Kishma George and LaToye James are presenting their original play, “When You Have a Dream” this Saturday at Dover High School. George, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was educated in Delaware and opens up about the play and it’s message.
Q What is the play about?
A This play is based on the real-life stories of two women whose journeys in life connected their paths. The play shows the journey. A lot of times people give up, a lot of times people look at their situations right now and say well, I don’t have anything, my life is bad, I’m on food stamps, I’m on this, I’m that. But, basically, the play says if you have a dream and you stay focused, if you continue to pursue your dream, it will happen.
Q You are one of the writers of the play. What was your inspiration?
A My inspiration for writing the play was based on the things that I’ve been through in life. I was working in a restaurant and I had a psychology degree. And, as people came into the restaurant, they made fun of me, laughing at me, thinking that I would never amount to anything. But, I knew back then that I had a purpose and I would not always be in that situation. So, I had different visions of what I wanted to do. People need to look at someone’s life and not where they are but know that each of us is truly destined for greatness.
Q Were you nervous about sharing a play that has so many details of your private life?
A No, I wasn’t worried about it because I know that my purpose is to help someone. A lot of people never knew the things I had inside me or the creativity that I had or that I had something inside of me to help people. You know, this is actually a fundraiser for K.I.S.H. Home, Inc. But, it’s also turning into something else because through this whole process we were actually able to birth out a book called, “When You Have A Dream” which we hope will empower people of all ages and all walks of life.
Q So, what is the K.I.S.H. Home?
A It’s going to be a transitional home for young women as they transition out of foster care and begin life so they will have a safe place. We’re starting with women but eventually it will include young men, too. We want to be a resource for them and show them that they can accomplish their dreams and goals.
Q Is the play aimed at young people then?
A No, basically, the play will resonate with anyone of any age who has a dream. Everyone who has an idea that they want to bring forth. So, sometimes it might be someone who’s 12-years-old who has a vision but doesn’t know what to do. But, we want it to be an inspiration for all ages and all walks of life. The cast ranges from kids to people in their fifties so they story will make sense for everyone.
Q This will be your second year to do the play. What kind of responses did you get last year that propelled you to stage it again this year?
A It was overwhelming when we did it the first time. A lot of people came to us and told us at the end of the play that it gave them hope. I remember we did it in a skit form once and a young girl in the foster care system, she cried the whole way through. She said that no one ever told her that she could actually do something. It sounds simple but she sat there and cried when she realized there is hope. And, based on her situation, she said that she was uplifted to do something with herself and she is somebody. To me, it sounds simple, but to her, because she never heard that before, it was a big moment.