- One ticket to Living Without Love presented by R&J Productions
- When: Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Harold Washington Cultural Center
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $40 for reserved general-admission seating (up to $75 value)
- $59 for reserved VIP seating with food from Uncle Remus (up to $110 value)
Living Without Love
Back by popular demand, Richard Gallion’s gospel play Living Without Love returns to inspire audiences with its message of love, hope, and faith. Based upon Gallion’s estranged relationship with his own drug-addled father, the script follows TJ, a downtrodden man who’s lost his ability to forgive in the face of great struggle. With life testing him, TJ must decide whether to muster the strength to overcome, or to blame the very God who could save him. But with the help of his religious grandmother, TJ’s soul might be redeemed.
The story comes to life under the direction of Gallion, who also serves as writer and lead actor. Best known for his roles in GMC’s televised gospel plays, he’s joined by a talent-rich cast of locals that includes singing sensation and psalmist Kymm Lewis.
A Conversation with Joe, CEO of R&J Productions
What inspired you to start R&J Productions? R&J Productions was inspired by two individuals that simply 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 we decided to come together and move forward in theater production.
What does being a black business owner mean to you? It means we have an opportunity to speak to our community in a special way. It means that we have the freedom to allow the content of our plays to portray the gritty, not-so-nice side of things, that many people in our community are accustomed to seeing in day-to-day life. It gets to a point—especially here in Chicago—that violence, misfortune and injustice are accepted as a way of life. We hope that through our productions, people are able to see themselves, and see themselves in a new light.
What makes you and your production company experts in the source material? We draw from real life in order to come up with the storylines of our productions. We’ve seen many friends and members of our families deal with similar struggles.
The one thing that all of their situations have had in common, is that they got through it with faith and perseverance. We hope that after seeing our productions, people have renewed hope and determination, and get a few laughs as well.
What keeps audiences coming back to your shows? People love how “real” our productions feel to them, be it a situation they’ve seen people go through before, or the way our actors portray their characters. Some of the themes can really hit home.
Where do you hope to see your business and community in the next five years? We hope within the next five years, we will be a mainstay in the theater market.