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David E. Talbert: The creative force driving ‘What My Husband Doesn’t Know’

 

David E. Talbert’s hit stage play – “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” has hit about 40 cities so far and will be making its way into Memphis for a Nov. 3-5 run at the Cannon Center.   David E. Talbert has been in the stage play game for quite a few years. He has also taken his directing skills to the silver screen. His hit stage play – “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” has hit about 40 cities so far and will be making its way into Memphis for a Nov. 3-5 run at the Cannon Center.

 
 David E. Talbert

Tri-State Defender: Tell us about the play.

David E. Talbert: It’s part comedy, part thriller and part romance. About a beautiful woman married to a rich man being left alone too long too often and has an affair and hijinx ensued.

TSD: How’d you get such a great cast? You got Morris Chestnut, Clifton Davis among others.

DET: It’s always a blessing to get a cast like that. It starts with the material. If I do my job as a playwright and put it on the page, they can take it and put it on the stage. I have mutual respect for Morris; he is one of the princes of the silver screen in my generation. He had respect for me and for what I have done across the country. We came together and found that commonality of admiration and we have just been building on it.

TSD: If you weren’t doing plays or movies, what do you think you’d be doing?

DET: I don’t know. Probably preaching somewhere, or pastoring a church. Or maybe even a syndicated radio show host or announcer.

 
 Morris Chestnut and Michelle Williams star in “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” which hits Memphis Nov. 3 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Diondre Johnson)

TSD: You’ve gotten the chance to work with a lot of actors and actresses.

DET: Everybody is fun when they’re doing something that they love and are getting compensated for and they’re getting accolades from the audience. There’s no reason not to have fun. I love doing it, people love me doing it and I get to earn a living doing it.

TSD: Who were you influenced by?

DET: Neil Simon was a big influence on me; his writing, his words and his story.

TSD: And for someone who’s looking to get into writing and directing stage plays, what type of advice would you give them?

DET: I would tell them to just do it. There’s no magic in how I got started other than the fact that I got started. I would say to them just do it. Don’t talk about it, just do it.

(Tickets for “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” are available through all ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and the Cannon Center Box Office. You may also visit David E. Talbert’s website at www.davidetalbert.com.)

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