ABOUT THE PLAY
Set in sunny Los Angeles, CA, in the backyard oasis of a home that is owned by Wise and Truth, is a place where no holds are barred and things are called as they are seen. Workout sessions, chess and dice games all happen in this outdoor man cave. Wise and Truth are the elder statesmen of the bunch who have been best friends since children.
They met Pierre, Sunny, Eric, Hosea, Will and Chris while volunteering at a community center when they were young adolescents. The bonds that they built have lasted longer than anyone could expect and now they are all permanent fixtures in each other’s lives. They are not related by blood, but they are very much a close knit family unit.
There are times when brutal honesty, and what seems like betrayal, can tamper with years of bonding. We see raw emotion during hard times which shows how comfortable these men are with one another.
The Other Side of the Story is a rich, colorful piece of work that deals with brotherhood, friendship, love, betrayal, tragedy, and a host of other emotions that men deal with in their lives.
Meet THE guys
WISE AND TRUTH.
Best friends from Bonita, Louisiana who moved to California after serving time in Vietnam. They went into the service on the buddy system. These men are different in delivery, but like true best friends, they can finish each other’s sentences. They are a dynamic duo who can function alone but are beyond great together.
Witty, comical, and intelligent all describe Chris. He is somebody you always want around. Amid his endless supply of gifts and talents, he is content going from hustle to hustle or coming up with the most outlandish business ideas.
Society would often have you believe that most guys, or every guy, is looking for the next notch on his belt. That is not the case for Will. He is a guy desperate to have a storybook ending. He is a hopeless romantic to the core and he wears his heart on his sleeve.
This charismatic lady magnet is smooth, self-absorbed and is totally okay with it. Women are sex toys and he has no regrets about how he treats them. He has a constant influx of lady friends and the game never gets old. One issue from his past dictates his present and his future.
Some people weather storms that other people couldn’t imagine being in for one moment. Such is the life of Sunny, a convicted felon and separated dad who is trying to make an honest living and build a relationship with his son. Although he is always in a tough situation, he keeps moving along.
Married father of four and on his second marriage. He has children by three different women and cheats on his current wife. Some men are able to get things under control and some forever struggle.
The man most women dream of having. He is educated, loving, and a great husband. He is committed to his family and cherishes every moment with them.
MEET THE CAST
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Playwright, Writer, Producer - PIERRE
Jonathan Sherman is a modern day renaissance man. An actor, musician, and writer from Los Angeles, California, he obtained his Associates of Arts in Performing Arts from Santa Monica College in 2010. In that same year, he was a 2010-2011 Irene Ryan Nominee for his performance in August Wilsons’s King Hedley II.
At a young age, Jonathan had an immense passion for performing and writing. As a child, he won countless oratorical contests and learned he was able to write creatively from listening to music. He attributes his love of writing stories to his early school days where once a week the class was assigned to write stories using the week's spelling words. The student with the best story received a voucher to purchase pizza. Jonathan ate several pies that year.
Prior to writing his first stage play, The Other Side of the Story, Jonathan garnered attention as an actor, poet, and spoken word artist. Performing in The Tempest, Fences, and You Can't Take It With You, it was during this time he was introduced to the great August Wilson and instantly fell in love with the legendary playwright's work. After completing Wilson’s cycle of plays he was inspired to begin writing, with a purpose to inspire, educate, and entertain. He wanted to write something that would not only be genuine to audience members and readers, but also wanted to create a play that performers would pour their all into because of the sincerity of the characters.
The Other Side of the Story is a rich, colorful piece of work that deals with brotherhood, friendship, love, betrayal, tragedy, and a host of other emotions that we deal with in our lives. It is sure to make you laugh, think, and cry. It is about time that the side of the story that never gets heard has its chance to speak.
