Morehouse College student Thelron Pleas is no stranger to the stage.
The 2011 Central High School graduate wrote and directed his first play in 2009 and since then has continued to stage his own productions.
His seventh play, Unanswered Questions, will open Friday at the Douglass Theatre. Pleas wrote the play and also will be directing and acting in the production.
Unanswered Questions is pretty much a play about what it says: We ask many questions like God, why did this happen to me? ... or, Why was this person NOT in my life? or, Why WAS this person in my life? said Pleas, whose plays all include a Christian message. People of faith have, I believe, an obligation to search through these questions of faith.
Pleas said these kinds of questions often keep us in mental and emotional bondage and his play will present some answers.
I would say (the play will) renew their personal faith and it would start the process of moving on with their life, Pleas said. Where do I begin and who will help me start this new journey? ... that is what this play is about.
Pleas was inspired to write plays after watching a production of Tyler Perrys Madeas Class Reunion with his grandmother.
Ive always enjoyed Tyler Perrys work, he said. Especially in the black community, he was very known.
Pleas said he felt divine inspiration while watching.
I was sitting there and God spoke to me and after the play I went back into my room and I just started to write, he said. By the end of that night, I had written a 17-page script for my first play, Dont Look Back and Stay.
He took the play to his pastor at Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church in Macon and ended up performing it there.
That is really where it all started, Pleas said.
He staged another play at Lizzie Chapel but turned to the community and members of his church to raise $2,400 so he could stage his third play, Family! Gen49??? at the Douglass. Pleas said he sold 500 tickets and was able to roll that revenue into another play.
Everyone was blown away, he said. The management of the Douglass was blown away and I was blown away.
His last play was shown at both the Douglass and at Morehouse College.
Pleas, who is a Bill Gates Millenium Scholar, is studying drama at Morehouse but also has a knack for computer repair and plans to attend graduate school in computer science. He said he will continue to write plays.
When I have my mind set on something, there is pretty much nothing anyone can say to change my mind. ... I know what God has told me to do and equipped me to do, he said.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door