"Viable," the play, can be viewed as a live on-stage performance or as a specially-recorded version streamed on Salem Broadcasting Network (WatchSalemMedia.com/Viable). Groups and organizations that want to schedule the live production for fundraisers or other special events can contact Christian Creative Media at www.ViablePlay.org. Those who wish to stream a recorded version of Viable via the internet, can simply go to www.WatchSalemMedia.com/viable, and purchase viable at a nominal fee. All proceeds fund the overhead costs of live performances, video streaming, and the production of new plays.
Scheduled Live Performances
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, performances of Viable from coast to coast have been canceled until the end of summer 2020. This includes June 25, 2020, National Right to Life Convention in Washington, DC. However, Viable will open the June 2021 50th National Right To Life Convention in Washington, D.C., as a dinner theater. For more information, contactnrlconvention.com.
The first post-pandemic autumn 2020 confirmed date for Viable is Saturday, October 31, in the Villages, Florida. On Saturday, October 31, in The Villages, Florida, there will be a 4:00 PM matinee and a 7:00 PM evening performance at the Wildwood Community Event Center. Watch this web site for ticket information and other details on these and all other performances as they are re-scheduled.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of 9 East Coast and Los Angeles performances. We will post summer and fall dates as the quarantine lifts. Thank you for your patience.
Past Performances of Viable
- January 10, 2020 - South Carolina Citizens for Life Proudly Pro-Life Gala, Columbia, South Carolina - October 24, 2019 - North Greenville University, Tigerville, South Carolina - October 11, 2019 - Spaghetti Dinner Theater - First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina - September 30, 2019 - Oaklawn Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas - September 29, 2019 - Covenant Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas - September 28, 2019 - Awaken Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas - September 27, 2019 - St. Raphael Catholic Church, Springdale, Arkansas - July 5, 2019 - National Right to Life Convention, Charleston Convention Center, Charleston, South Carolina - June 29, 2019 - First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina - June 28, 2019 - First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina (Premiere)
Kimberly Jackson (L) and Gisele Gathings (R) in Viable at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR September 29, 2019
The Cast of Viable visits four cities in Arkansas, September 26 - 30, 2019. Pictured here are (L-R) Scott Braxton (George), John Hoover (Producer & Playwright), Rose Mimms (Executive Director of Arkansas Right to Life), Gisele Gathings (Judy), Kimberly Jackson (Young Woman), and Shamira Scott (Production Stage Manager).
Judy: Gisele Gathings
Gisele Gathings is a multi-talented, multi-media personality. She has performed as an actress, featured vocalist, talk show host, news anchor, and media personality on television, radio, and film as well as the stage. Toyota and Fiat are only a few of her commercial appearances. Gisele's featured vocal performances include Kylie Odetta, SpeakEasy Jazz, Lakia Club, Razz Ma Jazz Band, Grady Hodges Group, and many others throughout the Southeast, Los Angeles, and in Tuscany, Italy. She has appeared in a wide variety of productions at Greenville Little Theater, Center Stage, South Carolina Children's Theater, and Gunther Theater at The Peace Center. Gisele has performed principal roles in productions such as Mac’s Diner, Ghost the Musical, Intimate Apparel, A Month of Sundays, Memories of the Game, Jesus Christ Superstar, Christmas Wish, Cinderella, Purlie, and Working. The pre-show music is performed by Gisele. Click Here
Young Woman: Kimberly Jackson
Kimberly Jackson feels blessed to be a part of Viable. Her past roles include: Dreamgirls (Stepp Sister/Les Styles/Ensemble) at Greenville's Centre Stage, Ragtime (Person of Harlem/Haitian Immigrant/Ensemble), Hairspray (Harriet/Beatnick/Ensemble), and Miracle of 34th Street (Dutch Girl’s Mother) at Greenville Little Theater. Kimberly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. She writes: First, I’d like to thank God for presenting me with an opportunity to use my skills and talents to give him all the honor, the glory, and the praise. Second, thanks to my Mom, Donna Jackson, my biggest supporter (ISGYM), and my other family and friends who continue to support me. Third, I thank God to be a part of this journey, and this amazing cast and crew. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Proverbs16:3; Colossians3:23-24.
George: Scott Braxton
Scott first worked with writer/director/producer, John Hoover, 35 years ago in Los Angeles when he played a retired NFL Player and nightclub owner of the Pigskin Palace in the new musical, First Billboard on the Moon, which premiered at the Los Angeles Variety Arts Theater. Scott is the brother of Aleta Braxton-O'Brien, who has performed for over thirty years with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, the Roger Wagner Chorale, the Jubilee Singers, and who has appeared in dozens of motion pictures, television shows, and advertisements. Scott is the son of Frank Braxton, who was the first African-American animator in Hollywood. Scott's talents steered him into education, and he became the principal of the most expensive high school ever built in the United States in downtown Los Angeles. One of Scott's children is a journalist, and the other works for an entertainment firm in LA. Now retired from LA Unified, Scott joins us from California to continue his acting career in service his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Production Stage Manager: Shamira Scott
Shamira was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After high school, Shamira attended Valor Christian College in Ohio, majoring in Music Ministry. Shamira then relocated to South Carolina, where she attends North Greenville University. While attending North Greenville, Shamira had the opportunity to write her very first production using the arts to walk through a brutal-yet- progressive period of American history. Many of the audience members described her production as “refreshing,” “emotionally engaging,” “leaving you wanting more,” etc.. Today, Shamira works as the Creative Director for Jeremiah’s Photography as well as In the Middle Talk Show. She is the stage manager for Viable and continues writing and directing her own productions. Shamira continues to trust and have faith in God’s bigger picture, even when He doesn't share all of the details.
Writer / Producer / Director: John Hoover
John is a former writer/producer of live shows for Disney and Divisional General Manager/Executive Producer for electronic publishing at McGraw-Hill. He has written/produced/directed live and televised performances by Mohammad Ali, Pearl Bailey, Glenn Campbell, Richard Carpenter, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Vicki Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Fred MacMurray, Robert Redford, Jimmy Stewart, and dozens more. He started with Broadway tours of Company, Fiddler, Follies, and Zorba. John now coaches chief executives around the world in all industries, including ABC/Disney/ESPN, NBC, and HBO. He is a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen leadership and psychology books for Amacom, Career Press, HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, St. Martin's Press, Sage, and Wiley. Dr. Hoover has lectured on leadership coaching at Columbia, NYU, Vanderbilt, and Yale. John is still an executive coach and coaching supervisor. But, he has now dedicated his creative talents to glorifying God and advancing His Kingdom through the stage, screen, and Christian books. ChristianCreativeMedia.org.
Please join us in spreading this unique, jubilant experience that informs and educates about how powerfully the love of Christ can transform lives. Christian Creative Media produces and licenses Christian productions in churches, theaters, universities, and conferences. You can license your own production of Viable, engage Dr. Hoover as a visiting director, or bring a professional Viable cast to your church or organization just by contacting us. Thanks in advance for your prayerful support. You can donate here. We look forward to meeting you at one of our performances.