Playwright, Moses Washington, overcomes childhood disability to become great athlete and now theatrical writer
BY Janey Tate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A home town legendary athlete, All-American, mentor and actor, Moses Washington, is taking the world of theater by storm with his much anticipated stage play, “The Moment of Truth,” being shown tonight, Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.
Washington, a native of Miami-Dade County and former football and track star at Miami Carol City Senior High School, is the writer and director of the play and has worked in television and theater for the past ten years. He’s fast approaching the status of the likes of David Talbert and Tyler Perry with his stirring take on poignant life issues we all face.
Washington started his own production company, MoWash Productions (MWP), which will present the stage play. His production will have the honor of being the grand opening presentation for the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.
The play will follow characters Nia and her husband Kurt as they are being faced with a major martial issue and find themselves back into a corner on what will be the right decision to make. They find themselves testing their love and faith in God.
Washington believes this is a story that many people can learn from while also being entertained.
“The Moment of Truth stage play is an observance of the vibrancy and resilience encountered within a strong relationship that will bring about suspense, anticipation, laughter, joy and relief,” he said.
“It’s really amazing how a lot of people have really started endorsing me and the play. Like Mae Smith, Commissioner Dale Holness, Jill Tracey and Big Pappa Keith,” said Washington. “It’s crazy and a blessing. I really have to show out.”
“The Moment of Truth” features a talented cast of local and national thespians who are ready to “show out.” The list of actors and actresses include Vince Bell, Jeffrey Creightney, Allayshia Keeja Banks Fordham, C. Vernon Martin, Charline Lavie Murphy, Eboni Nance, Lyneise Rachelle, Pedro Sanon, Jasmine Taylor, Catera Chef and Joseph Simpson. Rashard Dabney is the production’s stage manager and the set designer is Jervin Jay Thompson.
Although Moses Washington has worked for years in the entertainment and sports industry, he has overcome many obstacles in life to get where he is today.
Washington, a high school then college star athlete at the University of Oklahoma, was diagnosed with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) as a young child.
“That could have deterred and effected my determination in life, but I didn’t let it,” said Washington.
With all the odds against him, Washington has put to silence the stereotypes associated with children diagnosed with SLD through his impeccable work ethic.
Washington’s athletic abilities have also played a major role in helping him excel in the areas of education. Being a star football player and track and field star while in high school, Washington was offered and accepted a full scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where he obtained a Bachelors degree in African American Studies and a Master degree in Human Relations, all while establishing MoWash Productions.
“MoWash Productions strives to promote an awareness of the multifaceted problems that plague our communities– day in and day out– through the art of dramatic presentation,” Washington said.
The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center located at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33313. Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP. For more information visit www.mowashproduction.com or call 786-519-0843