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Playwright Garrett Davis Uses Theater To Bring Awareness To Minority Health Issues

Garrett Davis

New Orleans, LA – North Carolina native and playwright Garrett Davis has a mission to educate and advocate with laughter is making an impact with audiences across the nation with his touring Performing Arts series. Illness does not discriminate – not void of race, age or gender; so consequently, families and communities are afflicted by various health issues sharing similar experiences, questioning yet learning to cope and comfort.

Garrett Davis
Scene from “Forget Me Not”

What is it about these productions that audiences and companies find so compelling? Touring urban theatre stage plays estimates a minimum 4 million theatre-goers over the past 33 years with dysfunctional yet humorous relationship-themed productions by Shelley Garrett, David E. Talbert, Je’caryous Johnson, and one of the most successful playwrights Tyler Perry.

Over 20 years ago, when Davis momentarily followed this path of salacious content with a twist of humor from a matriarch that spews wisdom with a touch of sass underpinned by inspirational music, he realized the opportunity to make a greater impact with his audience that would distinguish his production from everybody else.

For Davis, it became crystal clear, that is, entertain w

hile simultaneously raising the awareness of caregiving and diabetes. It is with this desire that the platform of “taking care of

the caregiver” was birth with “Mama’s Girls”that celebrates its 6th year of touring when five ordinary sisters come together to face the reality of their mother’s declining health.

His production company, GDavis Productions, partnered with AARP to launch the “Prepare to Care” project – a national outreach effort that raises the awareness of caregiving as well as the American Diabetes Association.

Garrett Davis
Scene from “A Woman’s Gotta Do”

Another production, “Forget Me Not,” is more personal for Davis as it was written to provide closure for his real-life inability to cope with and care for his Grandma Goodness stricken with Alzheimer’s. His outreach, advocacy and awareness for Alzheimer’s led to successful partnerships with the US Against Alzheimer’s Network, Emory Hospital’s Brain Center and AstraZeneca that allows him to reach more people and make a difference in people’s lives. His partnership with Emory Hospital’s Brain Center successfully registered over 100 participants for clinical trials.

As Davis states, “I would hate for there to be a cure but it didn’t apply to us for lack of knowledge.” In addition, as U.S. Ambassador for the National Alzheimer’s Association, Davis learned more about the disease, and the regulatory laws as well as the platform to educate and further share the importance of the caregiver.

He founded The African American Network Against Alzheimer’s with Honorary Co-Chairs former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Rev. Al Sharpton, The Honorable Kay Coles James and Melody Barnes, formerly of the Obama Administration.

His latest production, “Daddy’s Boys: Broken Promises,” tackles the missing link in the family dynamic of a father’s presence versus an absent provider. Whose suffering is greater the son or the father? Can they put aside differences and start anew before an illness consumes their lives? Does dad deserve a second chance?

Garrett Davis’ reality infotainment is where people share a connection or identify with the emotions of a character. Garrett Davis is impacting the way we learn, feel, think and live our best lives!

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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