Another drama-filled and talent-studded production is coming to the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center — “Loving Mr. Wrong.”
The stage play will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
Actor, writer and producer Brandon McMillon has been making his way through the entertainment world with works behind the scenes and up front in stage plays and in indie films.
“We’ve done this play in Memphis and we did a show in Batesville and we’re just trying to hit the small towns in Mississippi to do the shows and it’s been so far, so good,” McMillon said.
Wanting to be more familiarized this time around with the Greenville community and the surrounding areas’ audience, McMillon made sure to do more to get the word out about his production as this is the second on he has put on in Greenville since August.
“‘Loving Mr. Wrong’ is basically a romantic-comedy and a drama, or ‘dramedy,’” he joked. “It’s about a woman (Tammy Banks) who’s in a marriage that she’s not happy in and is constantly crying out to her husband, but he’s caught up in his campaign with another woman.”
McMillon continues, “She finds interest in the guy who comes over to work on the internet at their house, he sees how she’s being neglected and mistreated and they end up falling for each other.”
However, according to McMillon, there’s a plot twist —when it all boils down, the woman realizes one of those is “Mr. Wrong,” even though she thought she was getting away from him.
He reiterated most of the show is a good mixture of romance, comedy and drama and an overall balance of the three, which he believes people will really enjoy.
The show, McMillon said, is definitely geared for those who are 18 years of age and older because it does include mild language and scenes appropriate only for a maturer audience.
With a strong interest in acting, Millon said he initially traveled across the country in search of acting gigs before venturing down a slightly different path.
“How I got my start is basically just wanting to act and ended up traveling to California, Atlanta, New Orleans and all over to audition sometimes as an extra and small parts, but it gets expensive; it takes a while to get that big break,” McMillon explained.
Despite the challenges and hassle of traveling and not landing significant roles, McMillon still decided to bet on himself and explore another avenue.
“I started writing and I wrote my first play in 2015, ‘Here Come The Jacksons,’ a comedy, and it just started selling out; the next one was called ‘These 4 Walls’; it was a drama that dealt with domestic violence and it was real serious,” McMillon shared.
Early in his career, the Memphis native worked as a production assistant, notably for a show on MTV.
He said much of his success with his last two hit plays, “Here Come The Jacksons” and “These 4 Walls,” is attributed to his experience as a production assist, learning different things.
McMillon said the show will be going to Little Rock and tentatively a couple of other cities and venues.
“We’re going to even try to go to Atlanta with the show,” McMillon said. “People have been reaching and requesting us in different cities and we’re just trying to work everything out because the cast consists of recording artists and comedians and have other projects.
McMillon noted seeing the cast perform individually in other productions such as short films and stage plays and their interest in the script is how they were tapped and formed for the “Loving Mr. Wrong” stage play.
“They were like ‘Of course, we would love to be a part of it,’” he said. “We’re looking forward to giving Washington County a theatrical treat.”