Casting Director Cecillia Ce Ce Morris, left, and Matt Hardwick, writer/director/producer, hug and share a laugh during Wednesday’s news conference at the Albany Civic Center for Hardwick’s production of “The Measure of a Man” stage play scheduled for August 2 at the Albany Civic Center.
ALBANY, Ga. — Albany playwright Matt Hardwick announced Wednesday that the Aug. 2 performance here of his play “The Measure of a Man” will be recorded for DVD distribution.
A one-time performance of the play, whose actors include former “Sanford and Son” star Demond Wilson, Dennis White, who appeared in the biopic “Notorious,” and Carl Payne, who starred in the sitcom “Martin,” is scheduled for the Albany Civic Center on the second at 7:30 p.m.
Hardwick, joined by members of the cast and crew of “The Measure of a Man,” made the announcement at a press conference in the foyer of the Civic Center.
“The Aug. 2 showing of our play, here in Albany, will be used as our official DVD recording,” Hardwick said. “We have distributors lined up, and they’re ready to send this thing from East Coast to West Coast.
“Since we started this here in Albany, and the people have supported us so well, there was nothing more fitting than to share it with the people here. Now they can know how much they truly are a part of this production.”
Hardwick, an Albany native who appeared in the 2010 Sherwood Films movie “Courageous,” wrote, stars in, directs and produces “The Measure of a Man,” and he single-handedly built its elaborate set.
“There’s nothing more important than being surrounded by people who believe in you,” he said at the press conference. “These people, this cast and crew, get down in the trenches and work with me, grind with me.
“When I took my idea of recording the official play DVD here to them, they didn’t think it was the best idea. ... They thought it was the only idea.”
Michael Bryant with Democratic U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop’s office presented Hardwick a certificate of recognition signed by Bishop.
“We’ve got a message for Atlanta: You may have your Tyler Perry, but Albany has our Matt Hardwick,” Bryant said.
Tickets for the play are available at the Civic Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at all Ticketmaster locations.