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Brandi Burks spreads the Gospel using her dramatic theater productions.
“Drawing upon the stories of Moses, Ruth, and St. Peter, I believe God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things,” said Burks. “Their narratives and those of my family, friends and classmates led me to believe I could achieve great things to the glory of God and assist others to do the same.”
Burks is set to open her seventh original theater production, a musical stage play entitled, ‘Under the Freeway,’ on Saturday, March 2 at the City of Refuge in Gardena, Ca.
“My previous plays ranged from single motherhood, family dynamics, church secrets, incarceration, etc. ‘Under the Freeway’ is based on homeless people and shows the consequences of life’s decisions,” said Burks, who has staged previous productions at the Wilshire Ebell.
“I’m grateful that God gifted me to speak about homelessness and hope people come out to see this play. Some people fall short due to drugs, alcohol, and mental disorders, but everyone doesn’t have to stay in this situation. Some people get it together. There’s also talent under the freeway.
“I hope this play will lead people to take a second look at the homeless. We can all say where we’ve been, but we never know where we’ll end up.”
Burks’ enjoyed English and Drama in school, but it wasn’t until she landed in a self-described ‘dead-end job’ that Burks began creating her first piece, ‘This is Not My Destiny.’
“While still writing that play, I decided I wanted to produce it so I knew I had to make more money. I was blessed to seek out and secure a new job and I’ve been writing, directing and producing since then.”
To those seeking to write and produce plays, Burks advised, “In this field, you need to listen more than you speak, go to a lot of productions and witness what people are doing. Don’t base success on ticket sales.
“You have to write quality work so the message will edify all in attendance. This approach ensures your reputation and that your work resonates among theater-goers and industry professionals in a positive manner.
“You also have to rehearse, do advertising and marketing to have a successful production. On weekends, I operate my funnel cake and tropical juice business to recycle my own dollars to produce future productions.”
In all her endeavors, Burks is guided by Galatians 6:7. “You reap what you sow, so I only want to do good and do right by people. Treat your fellow man like you want to be treated. Be kind to people; a smile can change someone’s day.”