“We are really excited about the opportunity to continue with the second installment of this play in Brooklyn,” said Khristi Adams, founder, writer and creative director of DLG Productions. “These are real community stories that deserve to be told in hopes of educating our youth and our families about how violence affects us all. Our goal is prevention. By sharing these stories – which sometimes largely go unknown – through the words and actions of youth actors in this community, we’re working to bring about change for a better tomorrow.”
The play follows the inaugural Newark, New Jersey DLG production in DATE that illustrated the brutal attack of four college-bound teenagers who were shot to death on a school playground in 2007. Their deaths were widely covered by the media and prompted the local government in Newark to action.
“Yesterday I Died” will be performed on September 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm and September 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Stuyvesant Heights at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church located at 230 Decatur Street in Brooklyn. Admission is free and the play is open to the general public. Members of the media are also welcomed to attend.
About Daddy’s Little Girls Productions
Daddy’s Little Girls Productions is a nonprofit organization that creates projects that educate and empower respective communities in distinct modes of expression. DLG began in 2005 and has produced three major productions and currently in the process of creating others. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. You can also visit the company on Facebook page under the name “Yesterday I Died.”
Khristi L. Adams serves as an Associate Minister and Director of Youth Ministries at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ under the mentorship of Rev. DeForest B. Soaries Jr. She is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Advertising and a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, where she obtained a Master’s of Divinity degree with a concentration on ethics and social justice. At Princeton, Khristi focused her studies on the works of Martin Luther King Jr., Paul Tillich and Thomas Merton. She is the founder and director of DLG Productions, a non-profit theater production organization. She is the writer, director and producer of the stage plays, “Once Upon a Dream” and “The Herstory Exhibitions which both premiered at Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. She recently wrote and directed “Yesterday I Died” a play that chronicles the lives of young people killed in New Jersey over the past decade and the reactions to their murders. Khristi is the former Vice President of the Association of Black Seminarians, the former director of Wisdom Speaks Mentorship Program, and former young women’s coordinator of Ujima Urban Women’s Center in Trenton, NJ.
Michael Pinnix has been an advocate for youth for over ten years as the former Youth Director at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ. Michael is currently teaching television production at Franklin High School. A professional director and videographer by trade, Michael has more than 24 years of experience in the television industry. He has earned himself two Emmy nominations for his artistic ability behind the camera. Recently, Michael brought his directors talent to the stage two years ago, directing the choreopoem production of T.E.A.R.S. (Teen Embracing a Renewed Spirit). “Yesterday I Died” gives Michael another opportunity to work with young people by giving them the freedom to express themselves on the issue of violence. He dedicated this production to all the teens he has ever mentored and counseled over the years.