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Groupon salutes Black History Month with R&J Productions and Richard Gallion's third show—a tale of personal ambition and family duty

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Promotional value expires Mar 23, 2014. Limit 10 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Harold Washington Cultural Center. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects R & J Productions' current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher – availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One ticket to Desperate, presented by R&J Productions
  • When: Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m., or Sunday, March 23, at 5 p.m.
  • Where: Harold Washington Cultural Center
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.<p>

Ticketing Options

  • $30 for one general admission ticket (up to $50 value)
  • $50 for one VIP ticket, including seating in rows 1–15 and a post-show meet-and-greet (up to $75 value)<p>


According to writer, director, and leading man Richard Gallion, his newest play proves that “love can’t be recycled, but it can be restored.” It’s a story of the struggle between personal ambition and family obligations, and of relentless determination in the face of losing everything. Drawing on the personal experiences that led him to where he is today, Gallion brings the same depth of emotion to this new show seen in his previous directorial works, Living Without Love and Voice of a Child. Grammy-nominated gospel sensation Kim Stratton adds further resonance by soulfully belting her latest single, “Broken,” during the show.<p>

A Conversation with Joe Boateng, Executive Producer of R&J Productions

What inspired you to start R&J Productions? R&J Productions was inspired by two individuals that love the arts. We both realized there was an opportunity to incorporate ministry in theater, as well as film, and due to the gifts God has given us, R&J Productions was born.<p>

Why did you decide to work with us again? R&J Productions decided to work with Groupon again because they believed in us in the beginning and we will always be grateful to this company. The reps are wonderful and get the job done. Groupon is a wonderful tool to do marketing with and they strive to make your business a success.<p>

Why is Black History Month important to you? Black History Month is important to me because civil right leaders made a way for minorities to have a voice and a fair share in life and society.<p>

What does being a black business owner mean to you? It means we have the opportunity to speak to our communities in a special way. It means that we have the freedom to allow the content of our plays to portray the not-so-nice things that many people in our communities are accustomed to seeing, and to hopefully show the communities that this is not the way of life.<p>

What makes your production company stand out from the competition? R&J Productions stands out from the competition because our stage plays are not just musicals. They entertain the whole family and also endeavor to change the lives of others by displaying real life situations on stage and film. We have also created opportunities in the Chicago land area by giving free acting workshops, mentoring programs and offer work opportunities to the youth and adults.<p>

What keeps audiences coming back to your shows? People come back, I think, because they’ve seen themselves or others in these life situations and can relate to our stories. It’s like a therapy for them. They love how our actors portray their characters to make the situation seem real.<p>

Anything else you want to add that we didn’t cover? I would like to say I am proud of R&J Productions’ writer, director, and actor Richard Gallion. Richard has been in many films and television series, such as The Ideal Husband, Black Butterfly, Black Coffee which just left the AMC Theaters, Chicago PD which airs on Channel 5, The Good Life which recently aired on BET, and last but not least Transformers 4 which comes to the theaters this June.<p>

Where do you hope to see your business and community in the next five years? In the next five years, I hope to see our company in a mainstay in the theater market and continue to be an outlet for the youth and adults to express themselves on stage and not the streets. We want to give people a sense of hope and purpose in life.

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