‘Broke Guys’ star and creator debuts play in his hometown of Macon

lshirley@macon.comApril 11, 2014 

Macon native J. Shawn Durham, left, will star in the one-man show “Four Broke Guys” on Friday at the Douglass Theatre.

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When “Four Broke Guys” opens Friday at the Douglass Theatre, it will be the making its stage debut.

Macon native J. Shawn Durham wrote the book “The Broke Brothers’ Revolution,” on which the show is loosely based, about four 30-something men and their rebellion against patronizing women. He also serves as the producer and star of the one-man show.

“It emphasizes how money has dirtied relationships and broken the souls of some men. One of the characters, Carlos, launches protests against buying women drinks, and they start picketing ladies’ nights,” said Durham, adding that short three-minute films will be shown about each character between acts.

The Douglass shows will be taped, and Durham hopes to take the show on the road to historically black theaters around the country in the fall.

“It’s an emotional roller coaster, but it’s relatable and funny,” Durham said.

“There are not too many times you see men project their thoughts and feelings.”

“Four Broke Guys”

When: 8 p.m. April 11

Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 day of show

Information: 478-742-2000

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