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author / playwright Diane Martin brings to the stage, ‘Somebody Else’s Baby’

the cast of 'Somebody Else's Baby'
the cast of 'Somebody Else's Baby'photo collage by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

LANSING -- The violence that plagues the streets day-in-day-out cannot help but make one pause, and wonder, “what is my role in all of this?” Such as when the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:10,) The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. How deep does the search for answers go ~, “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it . . .” (1 Corinthians 12:26).

Somebody Else’s Baby” is the stage play adaptation of the Diane Martin novel by the same title. This stage production reveals the demise of humanity and indicts a community whose silence has killed more children than bullets. This story is a disturbing and emotional diary of tragedy and fear. Tijani Khalan Owens (TKO) is a young Black male trying to survive the “war” that has erupted in the streets of Chicago. He represents every child who must live every day in fear – in a community that they call home. Tijani does not want to become a statistic – another victim, but fate puts him in a situation where he learns that some choices, good and bad, will have grave consequences. In the end, whatever the choice, lives will be changed, and we will be forced to take inventory of ourselves and of a growing problem, which plagues us all.

Bridgette Shorter
Bridgette Shorter photo submitted by Diane Martin

Bridgette Shorter

"Some Body Else's Baby," cast member ~

When I was down and out of luck
When dark the path, my life had took
When I was at my lowest low
A rope, a helping hand did you throw ...

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author / playwright, Diane Martin
author / playwright, Diane Martin photo submitted by Diane Martin

author / playwright, Diane Martin

"... And pulled me up, out of the pit
And in the dark, a candle lit
And for my hunger gave me "Bread"
Then quenched a thirst inside my head ..."

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DoMonique Goens
DoMonique Goens photo submitted by Diane Martin

DoMonique Goens

"This loving servant helped me see
There's so much more to this, than me
By helping me, she showed me love
And led me to the One above ..."

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Emma Johnson
Emma Johnson photo's submitted by Diane Martin

Emma Johnson

"And now, alone, as I reflect
I find a spot of self-respect
That had been drowning in my tears
And had not shown itself in years ..."

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Felton Armand
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Felton Armand

"Let me through life, now walk, not run
Because the help of this true one
Did set me straight and on my way
And I'll remember day to day ..."

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Isela Lopez
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Isela Lopez

"Everything's easy after it's done;
Every battle's a 'cinch' that's won;
Every problem is clear that's solved--
The earth was round when it revolved!"

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Jasmine Lee
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Jasmine Lee

"But Washington stood amid grave doubt

With enemy forces camped about;
He could not know how he would fare
Till after he'd crossed the Delaware."

                                                             by Joseph Morris

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cast of the stage play
cast of the stage play photo collage by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

cast of the stage play

Chorus: Dream maker you don't have to be a dream taker
what do you think is standing in your way of greatness
Dream maker now it's time to take your place
I'm no longer asleep my heart is finally awake
So say goodbye, good day, farewell, because it's going to be okay
Dream taker won't you leave me alone

Jason Tolliver
Jason Tolliver photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Jason Tolliver

"Though the river was full of ice
He did not think about it twice,
But started across in the dead of night,
The enemy waiting to open the fight."

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Jay Thurman
Jay Thurman photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Jay Thurman

Likely feeling pretty blue,
Being human, same as you,
But he was brave amid despair,
And Washington crossed the Delaware!

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can't wait til you’re gone haven't dreamt in so long
can't wait til you’re gone haven't dreamt in so long
can't wait til you’re gone haven't dreamt in so long

Oooohhhh child things are going to get easier
Oooohhhh child your tomorrows promises to be brighter
Oooohhhh child how can I make your burden any lighter

Jeanette Nicholson
Jeanette Nicholson photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Jeanette Nicholson

So when you're with trouble beset,
And your spirits are soaking wet,
When all the sky with clouds is black,
Don't lie down upon your back

 

Attorney Jeffery Leving
Attorney Jeffery Leving photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Attorney Jeffery Leving

"And look at them. Just do the thing;
Though you are choked, still try to sing.
If times are dark, believe them fair,
And you will cross the Delaware!"

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Jessica Dondle
Jessica Dondle photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Jessica Dondle

"Oooohhhh child things are going to get easier

Oooohhhh child your tomorrows promises to be brighter
Oooohhhh child how can I make your burden any lighter
Oooohhhh child I used to go out of my mind tryna make sense out of all of this crime?

 

"Somebody Else's Baby," cast
"Somebody Else's Baby," cast photo collage by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

"Somebody Else's Baby," cast

Can't wait til you're gone haven't dreamt in so long
Ooohhhhhhhhhh child from ashes to ashes and dust to us!
Ooohhhh child I’m not gonna run from ya, imma walk from ya, I’m not afraid of ya, I’ve escaped from the blue, long before there was a ya
I’m not gonna run from ya, imma walk toward ya, I’m not afraid of ya, I’ve escaped from the blues that ya view (yeahhh) so long before you came through

Lorita Peterson
Lorita Peterson photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Lorita Peterson

it seems like as we have lost our dignity as a race
and the rest of this world has forgot about you and me
We both seem so lost in the discussion
Mommies crying ~ babies dying ~ politicians lying
What has gone so very wrong from the cradle to the bottle to the battles in the street

Steven Davis
Steven Davis photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Steven Davis

Bang bang boy I know that you did not mean to shoot me
I had to take this on, because you have me stuck in the middle of nowhere
You am I ~ and I am you ~ together there is nothing that we can’t do

Wanda Vasquez
Wanda Vasquez photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Wanda Vasquez

Chorus: don’t be a dream taker I won't leave you alone
you have been standing in your own way for far too long
Dream maker now take your place and dare to dream
I'm no longer asleep my vision is finally awake
So goodbye, good day, farewell, it's okay
Dream taker I won't you leave me alone

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Whitney Pipes
Whitney Pipes photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Whitney Pipes

Can't wait til you’re gone some of us haven't dreamt in so long
You are born to be a success
with many dreams
only now it seems you were not aware

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Dr. Martin Williams
Dr. Martin Williams photo's submitted by author, Diane Martin

Dr. Martin Williams

that your destiny is more than just being a nightmare
But that little light of yours is there to tell you to open your eyes because there's much more than darkness out there for you to see
I'm not gonna run from ya, Imma walk toward ya, I don’t want to be afraid of ya, I've escaped from ya
And my faith is in place for ya
please become more than just some little thief In the night someone that I no longer can see your face!

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photo collage of the cast
photo collage of the cast photo collage by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

photo collage of the cast

Chorus: Dream taker won't you leave us alone
been standing in our way for far too long
Dream maker now it's time to take your place
I'm no longer asleep my heart is finally awake
So goodbye, good day, farewell, it's okay
Dream taker why won't you leave us alone

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