UPDATE | Couple raising money for cancer research with original play

Published: Jun. 22, 2018 at 11:59 AM EDT
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Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

(News 12 This Morning)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Back by popular demand, a couple's original play is helping others again.

This time the 'Dreams of Harlem' play is helping raise money for cancer research. This time it's personal.

Zirzeria "Zee Zee" Wright-Beveridge and her husband John Beveridge have many family members and friends diagnosed with different types of cancer.

The play will be held October 6th and the AU Maxwell Theater. You can purchase tickets

Friday, June 22, 2018

(News 12 This Morning)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A local couple is combining their two passions to benefit a local non-profit with an original play.

Zee Zee Wright-Beveridge loves storytelling and her husband John loves helping others. John says, "If you have that feeling in your heart that you want to give back. That feeling means more than any amount of money in the world.

He says they are the perfect team. "Meeting my wife and her being the writer that she is and that likes to tell stories and I like to go out in the community. I feel like we're the yin and the yang."

Zee Zee wrote her first play in college as a sophomore.

"I've been writing stories since I was a little girl. That was the one thing that I did. I loved writing stories," she says.

Her 'Dreams of Harlem' story was originally a screenplay for a film. She says, "Well I wanted it to get it out there. I want it to be seen. The message is just so important. So I just turned it into a play."

It's Zee Zee's third production in the last few years. There are crew and cast member from all ages taking part in this. John says the younger cast are really enjoying it. "They've put their dresses on and their getting ready 'Wow, I'm beautiful. I really am beautiful." It pulls on my heartstrings."

Zee Zee is a theater professor at a local college. She says right now is the best time to be in performing arts in the CSRA. Opportunities are out there, especially with so many companies looking for crews and extras.

'Dreams of Harlem' is also helping others. Half of the proceeds are going to the United Way of the CSRA.

The play will also be shedding light on some important life lessons.

Zee Zee says, "That is the message about helping each other and also paying it forward."

Tickets are $12 and $10 for military and seniors. 'Dreams of Harlem' will be performed Saturday, June 23 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library starting at 3pm.

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