The name is Bond: Local actor/playwright tapes show for DVD release 

Nashville playwright/actor Michael Bond's new play Goode Temptations, which will be shown Saturday and Sunday at Tennessee State University's Poag Theatre, takes a different look at a familiar black community institution: the church. While many productions utilize either a scriptural foundation or have thematic connections with religious institutions, Goode Temptations does something a bit bolder dramatically — taking an approach that, according to principal actor Kenneth W. Dozier, conceptually separates it from several other works with similar settings and frameworks.

“Goode Temptations’ main goal is to actually humanize the ministry," Dozier says. "There are too many people who fail to recognize that ministers and pastors are human beings who face the same issues that we do in terms of their lives, from dealing with fiscal pressures to family members in crisis and all the other things that they are simultaneously trying to help those in the church handle.

“They have been called into the ministry and it is a lifetime challenge —but just as that's the right calling for them, it doesn't mean they leave all their other problems behind. That's something I think this play and Michael Bond's writing and presentation address that many other gospel productions haven't explored."

Much of Goode Temptations’ storyline comes from events involving Bond’s own life and family. The plot features a pastor in conflict with his son, faced with complications from past experiences with other women. Though he's now running a successful megachurch that's taking in huge weekly amounts in offerings and tithes, Rev. Goode (Bond) has a complicated and sordid history, and a trusted deacon (Dozier) is threatening him with blackmail. How the minister resolves this dilemma, and what it ultimately does to everyone involved, provides the drama.

Besides Bond and Dozier, the cast includes Cheryl Byrd, Dianne Dixon, Brooke Myatt, Chandra Walton, Adam El-Amin, Gray Hemphill IV, O. Cortez Lee and Derrick Williams. Both the 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday performances are being taped for subsequent release on DVD, and are the first in an ongoing series being produced by Michael Bond Productions.

"Michael Bond Productions already has three things on the table, and eventually we plan to have six works that will be made into DVDs," Dozier says. "We feel there's definitely an audience out there that's underserved in terms of quality productions for the DVD market, and each of the plays will be taped for future DVD release in both local and national markets."

Both performances of Goode Temptations are free and open to the public.


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