December 2, 2017, at Divine Faith Ministries International, 9800 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro, Georgia was the host location for the powerful stage play Watch Night, which graced the stage in honor of sending a continuous knowledge and understanding to all that sat in the audience to see, become inspired by the powerful music provided and receive the inspirational message that will have you leaving with clarity and prompt you to want to learn much more.
Watch Night is a compelling story of a young slave, named Baby Doll, whose prayers for freedom are answered through the signing of the “Emancipation Proclamation” that led the slaves to gather New Year’s Eve when their freedom would be granted. Living on the plantation of Howard B Lynch, she stays in constant prayer believing that freedom will come one day. Baby Doll enters into a romantic relationship with the Master’s nephew who does not agree with the Master’s view on slavery. Despite, their romantic involvement, Master continues to impress upon them the disciplines of his grandfather, Willie Lynch. Watch Night has become a tradition for many years. Millions of people attend church on New Year’s Eve for a celebratory service known as “Watch Night” and very few of them know the true meaning of how it began. On December 31st 1862, the eve of freedom, slaves gathered to praise God and watch for freedom – day to come. Slaves rejoiced as January 1, 1863 marks the first day of freedom.
This will be a one night only production added to the list Gospel legend Fred Hammond, which had the audience on their feet while performing his greatest hits during intermission. Watch Night also featured Irma P Hall, (Soul Food), Greg Ellis and many more.
“We are excited to showcase an amazing and captivating performance about Watch Night and how it originated.” says director Greg Ellis. “This play will help educate and highlight the importance of New Year’s Eve and how it relates to slavery and freedom. It’s definitely a must see.”
About Director, Greg Ellis
Greg Ellis executive produced the Carter High movie, which starred: Vivica A. Fox, Charles Dutton, David Banner, Pooch Hall and Reginald Hayes. Greg Ellis is from Wendell, North Carolina. He is married to his high school sweetheart Tangie Ellis, they have three beautiful children. Ellis earned a scholarship from the University of North Carolina & was 1st rounds pick by the Dallas Cowboys, he earned pro-bowl & comeback player of the year honors.
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