If challenges and burdens are getting you down, a new production by playwright MeLeah Robinson will revive your faith in God.
Robinson’s play, “The Baby Shower,” aims to reassure believers that Christ is on your side and will help you overcome the battles you face in life.
“My goal in writing this play is that someone will understand that no matter what you are challenged with in life, Jesus is with you and He cares for you. There is no sin that will make God love you any less,” said Robinson.
Basing “The Baby Shower” on true events, Robinson tells the story of a dysfunctional family going through trials and surprises, yet still seeks love, hope and Jesus Christ. The topics covered in the play range from abuse and race to forgiveness and accepting Christ into your heart. The cast includes veteran actors J. Blake and Michael D. Washington.
“I believe that after seeing “The Baby Shower,” people will understand that these real life situations happen to everyone and no matter who you are or what you believe, you have to never give up,” explained Robinson. “You have to believe that you can and will make it through, no matter what your situation is.”
Robinson knows a lot about persevering through challenging times. Her background includes more than 10 years of experience in the TV and film industries. As a producer, she worked on television shows such as “Divorce Court,” “Dr. Phil,” “Paternity Court” and “Bridezilla” and on networks including SYFY, BET and Nickelodeon.
In addition to writing plays, she is the mother of two teenagers and the owner of the faith-based 8:40 Production Company. She also operates three afterschool enrichment programs in Moreno Valley that educate students on dance, music, theater and visual arts.
Balancing all of these roles can be demanding, but when the pressure increases too much, Robinson takes solace in mediating, along with eating healthy and exercising every day.
“I always try to focus on the positive things going on in my life. I surround myself with positive people and I have a great support team,” she noted.
“The Baby Shower” will debut on Saturday, Oct. 27, with showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The venue is the Bonita Center for the Arts in San Dimas. The tickets, available through brownpapertickets.com, are $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP seats.
Insisting that people will be uplifted by the play, Robinson said, “I believe that there is a message for everyone. ‘The Baby Shower’ has so many different layers that nonbelievers and a believer of Christ will laugh, cry and be thankful for the family they have.
“Someone to leave the theater saying, ‘I will make it!’”