Chicago Heights, IL – Painters have colors, musicians have sounds, and writers have words that can create marvelous colors. Words can also create sounds that sooth the soul, and there is no limit to what can be done by the magic of words: images, suspense, characters, conflicts, ideas, and plots.
Author and playwright La Dawn Howard decided to explore the elements, methods, and skills of creative writing by retelling a tale that has been told by many before her, but she takes a different angle. Howard has always wanted to realize her dream of being a writer and that dream is now this stage play, a Daddy’s girl.
Howard is the mother of two beautiful daughters and, like her, they grew up not knowing the loving arms and the warm embrace of their father, their very own birth dad, who would have loved them, embraced them, and assured them that all was right with the world. So that reality, coupled with the loss of her good-paying job, left Howard in a dark place within her own life. Rather than continue to sulk, she decided to throw caution to the wind and to act on her deep yearning to put her thoughts into words, actions, movies, a book, and yes—why not?—this stage play.
The connotation of “a daddy’s girl” is that warm fuzzy feeling, that sense of security, imagining that day when your dad whispers to you at your wedding, “Save the last dance for me,” or better yet, envisioning your dad walking you down the aisle on your wedding day to hand you off to some lucky gentleman. That feeling of—regardless of what happens—my “dad” will see me through it. “A daddy’s girl” is something every little girl would love to be, or would she? Some questions demand answers: Are they, and if so, at what price?
Howard invites you to join the journey of six young ladies, ranging in ages from 23 to 29, as they unravel the reality (for some) of being a daddy’s girl. These young ladies have each experienced some form of emotional trauma that has regrettably fractured and ultimately stunted their emotional growth and threatens their search for any true happiness in their adult world(s). As a result, the play takes the audience on a journey with these young ladies as they join a women’s counseling group in a desperate attempt to find and repair the crack within their emotional foundations. It will be interesting to see how the play unfolds as each of these women embarks upon a journey of facing her demons, mending a broken heart, as well as understanding that the crack in her foundation may have contributed to her lack of self-esteem and failure to recognize her own self-worth.
This dramatic stage production will offer laughter and drama and, most of all, show the world how to find peace out of pain. Poet Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The most wonderful place in the world is to be in someone’s thoughts, someone’s prayers, and someone’s heart.
Being “a daddy’s girl” is a bit of a cliché, but for some, the term is one of endearment, associated with images of a secure, tight bond with the very first male love of a young girl’s life. For others, the mentioning of “dad” conjures the memories of security, both financial and emotional. However, for some there is a darker place….
See this fantastic stage play in Chicago Heights, IL, at Prairie State College, a Black Wings production. Some of Chicagolands best talent will unravel the reality of what it means to be a Daddy’s girl; the good, the bad, the unknown. Coming to Prairie State College, Saturday, March 21, 2015, a conversation starter about your then, now, and how it all ties together.