An unforgettable production dealing with domestic violence and one woman’s struggle to overcome it will be coming to the Tift Theatre Oct. 26. Tifton’s very own A’maya Solomon, 13, the daughter of the Rev. L.C. Solomon and attorney Tabitha Solomon, will be starring in the play as the child of the mother who’s being abused by her boyfriend.
“Lord, Why Me?” is a play by Atlanta’s four-time playwright of the year, T.Y. Martin. Attendees will witness Nicki Jackson battle her way back from the depths of abuse in this gripping tale. The show will start at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and $15 for students, and at the door tickets are $25 and $20 for students. Ticket outlets include Ruth’s Cottage, Beulah Hill Baptist Church, Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Northside Baptist Church and The Ritz in Tifton; First Monumental Faith Church and Law Offices of Maurice L. King in Albany; Law Offices of Robert M. Clyatt in Valdosta; and Newton Grove Baptist Church in Moultrie.
Tabitha said the city of Tifton and Ruth’s Cottage were instrumental in getting the play here.
Solomon plays Candy Jackson, who’s also abused by her mother’s boyfriend. She says this will be her third time performing the play.
“The second shows are usually easier. You get the feeling of it,” she said.
Her first acting experience was in June when she performed in another one of Martin’s plays, “Behind Closed Doors,” which is about secrets affecting the church.
Solomon, who portrayed an evil angel, said Martin’s plays are all based off of true stories. She said he liked how she performed in “Behind Closed Doors” and wanted her to also perform in “Lord, Why Me?” She also received a good review from the stage manager. She auditioned for the role of Candy Jackson and got the part.
Playing this role, Solomon said it’s an opportunity for her to have a bigger role, and she also gets to sing, which is her first love. She is a mezzo-soprano. In the play, she prays to God about her situation and then begins to sing.
When asked how she got into acting, Solomon said she has always had an interest in acting since she was a little girl. She said she finally realized that she wanted to pursue it and told her mother, who supported her doing it. She went to two workshops and began working on the craft of acting. She said when she decided to act, it came natural. She noted she’s acted in plays for school and church and was also involved in show choir for two years.
Tabitha said Solomon did some modeling and photo shoots for commercials when she was a little girl. Solomon was with the agency, Atlanta’s Young Faces, when they lived in Macon.
She said she’s excited about performing “Lord, Why Me?” in Tifton, which has been performed many times in Atlanta. When asked how does she learn her lines, Solomon said she learns them by sections.
“You have to know the play,” she said, noting it’s good to know the lines before yours and after yours also. “It then flows naturally.”
Tabitha noted Solomon was pre-submitted for the role of two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas in the Lifetime original movie “The Gabby Douglas Story,” which is slated to air. Although, she was not selected for the role, Solomon received great feedback, Tabitha said.
“She was being seriously considered,” she said, noting the casting director for the movie was Tracy Twinkie Byrd.
Solomon said it was somewhat difficult at first balancing so much with her being not only a dedicated actress and singer, but also a dedicated student and competitive cheerleader. She’s currently a superior honor student.
“We try to find a balance,” Tabitha said. “She’s a good student, and she balances well.”
For booking information, contact Tabitha at 386-0535.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.