NEWBURGH - WORTH THE WAIT will debut at the Newburgh Free Academy, located at 201 Fullerton
Avenue on Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 PM. The play boasts a star-studded
cast including Todd Bridges, (Diff'rent Strokes, Everybody Hates Chris and TruTV Presents) Katlynn Simone (“Brit Brat” of The Game, National Recording Artist) and Lillie Bryant-Howard (Dick
Clark's Swan Records recording artist “Lucky Lady Bug”, “La Dee Dah”,
"Smokey Grey Eyes", "I'll Never Be Free" and “The Gambler” and local
Community Activist/Advocate), along with the dance mastery of the Newburgh Performance Arts Center (NPA) dance ensemble “Expressions”, along with the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center (JBFPAC)’s Theatre
Ensemble, as they bring to life a gripping stage play you can’t miss!
This adaptation of Pamela R. Smiths WORTH THE WAIT depicts the adversities today’s teens face and how they respond to their daily challenges.
WORTH THE WAIT is a vital
piece, a play that pulls no punches about teen sexuality in society
today. It cries out with passion of the dangers that are associated
with risky behaviors and choices; unplanned pregnancies along with the
most deadly being the HIV- AIDS virus.
school drop-out, teen pregnancy and cases of sexually transmitted
diseases rates are at an all-time high in Dutchess and Orange County,
NY. Drug related crimes committed by youth have been reported more than
ever in recent years. Alarmingly, Poughkeepsie, NY is rated 79 of the
top 100 worst cities to live in the United States and Newburgh is listed
at number 10! Collaboratively, we can make a difference!
With this in mind, this production’s cast of WORTH THE WAIT is
answering the call to area youth dedicating months of preparation and
commitment, and gathering to invite this project to be presented to
their peer community. These youth, living through the very daily
struggles we speak about, feel that WORTH THE WAIT will give a
relevant voice to the issues; a strong voice that youth and adults alike
will have no choice but to hear and take heed.
The James Brown Family Performing Arts Center (JBFPAC), a New York based subsidiary of the James Brown Family Children Foundation (BFCF), along with the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh, the Urban United Performing Arts Think Tank (UUPATT) and PMG International Inc., take great pride in presenting WORTH THE WAIT, a drama set in the early 2000’s, but tells a story that’s just as relevant today as it was over a decade ago!