By Sadie James
Local Pastor Martha Austin of Still Waters International Ministries and Destiny Productions is the writer, producer and director of the riveting new stage play “No Daddy”. Hupy & Abraham, S.C. is the presenting sponsor.
“No Daddy” is about the life of Tina, a young girl growing up in a home without a father. Life isn’t always easy for her and it’s something she can’t understand. She often blames the absence of her father whenever she encounters harsh situations. Tina’s classmate Romelle has issues with an alcoholic mother and no father in his household which causes him to viciously act out against the troubled Tina. Will Tina be a victim and allow the absence of her father to have a stronghold on her for the rest of her life or will she be able to break the grip and become successful? This play will keep you on the edge of your seat as you watch Tina’s life unfold from “Victim to Victory”.
The play was inspired by the book “No Daddy?!” written and self-published by Shontina Gladney. The performances of actors Jodine Basterash, Antonia Ford, Robin Adkins, Chasity Washington, Keziah Robinson, El–Amin Abdullah and slew of other phenomenal cast members will move your heart and perhaps provide some clarity for those who have found themselves in similar situations. Take a long hard look at “No Daddy”. It will cause you to take a long hard look at yourself.
As you can see, Pastor Austin is more than a Pastor to her congregation. She is a Pastor to the people, the broken hearted, the wounded, the ill and the lost. She founded Still Waters Baptist Church in August of 2000. As she grew in Christ, her mind was opened to reaching more souls outside of her denomination causing her to change the name of the church to Still Waters International Ministries (S.W.I.M). In 2010 she founded Destiny Productions, a theatrical Christian based production company derived from S.W.I.M. She has produced plays such as “The Gift” and of course, her newest creation “No Daddy”
“No Daddy” has performances scheduled in three major cities, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago. Catch a Milwaukee performance June 3rd 4th or 5th at the Performing Arts Center, Vogel Hall, 123 East State Street in downtown Milwaukee.