(Philadelphia, PA) This week actor, director, producer and writer Rick Watson will become the first African-American to have his stage play production performed at the city's prestigious Kimmel Center. Watson's latest production, his ninth entitled "My Husband John," is the autobiographical story of Elnor Whitehead, wife of the legendary singer/songwriter John Whitehead, who was brutally and fatally gunned down in 2004. Watson wrote the play and will also star as Whitehead, opposite actress Sunn Byrd who will play Elnor.
Watson says he chose to write a play based on the life of John Whitehead because he wanted to expose stories about some of the Philadelphia "greats." He also states that he chose to tell it from Mrs. Whitehead's point of view because he wanted "the relevancy of who (John Whitehead) was outside of the limelight."
Whitehead and his writing partner, the late Gene McFadden, are probably best known for their top-selling hit "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." McFadden & Whitehead, the moniker by which they were known, were the creators of a string of hits for Philadelphia International Records, most notably The O'Jays 1972 hit "Back Stabbers." Whitehead was most recently the subject of a TV One "Celebrity Crime Files" episode, which highlighted his unsolved murder.
"My Husband John" is scheduled for a performance at the Kimmel Center on Saturday night, and will be hosted and narrated by local WDAS radio personalities Patti Jackson and Doug Henderson respectively. Ticket information and pricing can be obtained by clicking here.