Writer, Director, Producer
forever in our hearts!
ABOUT THE WRITER
This is a project the Lord gave Janet E. some time ago. Being disobedient, she came up with 99 1/2 reasons why she could not move forward with this project. Some included: no self esteem, low self esteem, fear of failure, fear of success, no one is going to pay to see this play, so forth and so on.
WALK IN THESE SHOES
On August 2, 2010, Nya Lamarre, Janet's 11 year old Granddaughter woke up with a terrible headache. She was rushed to Children's Memorial Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumor. The Lord called Nya home on May 1, 2014, which ironically was the first day of Brain Cancer Awareness Month.
There's a part in the play for a young girl. Nya wanted to play the part and kept asking her Grandmother, when was she going to produce the play. Needless to say, once Nya was diagnosed, the world stopped for the entire family.
November 7, 2015 was Nya's 17th birthday. The play was staged in her memory at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, which included a VIP Reception. The Lord laid it on Janet's heart to bless other families, who also care for children with brain cancer. Her family knows first- hand, the challenges these families will face.
Janet E. is a member of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Stephen J. Thurston. Throughout this journey, New Covenant embraced her family with love and support. This was the family's opportunity to pay it forward.
Janet wants the audience, particularly women, to leave more determined than ever to uplift, inspire and encourage others. It has been said, "we're either in a storm, about to go into a storm or just coming out of a storm". Therefore, we all need encouragement.
The message to women: whatever you're going through, by the grace of God, women always land on their feet.
The play was warmly received by the audience. The response was overwhelming. The question of the night was, “When will it be staged again”? Numerous congratulatory calls, texts, emails and social media posts asked the same question.
While Janet's plan was to stage the play one time, it's obvious the Lord has other plans. Going forward,she plans to be obedient as the Lord orders her steps. She remains grateful to all who have supported the play and helped to make it a success.