The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival


The Lawrence Theatre Company

proudly presents



The funeral takes a realistic look at what happens when a family member passes away.  These topics affect many families, but are not talked about.  With the loss of a loved one comes the struggle of planning a funeral while filled with a host of emotions. Jasper Norman Williams Sr. is gone and now the secrets, lies and conflicts seem to be replacing him. The lies create questions, anger, hurt and shame for some of the members of the Williams family. Will they be able to recover as a family and as individuals? Will the deception break up the family permanently and leave them with scars too deep to come back from?  The funeral will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions.


This production will feature a dynamic cast: Faye Wooten, Damien Wallace, Betty Thompson, Rodd Deon, Karen Waller- Martin, Erica Foreman, Alisha Dominique, Vivian Barnes Perry, Lateek Harrison, Colby Jakk, Alicia Jeremiah, Temeka Walden, Jonathan "Slap Roc" Suber, Allen”The Leather King” Stratton and Derrell Lawrence. Directed by Laquanda McCoullum. The cast is sure to have the audience experience various emotions as they perform this riveting stage play.



Introducing Derrell Lawrence:


Derrell Lawrence is an American actor, filmmaker, writer, director, executive producer and upcoming author. He is perhaps best known for his feature film debut, Life Isn’t Fair in 2007. He earned several awards including, “The Highest Achievement for New Filmmaker” at the Jokara-Micheaux Film Festival, as well as both “The Silver Award” and “The People’s Choice Award” from the Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market for Life Isn’t Fair. He is also known for his work with the independent feature film Happy Holidaze in 2008 that premiered in Philadelphia, PA and Arkansas.


More recently Derrell has begun writing plays and is working on his first book titled Burnout. He is continues to receive rave reviews for his first stage play, “Do You Trust Your Best Friend?," touring nationally. He is currently receiving rave reviews for his second stage play "When Heaven Calls".  Derrell made an appearance in the motion picture, Must Be the Music written and directed by Charles S. Dutton and is co-starring in the independent film Gotta Make It Out. He has also been featured in national television commercials.


Recent projects include:

  • Writer, director, and actor in "When Heaven Calls" stage play
  • National television commercial for Colgate toothpaste
  • Writer, director, and actor in "Do You Trust Your Best Friend?" stage play
  • Supporting actor in feature film "Must Be the Music" (2013)
  • Featured actor in independent film "Gotta Make It Out" (2013)



Ticketing Information:

Date: Saturday - June 22, 2019 @ Time: 1:00PM

Date: Sunday - June 23, 2019 @ Time: 7:00PM

Location: Anacostia Playhouse - 2020 Shannon Place SE Washington, DC