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Luke Ellington wants 'Bad Influence' in schools

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BAD INFLUENCE' SHOULD BE SHOWN IN SCHOOLS TO AVOID TEEN PREGNANCY - ELLINGTON   Playwright Luke Ellington is lobbying hard to get his latest play, 'Bad Influence', to be shown in inner city schools so that at-risk youth can make better choices and avoid the pitfalls of teenage pregnancy.   
"I believe that teens who are going to school need to see this play, parents and teachers need to see this play to understand how peer pressure and influence can wreck a child's future, just a wrong choice at the wrong time, and a child's life is changed forever. I want to get this play to be seen in schools to help at-risk kids make better choices," Ellington said.
Ellington added that there are nuggets of morality which will unfold in the play's plot which are critical life lessons for teens whose hormones are in overdrive. 
The play premieres at the Crown Playhouse on February 10th on Ash Wednesday.

The play, “Bad Influence” is set in an inner city community in Sighta's yard where he lives with his son Makka, his tenants Rose, Buster and their daughter Petal.  The cultural and psychological dynamics of 'tenement yard life' are at play as a central theme of the play is that 'Sighta' once had a thing with Rose, and evidently wants to get back with her.
Busta, one of the tenants, suspects that his daughter, Petal is romantically involved with Makka, but he is trying to protect his daughter who he wants to complete school and pursue law. Busta, however, is a bit of hypocrite because he is not above flirting with Spice, his daughter's saucy high school friend. Spice is a bit of 'bad influence' and teaches Petal the fundamentals of the sexual act. Eventually, Petal experiments with sex and becomes pregnant, shattering her parents' dream. 
There are two shows set for February 14th, Valentine's Day at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m at the Crown Playhouse. 
Members of the cast include Andrew Kelly who alternates with the playwright Luke Ellington as 'Sighta' , the excellent Joshua Tomlin as 'Busta' , Georgette Wright as 'Rose', Christopher Ricketts as 'Makka', Yandi Myers who alternates with Sheyana McKay as 'Petal' and Melissa Mitchell/Natasha Williams as 'Spice'.
One of the standouts in the cast is Joshua Tomlin, who made his name playing roles in Ralph Holness production, like “Obeah Wedding”, “Maama Man”, and “Under Mi Nose Part II”. 
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