Kenneth Spresley On His Role In The Anticipated Stage Play 'Soul Purpose'
Soul Purpose is set to be a hit on the stage in Dallas, Texas, from April 27 to April 29 at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc.
SOUL PURPOSE tells a story of five strong and powerful African-American women from different walks of life that, through an unexpected sisterhood, they develop an unbreakable spiritual bond. Their heartfelt journeys and purpose, while all different, find that they are traveling in the same direction. They all discover that it’s not their struggles that define them, but how they overcome.
The play is presented by Williamson Media group, and written and directed by Chericia Curtis.
Today’s Purpose Man sat down with a few of the male cast members to get insight on their experience of being a part of the play.
Q: What does SOUL PURPOSE mean to you and what was it that made you want to audition to be a part of the SOUL PURPOSE stage play?
Kenneth: Soul Purpose is the calling that each of us was uniquely designed to carry out in this life. It’s the foundational question that we ask ourselves when we are attempting to understand our value during life’s challenges. And to be quite frank, we all have a “Soul Purpose” that will be made complete in God’s glory.
I wanted to audition because I was really drawn and intrigued by the character “Landon.” He stood out the most to me because we have many similar characteristics and his story and source of strength parallel with my own.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your character.
Kenneth: Landon is a “step out on faith” type of entrepreneur who was brought up by a strong God-fearing woman in his life that taught him how to be a cultivator. Much of his personality shows his attention to detail and the genuine respect he has for others. However, he has some challenges. One of his greatest challenges is winning the heart of a particular woman that he has found interest in.
Q: What’s rehearsal like for you?
Kenneth: Oh wow! Rehearsal is like a family ministry to me, and I am blessed to have my son, Christian, who plays “Cameron” be a part of it too. As a father, it brings me great joy when I can show him how you can praise God and be unashamed and unapologetic when you do it.
But rehearsal is more than just going over lines in a play. It is ministering to people going through challenges, praying for people and with people, and worshipping God in the midst of it all! I love every single member, who are a part of the body of Soul Purpose, like TRUE brothers and sisters in Christ! Every rehearsal, we open up in prayer, and we close in prayer. We’ve broken bread together and usually, our stage manager, Brandi, has to force us to go home at the end of rehearsal. (laughs)
We’re so involved with one another’s accomplishments and struggles. It has really been a blessing to meet each person who is a part of this production and to work with them day in and day out. I foresee strong, long-lasting relationships even after the stage play.
Q: Is there anything about your character you personally can relate to?
Kenneth: There is so much I can relate to with Landon. For starters, I stepped out on faith three years ago, leaving a company I had progressed in rather quickly, to operate and run my own media production company, Element 6 Media Services. Although Landon and I took on different industries, like Landon, two years ago, I began working in various media-related projects for my church and have directly contributed to its organic social media growth.
Also, strong God-fearing women raised me and had a direct influence on my life. My grandmother, being one of them, had a green thumb! I would watch her plant and nurture her garden, feed her chickens, and care for her plants throughout her home. She taught me so much, and I miss her strength and encouragement!
Q: What message are you hoping your character will send to the audience?
Kenneth: The messages I hope people receive after watching this play are… “you have a soul purpose,” “there are good men out there in the world with a heart to serve and honor God,” and “you do not have to be ashamed to give God the praise nor be afraid to seek Him!” Also, to the single women out there… stay encouraged. You could be a scene away in your life from meeting your “Boaz!”
Don’t miss the opportunity to be in the audience.
SOUL PURPOSE will be performing at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. at 1309 Canton St, Dallas Texas from April 27 to April 29 at 7 PM daily.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster- www.ticketmaster.com