VIVICA A. FOX TO STAR IN STAGE PRODUCTION OF "TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME."
Compiled By : Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Award-winning writer and director Je’caryous Johnson has enlisted Vivica A. Fox, Porsha Williams, Columbus Short, Carl Payne, Gary Dourdan, Ronreaco Lee, Cocoa Brown and R&B sensation Vivian Green to bring the hit movie “Two Can Play That Game” to the stage this fall.
The original 2001 Sony/Screen Gems movie, “Two Can Play That Game” was written and directed by Mark A. Brown and was met with rave reviews. It also became an instant fan favorite and cult classic. Over the years, the media has lauded it a “turning point in movie history” and a “game changer.”
Johnson will direct the stage production and serve as executive producer. The playwright shot to national theatre prominence when he turned the novels of popular African-American authors into hit plays, including Eric Jerome Dickey’s “Friends & Lovers and Cheaters.” Johnson’s recent play, “Married but Single” sold out in theaters from coast to coast.
Staying true to one of the main elements that made the movie “Two Can Play That Game” such a huge success was Johnson’s casting of actress Vivica A. Fox. She reprises her role as the beautiful and savvy relationship guru Shanté Smith.
Fox is one of the most recognizable and revered stars in Hollywood. From roles in the blockbuster “Independence Day” films to even her current recurring role on the Fox hit television series “Empire.” The talented actress continues to make her presence and mark known.
Johnson has assembled a who’s who of the film, TV and music world in “Two Can Play That Game” by recruiting Columbus Short, Porsha Williams, Gary Dourdan, Carl Payne, Ron Reaco Lee, Cocoa Brown and Vivian Green to bring the hit movie back to life on stage. Fans will get the real low down on everyday rules to relationships between men and women.
“Audiences across the country will be able to relive what made this movie unforgettable with the cast we have assembled,” said Johnson. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this incredibly talented cast. And having Vivica’s stamp of approval and vote of confidence is truly icing on the cake.”
“Bringing “Two Can Play That Game” to the stage is going to be EPIC,” said Fox. “I want fans to laugh and cry and high five and learn some new dating rules when they come to see it.”
In “Two Can Play That Game,” Je’Caryous Johnson will hold true to the story that fans fell in love with 16 years ago with some new twists and turns to the plot. When it comes to matters of the heart, Shanté Smith (Fox) is so adept at navigating the waters of romance that her girlfriends look to her for relationship advice. But soon, Shante’s own relationship becomes the example when her boyfriend, Keith (Short), is caught red-handed stepping out with his co-worker and her archrival, Conny (Williams).
However, when Shanté institutes a plan full of tricks and games to get Keith to act right, he, with the help of his friend Tony (Payne), fire back with a quickness, letting Shanté know that “Two Can Play That Game.”
This isn’t the first time that Fox and Je’Caryous Johnson have worked together. They joined forces in Johnson's hit stage plays "Whatever She Wants," alongside Boris Kodjoe and Richard "Shaft" Roundtree (TV's "Being Mary Jane") in 2007 and "Cheaper To Keep Her" with singer Brian McKnight in 2010.
ABOUT THE CAST:
COLUMBUS SHORT:Short catapulted to mainstream prominence after starring in the movie “Stomp the Yard” and ABC’s hit show “Scandal.” Fox and Short also teamed up in the movie, “True to The Game” which opened Sept. 8.
GARY DOURDAN: Fans fell in love with Dourdan, while playing Shazza on “A Different World” and became further captivated by him on “CSI” and “Being Mary Jane.”
CARL PAYNE: Payne was everyone’s crazy friend Cole on the TV show, “Martin” which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year.
PORSHA WILLIAMS: Williams raises the roof as one of the fan faves on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and as co-host of the syndicated talk show “Dish Nation.”
COCOA BROWN: Brown spiced up things as everyone’s funny girl most recently on Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse.”
RON REACO LEE: Lee is currently lighting up TV screens everywhere on Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.” With hits like, “Emotional Roller Coaster” to “Get Right Back to My Baby” to her new single, “I Don’t Know.”
VIVIAN GREEN: R&B sensation Vivian Green is the ultimate songbird.
Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report—including photo--obtained from publicity department press releases.