The VIPP Report: Hit stage play “My War Wounds”announces encore performance



Lexington, KY— In the hit stage play, My War Wounds, playwright and visionary, Leslie Pryor highlights the warning signs, symptoms and struggles of individuals with brain tumors, as well as the struggles and symptoms of a disease many families know all too well—breast cancer. After so much open dialogue the stage play became a resource tool for some 1200 people.

There will be an encore presentation of My War Wounds on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 E Third St, Lexington KY 40508. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  We are excited to announce that comedian Laronda Clay will be our show’s host and saxophonist Benny J will perform during the evening. There will be vendors, plenty of food, a photographer to capture special moments, door prizes and plenty of information about breast cancer for organizations on location in case our guests have any questions.

Headaches, nausea, blurred or double vision, dizziness, trouble walking all could be something minor or symptoms to something so much bigger. So, when 13-year-old Alijah Owens started experiencing migraines and falling down at school without warning, he knew something was wrong. Soon, his eyes turned red and glossy, his face became disfigured and his hearing declined.

Initially, doctors misdiagnosed it as an allergy or vertigo but unfortunately Alijah had a massive brain tumor.  Parents at this point, normally have more questions than answers when they get the diagnosis.  For Alijah and his family, it resulted in more than 30 hours of surgery, months of therapy and having to learn to walk all over again. He was literally in a fight—a war—for his life.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, brain tumors are the most common form of tumors among children under the age of 25 and represent 20% of all childhood cancers.  Many have no idea of these statistics until after the diagnosis is given.

My War Wounds, is a true testament of never knowing what a person is dealing with when they are not at school, church and/or work.  Many suffer in silence and have no outlet to relieve their stress and anxiety which many times can be misdirected.  This inspirational story of courage and fear, love and hate is sure to take audience members on an emotional roller coaster they’ll never forget. When a mother, who is facing her own share of health challenges, is confronted with a life-threatening sickness of her daughter, will she keep the faith or let her family be ripped to shreds?

A portion of the proceeds will support the American Cancer Society; General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets $35 with preferred seating in advance. Group rates for 15 or more people. To purchase tickets, visit online.  Processing fees not included.  For more information or media interviews, email or call 502.414.4104.

The encore presentation was made possible due to the support of the Arts Council of Louisville and House of Prayer Church.

To setup an interview with Ms. Leslie Pryor and cast members please contact Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435 or by emailing

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 Established in 2012, Leslie Pryor Productions was formed as a result of a layoff and a prayer. As a faith-based company, Leslie Pryor Productions believes in giving back to the community at large while educating and entertaining through life-changing productions. Productions to date include, Struggles I Have Been Through, Twists and Turns of Faith and the hit stage play, My War Wounds.


The VIPP Report: Network For The Cause


October is national breast cancer awareness month and in conjunction with the month there’s an event that will bring networking, fashion and cancer awareness all under one roof.  It’s “Network for the Cause” bringing the emphasis as healthy is the new sexy with a fashion show.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 31st at Kingfish, 3021 River Road from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The fashion show will feature collections from Sango Int’l Design Collection Designer, Angela Jackson & Personal Designs By Marcia. There will be special entertainment featuring poetry by Hannah Drake and DJ Bruce Wayne.

Survivors Elaine Nobles and Nina Carter will share from the heart their personal journey through cancer and Dr Susie Riley will be speaking briefly on cancer prevention. Riley says “African Americans suffer poor outcomes from many conditions due to late diagnosis and lack of health information. That’s why it’s so important to participate in the event.   You can combine fun and life-saving health information all at the same time.”

This event was made possible due to our sponsors Total Life Changes, Tyra Beauty, United Credit Education Services, Cosmo Model & Talent Agency and Smile Center Professionals.

Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Kentucky African American’s Against Cancer.  You are welcome to bring business cards and be a part of our network for the cause.

Please consider posting and/or announcing our event. Tickets for the event are $25.00 which includes lunch. You can purchase them by going to