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CHAINS by Tylie Shider

November 7th, 2008 · No Comments


Aspiring playwright Tylie Shider brings a story of hope to DSU


By:  Ahsley Burgess and Takeem Ragland


Stage lights come up on a young black male. Director Tylie Shider listens intently to the delivery of the lines and moves to center stage to talk with his lead actor.


For twenty year old Tylie Shider, this is a dream come true.  Shider is a senior broadcast journalist major with a minor in theatre who has always been passionate about writing.     “I started writing when I was ten years old.  My mom owned a beauty salon and I’d make up stories about the shop gossip,” says Shider.  Chains is Tylie’s first stage production.  Inspired by the likes of August Wilson and Lorraine Hansberry, Tylie began writing Chains in his sophomore year and was advised by Dr. Blakey and Dr. Brown in the DSU Theatre Department to workshop the play.  Tylie says “I’ve rewritten Chains four times and I’m satisfied with how the play has evolved but I can see it developing even more after the debut on campus.”  


Tylie was fortunate in that he was able to ask actors from previous DSU stage productions to be a part of the Chains workshop.  “Most of the actors stayed on even after the workshop was over.  It’s been great being able to work with other students who share the same passion for theatre.”  The 10-member cast has worked diligently since the spring 2008 semester and is ready for the November debut.


Chains is a story about a young man with musical aspirations, his three brothers, and their differing relationships with their father.  Throughout the play, the themes of sibling rivalry, selfishness, and love will engage audience members and lead them down a path of family conflict resolution and thought provoking emotions.  “The play is inspired by my father’s family.  My dad has six brothers, all of whom are musicians.  Each of my uncles had a different relationship with my grandfather and in some instances there was loathing and envy because of the favoritism,” says Tylie.  “I think that this whole family dynamic is something that everyone can relate to.”  As the oldest of five siblings, Tylie has faced his share of sibling rivalry, struggles with parents, and the challenges associated with coming of age.  “For me, Chains is a way to answer questions I have about my father and a way to answer questions about myself as I mature.”


Chains debuts on the DSU campus in the Education and Humanities Theatre on November 6 and 7 at 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


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