Local writer’s play debuts at Troy University

Published 8:22 pm Thursday, April 24, 2014

Troy resident Montrelle Coleman’s playwriting debut is slated for this Saturday at Troy University’s Claudia Crosby Theater.
“The Hidden Truth” tells the tale of a woman has kept secrets from her friends and family. None of them are aware that she had a child at age 16. When she learns she has cancer, the woman chooses to keep that a secret, too.
“It’s about overcoming adversities,” said Coleman. “When people die you, hear all kinds of stories about them. This is about finding out the truth before it’s too late.”
Although the play deals with serious subject matter like cancer, HIV and high school dropouts, Coleman said there is a lot of humor. He compared his work to a Tyler Perry play.
“There’s a lot of twists and turns,” he said.
Coleman majored in elementary education while at Troy University. He transferred to Alabama State where he is double-majoring in elementary education and theater arts.
He said he was glad to return to Troy to make his debut. All but two members of the cast are Troy University students.
Coleman said the cast of 11 brought his words to life and the finished product will be something people of all ages will enjoy.
“It’s hilarious,” he said. “It’s drama and its very tragic so you’ll be laughing and crying.”
Doors open for “The Hidden Truth” at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $15.

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