changes in the plot and claimed the entire idea as his own. Without money to hire a lawyer to sue, there really wasn’t anything else I could do. Even though I felt defeated my first time out, I sill continued to pursue my dream.
With GOD in my life, I am ready to move forward and complete what I started many years ago, being a positive inspiration that brings awareness to issues of today along with being a positive entertainer.