Excerpt: Chapter 5

The show was cast with all local talent from the Atlanta area, so I had no idea who any of them were. As we went through the motions of meeting everyone, I slowly realized they were holding the show, waiting for me to get there. I would love to say this made me feel important but, to be honest, I started to feel kind of bad. In my mind, just based on the venue, the lack of name talent in the cast and the level of the production itself, I had all but decided this wasn’t going to work for me. Continue reading

Excerpt: Chapter 4

The formula for a gospel play:

  1. Son is a Gang-banger (Father ain’t around)
  2. Grandmamma prays for her grandson (who also sells drugs)
  3. Somebody dies
  4. Whole family prays some more
  5. Gang-banging, dope-dealing, fatherless grandson gets saved
  6. Everybody gives God the glory
  7. The end

That’s what was being offered on the gospel play circuit back then. Add in the fact that the marketing made these shows feel like you were going to a revival at your local church and I’m pretty sure single, twenty-six year old males were not a part of their core demographic. That’s what made Tyler’s stuff so appealing to me. He didn’t adhere to that tired formula and created something that felt more real.