URBAN PLAYWRIGHTS UNITED
JULY PLAYWRIGHT OF THE MONTH
EVELYN "Booney" JONES-REED
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
UPU Member since 2012
If you don't know anything about Evelyn "Booney" Jones-Reed, know that she is COMMITTED to spreading the good news through the arts! Her mission is to effectively communicate Gods word inside and outside of the sanctuary. To produce outstanding productions that bring the Word of God to life in a way the audience can understand and relate.
Born in the town of Flagstaff, AZ, Evelyn discovered her gifts and talents at an early age. Born the tenth child to her late parents Anthony and Delia Mae Jones; this wife, mother of two and grandmother of three would spend hours on the back porch preaching, singing, acting and directing to the audience of her two dogs (King and Samson).
This blessing didn't come without an obstacle, having been brutally raped at the age of five and left to die alone in a ditch, this tragedy traumatized Evelyn and she was left with a serious stuttering impairment. Having grown up in Northern Arizona in an all-white school, she refused to speak for a year after this tragedy because the children would tease her because of her stuttering.
The school board elected to place her in "Special ED" because she refused to speak but thank God for a “ram in the bush.” There was a young teacher who challenged the school board’s decision and offered to tutor her after school. This teacher would make her “act out” and “write” what she wanted to say, which then lead her to have more confidence and she slowly begin speaking again. “The Devil tried his best to silence me and an early age, from this tragedy I learned to “act, write and use this gift for God’s glory alone.” “What the Devil meant for evil God turned it around for my good!” Now, in most of her productions, there is a character that stutters as a testimony to what God has done for her.
From the mid-nineties until now, Booney has written over 40 original pieces of work including: I Came By Your House, A Dead Church, Angels, Beware of Creeps, Hallelujah He Reigns, Go Get Your Life Back, Children of Yesterday & Today, My Name Is Legion, The Ten Commandments, God's Final Judgment, Dysfunctional Family, What In Hell Do You Want?, When Hell Is A Place Called Home, Seven Women, One Man, The Seven Last Words of Christ, Creeps and Silly Women, Who In Hell Let Da Devil In Church, The Gift and many more!
Booney is a member of the Great Commission Baptist Church. She serves in Adult Choir "VOP", A Signer on the Sign Language Ministry "Deaf Action Ministry", Creative Writer and Director for the Drama Ministry under the leadership of Dr. Douglas E. Brown, Pastor.
"This world is filled with so many uncertainties, but one thing I know without a doubt is that I am loved by my children, my grand-children, my adopted father and my amazing supportive husband. From them I draw my expiration and strength."
I praise God for my salvation. I am blessed beyond measure and grateful for where this journey has taken me and excited to see what He has ahead for me. God is so awesome!!
EVELYN JONES-REED WILL RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY BIO SERVICE FROM SO IT IS WRITTEN EDITING SERVICE TENITA JOHNSON.
"Seven Last Words Of Christ"
"The Gift" audience
"What in the Hell Do You Want"
E.Reed, Darrin Henson, Ann Nesby