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Making waves

January 9, 2014 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
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Making waves

With “The Waters Family Saga: Troubled Waters,” Las Vegas playwright Frances Hall makes a splash with faith-based themes.

BY KIMBERLY BAILEY-TUREAUD

Julian Crider (a 2008 graduate of Las Vegas Academy) and Lee Slade (a 2006 LVA graduate) confer with "Troubled Waters" director Antonio Fargas.

A longtime Clark County School District educator, Frances Hall serves today as principal of Burk High School in Las Vegas. She also happens to be a rising star on the gospel theater scene: as a playwright, the one-time English teacher earned national grand prize honors this year from the Nashville, Tenn.-based National Black Gospel Play Association — thanks to her two-part play “The Waters Family Saga: Troubled Waters/Still Waters.”

With a special one-night-only performance directed by famed actor Antonio Fargas (best known for the role of Huggy Bear on “Starsky & Hutch”), the first part of the play will be performed Jan. 26 at the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, beginning at 5 p.m. Starring local acting notables Marlon Rice (DJ Thump) from KCEP 88.1 FM and Bully Buster founder Keith Bowen, it centers on the dynamics in a Christian family grappling with dysfunction but determined to trust in God to pull them through life’s challenges.

“We have a great cast and I am so proud of everyone,” Hall says. “Love and the ties that bind are at the very core of the family’s triumph over troubles [in the play]. Their solution is based in prayer and faith in God.”

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