Actor, Writer, Director Marlon Russ is a native to Washington, DC and a 2002 alumnus of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Mr. Russ has studied at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C. He is currently attending Theatre of Arts College for the Contemporary Actor in Hollywood. Marlon has performed for Cicely Tyson, Stevie Wonder, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Sinbad, David E. Talbert, and many others. Marlon Russ has worked with Malcolm Jamal Warner, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Raheem Devaughn, starring in the BET blockbusters Multitude of Mercies 2005 and Odicie 2007, TVOne For My Man 2016. Marlon Russ toured with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 2010 – 2012 139th Edition Zing! Zang! Zoom! and 141st Edition Fully Charged. Chocolate Covered Ants Restoration Stage 2014, Broke-ology Theatre Alliance 2013, Romeo and Juliet The Fatal Tour 2014, Set It Off the Musical 2015 – 2016. Mommy Loves Me (Short Film) Director Set It Off the Musical 2015 Assistant Director, Romeo and Juliet The Fatal Tour 2014 Assistant Director.
Ebony "EJ" Calvin was born and raised in New York. She began her career in the entertainment world as an event planner in 2004. Maximizing her background in marketing and management, she applied the skills she had acquired over time to successfully execute special events and live concert performances featuring top artists. Ultimately, EJ’s innate talent for coordinating large scale events aided her in successfully producing productions of A Raisin the Sun, Fences, The Color Purple, and Dreamgirls. Ebony has over ten years of experience in business — one can confidently state there is no job too big for this tiny woman.
The key to EJ's success is her passion for creating memorable moments and her ability to focus on providing guests with unique experiences at every point within the production. Those qualities allow her to grant clients the best service possible, resulting in the transformation of their ideas into “red carpet” productions. EJ aspires to coordinate a major televised event in the future.
Producer - HOSEA
Glenndon Chatman is an actor, writer, and musician from Inglewood,California. Entertaining family, friends, and whomever was in his presence with a gleeful personality and infectious smile was the foundation in his pursuit of a career in acting. It did not take long for him to attract the attention of talent scouts and agents. At the of age 6, he made his debut in a Crest commercial opposite Ren Brown and directed by Bill Duke.
Since then he has appeared in over 50 film, television, and theater productions. Recent and/or favorite credits include: The Luck of the Irish, Love and Basketball, and 36 Hour Layover. Glenndon has twenty years of experience in acting and has worked with several award winning actors, producers, and directors. Ultimately, his passion is to "manufacture genuine projects and stories with characters that are a vivid reflection of ourselves past, present, and future."
We thought you might have questions so we rubbed a Magic 8 Ball and wanted to answer some of those burning questions you may have.
When will The Other Side of The Story begin performances?
The Other Side of The Story had a successful run in the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA in October of 2017, and is back by popular demand this April 12-14, 2018.
What is the play about?
Set in sunny Los Angeles, CA, in the backyard oasis of a home that is owned by Wise and Truth, is a place where no holds are barred and things are called as they are seen. Workout sessions, chess and dice games all happen in this outdoor man cave. Wise and Truth are the elder statesmen of the bunch who have been best friends since children. They met Pierre, Sunny, Eric, Hosea, Will and Chris while volunteering at a community center when they were young adolescents. The bonds that they built have lasted longer than anyone could expect and now they are all permanent fixtures in each other’s lives. They are not related by blood, but they are very much a close knit family unit. There are times when brutal honesty, and what ones sees as betrayal, could tamper with years of bonding. We see raw emotion during hard times which shows how comfortable these men are with one another.
Is there a minimum age requirement to see the show?
The Other Side of The Story has strong language and mature topics that may be inappropriate for young children. Generally, persons at least 13+ years (with adult supervision) or older will enjoy the play.
I'm an actor. Can I send you my headshot and resume?
No. We are not seeking unsolicited actor sumbissions or materials at this time.
Who is behind the production?
We're glad you asked! Please visit our CREATIVE TEAM section of the site above for information on our talented cast and all-star creative team.
When will tickets for Other Side of The Story be available?
Turnaround three times and clap twice-kidding! The Other Side of The Story is currently selling limited tickets for the second showing in April. Click on the "Get Tickets" banner to get yours now! To get updates and news on future performances and news, join our newsletter and like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the show.