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April 18, 2014

Valdosta playwright becomes author

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta playwright has turned her play into a new book.

In 2010, Maudarica Lewis of Valdosta presented her play, “Take Up Your Bed and Walk,” featuring area residents playing her characters.

The story’s synopsis: “Some are battling to stay in church, while some have left the church. The church itself is full of spirits. From the pulpit to the greeters at the front door, they all are tainting the congregation. But God is reminded of Pastor Down’s grandmother’s prayer and sends an angel to intervene. Will they listen or continue to do their own thing?”

Sometimes people in the church are pretending to be Christians, Lewis said in the past. They behave one way at church but live a different way outside of the church. The show contains lessons to be learned as well as humor.

In writing “Take Up Your Bed and Walk,” Lewis drew upon her experiences and observations. God, she says, did the rest. With the book of the same name, she has a book launch and signing planned this weekend, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Holiday Inn, 1805 W. Hill Ave.

The event will also feature a reading, scene enactments. Poetic Magic and Eric Sharper and the Dream band will perform. Lewis requests all attending to wear white.

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