“A Break at Midnight” is being produced by True Life Ministries, a church with two locations — one in East Point and one in Canton.
“Our mission is to explore the many aspects of theater art through plays, interpretations, improvisation and skits,” said Elder Edna Randall, Drama Ministry president of True Life Ministries. “Through entertainment, we provide the theatrical creativity that every audience can relate to and enjoy.”
“A Break at Midnight” is an original stage play about family violence, written by the church Pastor Gregory Hughes. The play explores various types of abuse by chronicling a family’s struggle with hidden secrets and indiscretions that manifest in the form of violence.
Randall said the play offers the opportunity to present an “unpopular” message using an accepted method.
“As a diverse drama team we challenge you to open your minds, to explore options, to learn, grow, laugh, share emotion and ideas, and show compassion” she said. “Our performances capture the eyes, minds, hearts, and spirits of all who partake in the experience of education and entertainment through the art of drama and theater. This production brings a message of hope, liberty, forgiveness and redemption.”
The cast consists of 11 members. The play is told in four scenes and lasts about an hour and a half.
It has been performed at Mercer University, and Morris Brown College, and the company has traveled to South Carolina, as well as to churches and venues in the metro Atlanta area.
“We have had several people who have discussed their own issues of family violence. The audience reacts well, and we have had some panels with judges, officials, and investigators with sexual offender units to talk about the issue and how to get help,” Randall SAID. “It is something a lot of people are experiencing and once we open the door they come for help.
At the Canton Theatre performance, counselors will be there to help afterwards and there will be representatives from the Department of Human Resources Family in Violence unit, the Cherokee Family Violence Center and from the NAACP Atlanta Project Rescue.
“Literally we did it because one of the members of our church lost her life to domestic violence, and we want to get the message out that domestic violence is a serious issue,” Hughes said.
Hughes was licensed in the ministry in 1992 and ordained in 1995. Hughes started the True Life Church of God Christian Center, presently known as True Life Ministries Incorporated, in June 1995. A host of other churches have branched out as a result of the ministry under the leadership of Hughes
The North Georgia location in Canton is at 1226 Reinhardt Parkway and has Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday night Bible Study at 7 p.m.
Admission to the play is free and a free will offering will be taken. The play is at 4 p.m. and a free concert will start the event at 3:30 p.m.
The theater is located at 171 E Main St. in Canton. For information, call (770) 704-0755.
For more information, about the church and ministry visit www.truelifeministriesinc.org.