That Church Life, the Stage Play

That Church Life by Teresa B. Howell is a 3 book series detailing the relationship between a PK (preacher's kid) and the shoes of her father she's groomed to step into as the next leader of Mt. Zion Holiness Church. Teresa transitioned from author to playwright, scripting this faith drama into a stage play. Having already reviewed the first installment of That Church Life, which you can read here, I was excited hear there was going to be a play! I traveled to Durham, NC to see the remarkable sold out theatrical event as lead character Missy, her love, her daddy, her friends, & her new boo came to life.

The Church Crew: Natalia Freemon, Missy Jones, and Michelle Hanks

Avid readers and book lovers will tell you, "the book is always better." Better than the movie, better than the play. For many of us, that has been the case with everything from August Wilson's Fences, which is a book, a play and a movie, to The Color Purple by Alice Walker, also a book, movie and play, to the book on every woman's shelf -Terry McMillian's Waiting to Exhale, a blockbuster hit.

The book is always better. As is the case with That Church Life the Stage Play. Plays and movies are limited on time, weakening the ability for the characters and the plot to develop. I had to read a book and a half before I learned who actually shot Missy's abusive, cheating dirt bag of a boyfriend Tommy. Yet in the play, the true killer was revealed before the intermission. The hurt and healing from the secret Pastor Jones had been keeping from Missy all of her life, happened all too quickly in comparison to the book. By the end of the play, all is forgiven and it's happily ever after as Jamaican rude boy Beanie proposes after meeting Missy on a girls vacation with Natalia and Michelle.

Cast L to R: Natalia Freemon played by Vontora, Missy Jones played by Jasmyne D. Williams, Beanie Anderson played by Brandonn Aventura Odom, Michelle Hanks played by Witney Harney, center: writer/producer Teresa B. Howell