CULTURE

“ACTRESS DENESHA MANNING TALKS ABOUT HER ROLE IN THE ANTICIPATED STAGE PLAY ‘SOUL PURPOSE’”

As we continue talking to the cast members of the anticipated stage play Soul Purpose, Today’s Purpose Woman chats with DeNesha Manning, an Entrepreneur, Successful Corporate Saleswoman, a Veteran, and one of the most unique, out of the box thinkers anyone will ever meet.  She plays the understudy for the character Brooklyn.

Soul Purpose, tells the story of five strong and powerful African-American women from different walks of life that through an unexpected sisterhood, they develop an unbreakable spiritual bond.


Q: What does SOUL PURPOSE mean to you and what was it that made you want to audition to be part of the SOUL PURPOSE stage play? 

Soul Purpose is a journey. A discovery where we shed the residue of our past and walk in the truth of who we were ultimately created to be.  It is a joint announcement to the world that through the lives of these beautiful, unique, gifted, and courageous women, that our struggles don’t define us, but they direct us into our God-given calling.

My audition experience is a testimony in and of itself.  My story is a clear depiction of the Hand of God at work because initially, I didn’t audition for the play.  I was serving in the background and assisting with whatever needed to be done – spreadsheets, marketing, cleaning, serving food; I was simply volunteering.  I was requested to read over the part of the character, Brooklyn, and sing.  In one swift move of God, I went from the background to the forefront.  In a way, it was my Father’s intent of using my service as an unveiling of my Soul Purpose in this season of my life.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your character. 

Brooklyn is an intelligent, beautiful, driven, and focused young lady.  She’s been extremely successful, single, has no kids, and unfortunately, like most women, has been dating the wrong men.  She desires to love and to be loved. However, her priorities are out of order.

Q:  What’s rehearsal like for you? 

Rehearsals are exciting!  I look forward to them.  There are always new opportunities for growth and development. Also, the cast is pretty amazing, so we have the privilege of working hard and enjoying one another!

Q: Is there anything about your character you personally can relate to? 

Absolutely! Just about every woman in the crowd has had a “Brooklyn” moment.  I too have experienced certain levels of success. My priorities at one time had to be adjusted as well.  What I admire about my character is that what she’s requesting, she also brings it to the table.  Unfortunately, her order of importance is getting in the way of her discovering what really matters the most.

From a personal perspective, as I grew in my relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ; I had a few moments where I had to recalibrate and say, “DeNesha, what’s really important?”

I think we can all relate to that, especially those of us who have experienced difficulties.  The triceps and biceps don’t mean anything when you need someone to pray for you and love you through the ups and downs of life.