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Comedy leads audience to ‘Temptation’ for a wakeup call
Production bows Sept. 28 at Ovens Auditorium
Published Friday, August 30, 2019 10:49 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Kemisha Ebron wrote and directs “Temptation,” which runs Sept. 28 at Ovens Auditorium.

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Kemisha Ebron will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

The playwright and director of the inspirational comedy “Temptation,” which runs Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium, wants the audience to experience a wakeup call.

“We are going to entertain them, and tap into every emotion,” Ebron said.

The play covers relationships, family, forgiveness, love and accountability in a story of a husband and wife grappling with everything the title implies.

“In this play, temptation is a relationship,” Ebron said.

The story follows a young couple – David (Kevin Lattimore) and his wife Shelia (Patrice Frilot) who find themselves looking outside of their marriage for their needs to be met.

“They both reach out to the wrong source, because they don’t feel that their spouse is at a place where they need them to be at that time,” Ebron said.
Ebron described Shelia’s experience as “temptation invaded my head, and drove my heart down a deadly highway. My desires betrayed me, and temptation misled me, but my faith saved me.”

Faith plays a pivotal role in the production.

“Shelia is relying on her faith to save her relationship,” Ebron said. “She’s at a point where she is a faithful young woman, leaning on her faith completely, but her husband is unfaithful, and he says that he will never do anything to make her feel that way again. She believes him because she not only has faith in God, but faith in her relationship.”

While Shelia steps outside her hurt, she encounters Stacy, a hairstylist, and her husband’s mistress. Akya Canada brings the other woman role to life.

“Shelia is out getting her hair done, and she’s bragging about her relationship with her husband, which has turned around, and they’re madly in love again, and they’re going to renew their vows,” Ebron said. “The salon stylist she is boasting and bragging to, come to find out, she’s the one who had the affair with her husband.”

Emotionally, Shelia does not know what or who to believe.

The wakeup call serves as a double entendre for David, as well as the audience.

“The purpose of this play is to not only bring attention to the topic of temptation, but it also goes to a place of healing,” Ebron said. “They’re both hurt, but then God intercedes, and he reminds them of forgiveness of their sins. The whole storyline is, if you’ve ever indulged in temptation, if you’ve ever thought about infidelity, these are the consequences, but if you have indulged in it, there is a place called forgiveness, and when you go to that place of forgiveness, you have to lean on your faith to get you through the hurt and the pain. There is a possibility, as long as you forgive each other, there is a possibility that love can still exist, and you can bounce back from temptation.”

Tickets start at $37.


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