A new play exploring the society's conceptions of sexuality and gender
"You must stay in the sunlight, because the darkness will kill you."
Deeply wounded from their upbringing in dysfunctional families, two young people seek to make their way in the world. Michelle and Bobby have never met, but their stories are remarkably similar. After experiencing isolation, broken promises, and pressure to conform to other people’s expectations of sexuality and gender, they each attempt to break free from society’s constraints and their own past to find true relational intimacy. Tragically, the backlash only gets worse, and nobody seems to understand. Based on true events, ‘Sunlight’ is an emotive and brutally honest account of life in the modern world.
About the Writers:
Grammy nominated, singer-songwriter, Michelle Shocked received international acclaim with her debut album, The Texas Campfire Tapes, a bootleg recorded around a festival campfire on a cassette recorder. Michelle became a Christian in the mid-1990s when she started to attend the West Angeles Church of of God in Christ. Since becoming a Christian, Michelle has received backlash from the industry and her fans for her views on marriage and sexuality. Michelle has released a number of gospel-centred albums, proclaiming God's glory, her most recent being Soul of My Soul.
Prof. Bobby Lopez
Prof. Bobby Lopez believes that literature and the creative arts are an integral component in evangelisation. He views his years in secular liberal education as the training ground which helped him to understand the importance of fighting for Christian values, in popular culture and in arts & letters. He continues to be active as a researcher and writer, with over 100 columns in American Thinker, Federalist, First Things, Daily Caller, Barbwire, Ethika Politika, and elsewhere. He held assistant and associate professorships in New Jersey, New York, and California for twelve years, then forfeited his tenure in Los Angeles to move to Texas and teach at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Prof. Lopez met his wife in 1999 and has been married to her since 2001. They have two children.
About the Actors:
Michael J. Mainwaring
Michael J. Mainwaring has extensive experience in the theatre. He has done acting, musical performance, and dance in such venues as the Olney Theater, the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, Harbour Lights Theatre, and Strathmore Hall. In 2006, he performed a duet on stage for President and Mrs. George W. Bush. He feels privileged to have worked with notable celebrities like Rita Moreno, Tom Selleck, and Boyz II Men.
Amber Flores is a professional actress in the Dallas- Fort Worth area. She has been seen onstage with Trinity Shakespeare Festival in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice, and Merry Wives of Windsor. Other shows she's done include: Godspell at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas and Lovers and Executioners (Constance) at Circle Theatre, both in Fort Worth, Texas. Amber is proud to be a graduate of TCU with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and honoured to be represented by the Mary Collins Agency. She is happily married as of September 2016.