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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            JELUPA Productions, Inc.



Phone: 413-504-2990








Public Reading


    Springfield, MA – JELUPA Productions will perform a Public Reading of the new exciting play THE FORGOTTEN SPIRIT by L’Kuicha Parks. The Reading will be held 6:00 PM, July 27, 2017 in the lounge at the UMass Center At Springfield, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor. There will be a reception at 6:00PM and the reading will start promptly at 6:30PM.


The play is an adaptation of the book The Forgotten Spirit (A CHRISTMAS TALE) by Novelist Evie Rhodes and is historically considered to be the first African-American Christmas story in the Country based on the Gospels of Jesus Christ. Editor Marjorie J. Hurst of The Point Of View Newspaper reported, “In this well-written and timeless Christmas tale that is, in my opinion, destined to become as popular as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…Evie Rhodes weaves a story of the true spirit of Christmas.”  It will be the first of its kind to grace the theater stage. It is a beloved story that can be continuously produced throughout upcoming holiday seasons.


  Adapted and produced for stage by seasoned veteran Leslie “L’Kuicha” Parks of JELUPA Productions, Inc., it is scheduled to be first brought to stage in the Greater Springfield area of Massachusetts during the 2017 holiday season. The collaboration between James Rhodes, Rhodes Enterprises and Ms. Parks, JELUPA Productions, Inc., for the creation of Evie Rhodes’ THE FORGOTTEN SPIRIT (A CHRISTMAS TALE) is in addition to being a collaboration of historic proportions sure to warm and touch the hearts of all who see it this upcoming season.


JELUPA (je-lu-pa) Productions is a vehicle for cultivating and addressing the needs of minority artists in the greater Springfield area. We bring quality productions that showcase, relate and involve minority artist to the area. JELUPA Productions will showcase works of social and cultural values, as well as entertain.


Funded in part by the Springfield Cultural Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council


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