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Friday, August 22, 2014

"Only Just A Minute" in Atlanta through September 7! #OnlyJustAMinuteATL

Only Just a Minute production happening now in Atlanta through September 7! Only Just a Minute is inspired by the life and times of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays - long-time president of Morehouse College and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tom Jones


Tom Jones has directed, written, and performed in more than 200 plays worldwide. In 1978, Tom founded Jomandi Productions, where, as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Director, Tom led Jomandi to become the third largest African-American theatre company in the United States. His work as writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally. His work has received 48 Washington DC Helen Hayes Award nominations winning 15 awards, including Best Director for Samm Art Williams' Home and his own Bessie's Blues. He has also received 3 New York Audelco Award nominations, the Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, NAACP Phoenix Award, among others. In 2000, Tom and his co-founders left Jomandi to create the entertainment company VIA International Artists, Inc. and subsequently a musical theatre company VIA Theatrical. His most recent works include Three Sistahs, Point of Revue, Two Queens One Castle, Bricktop, Heart 'n' Soul, Love Johnny, A Cool Drink A Water, Holler and Sheddin'. Tom's new musical Cool Papa's Party completed a workshop in New York with Wayne Brady. He is currently working on several exciting projects for 2014.

Bob Dockery, Jr.


When Bob Dockery was a child, his parents would tell him that, "there is no such thing as can't in the Dockery family." Armed with that indomitable will to succeed, Bob has forged a string of amazing accomplishments into a legacy that inspires and illuminates the human possibilities. In 1980 Bob formed S I Communications, a television and radio production company. Most of the over 200 radio and television programs that he produced were about African American lifestyle and culture, including several about Benjamin Mays and Martin Luther King, Jr. Still, Bob had to satisfy his lifelong itch to produce stage plays.
Dockery graduated from Morehouse College in 1966, one year before Benjamin Mays retired as President. Inspired by the many speeches and teachings of Dr. Mays, Dockery decided to create a play about the relationship between Mays and Martin Luther King, Jr., who had attended Morehouse under Mays, from 1945 to 1949. The play, although in some parts fictional, was based on actual events in Dr. Mays' life, obtained from various research sources, including Dr. Mays' speeches, writings, and books.

Aaron Henne


Aaron Henne is artistic director of theatre dybbuk and an award winning theatre maker whose pieces include Cave...A Dance for Lilith (theatre dybbuk and L.A. Contemporary Dance Company), Sliding Into Hades (LA Weekly Awards for Playwriting and Production of the Year, Odyssey Theatre) and Mesmeric Revelation (SFBATCC Award for Original Script, Central Works, Berkeley, CA). Aaron serves as as a mentor at Otis College of Art and Design and Co-Literary Manager for The Theatre @ Boston Court. His playwriting process text, You Already Know, was published by Writ Large Press and he has taught writing workshops throughout the country and at such organizations as LucasFilm and Pixar.

Levy Lee Simon


Multiple award winning playwright and actor, Levy Lee Simon is originally from Harlem USA, and a graduate of the prestigious University of Iowa Playwright’s Workshop. He is the author of twenty plus plays which have received productions in the US and Caribbean. He is best known for his For the Love of Freedom trilogy, produced the Robey Theatre Company, The Bow Wow Club produced by John Marshall Jones at Stella Adler Theatre in LA and the National Black Theatre Festival, and The Guest at Central Park West, winner of NYC’s acclaimed Audelco Theatre Award, for "Best Dramatic Production" and "Best Playwright." Levy Lee’s next major work will be the Magnificent Dunbar Hotel, scheduled to open in November, at the Robey Theatre Company, LATC. Other noted plays by Simon include: God the Crackhouse and the Devil, Same Train, Pitbulls and Daffodils, Smell the Power and The Last Revolutionary. He was a recent Guest Artist at the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

Only Just a Minute opened in Atlanta on August 20, 2014 and will have a four day run at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College located at 900 West End Avenue, Atlanta, GA.

Performances run through August 23 , 8 p.m. nightly and a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. The production then moves to the Southwest Arts Center at 915 New Hope Road in Atlanta, where it runs from August 27 through September 7, with performances Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

The play is produced by Morehouse graduate Bob Dockery, ’66, who graduated the year before Mays retired as Morehouse president. Beautifully written by Aaron Henne including text and characters by Levy Lee Simon and directed by Atlanta’s own Tom Jones.

Tickets are available for purchase online at, or by phone at 626-8MYSEAT (626-869-7328). Student, Group and Senior rates are available.

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