Prestige Magazine - Derrell Lawrence
Jasmine Cecelia May/June 2013
Brian Ferry March 2012
When I sat down with Derrell Lawrence, I had no idea of how humble, down-to-earth, and inspirational he was. Going through the death of his sister, Lakeesha, shaped him into discovering his talents of writing and directing. His first movie, "Life Isn't Fair," earned him many awards, including The Highest Achievement for New Filmmaker, The Silver Award, and The People's Choice Award. Derrell has worked with many talented actors and actresses that include Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover--just to name a few. Derrell gives us a hint of what to expect when watching his new stageplay, "Do You Trust Your Best Friend?" and upcoming film, "Must Be The Music."
FINE Success Magazine - Special DYTYBF issue
Vikki Hankins June 2013
Susan Smith March 2012
FINE Success Magazine was a premier sponsor for DYTYBF in Orlando, FL at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre June 2013. The editor dedicated the whole June issue to the play and its stars!
Derrell Lawrence talks more about his background and his debut movie "Life Isn't Fair"
Carol Simons March 2012
Current Press Release
THE FUNERAL is a phenomenal play, written and produced by the award winning Derrell Lawrence is scheduled for its initial sold out run in Philadelphia, Pa from Wednesday, January 24, 2018 to Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the historic Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5 located at 825 Walnut Street. Show Times as follows Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 5 pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
The funeral takes a realistic look at what happens when a family member passes away. These topics affect many families, but are not talked about. With the loss of a loved one comes the struggle of planning a funeral while filled with a host of emotions. Jasper Norman Williams Sr. is gone and now the secrets, lies and conflicts seem to be replacing him. The lies create questions, anger, hurt and shame for some of the members of the Williams family. Will they be able to recover as a family and as individuals? Will the deception break up the family permanently and leave them with scars too deep to come back from? The funeral will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
This production will feature a dynamic cast: Faye Wooten, Damien Wallace, Betty Thompson, Rodd Deon, Karen Waller- Martin, Erica Foreman, Alisha Dominique, Vivian Barnes Perry, Lateek Harrison, Colby Jakk, Alicia Jeremiah, Temeka Walden, Jonathan "Slap Roc" Suber, Allen”The Leather King” Stratton and Derrell Lawrence. Directed by Laquanda McCoullum. The cast is sure to have the audience experience various emotions as they perform this riveting stage play.
About Derrell Lawrence
Derrell Lawrence is an American, actor, filmmaker, writer, director, executive producer and upcoming author. He is best known for his feature film debut, Life Isn’t Fair in 2007. He earned several awards including, The Highest Achievement for New Filmmaker” at the Jokara-Micheaux Film Festival, as well both “The Silver Award” and “The People’s Choice Award” from the Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market for Life Isn’t Fair. He is also known for his work with the independent feature film Happy Holidaze in 2008 that premiered in Philadelphia, PA and Arkansas.
Recent projects include:
Writer, director and actor in “The Funeral” stage play
Writer, director and actor in “When Heaven Calls” stage play
National television commercial for Colgate toothpaste
Writer, director, and actor in “Do You Trust Your Best Friend?” stage play
Supporting actor in feature fil “Must Be the Music” (2013)
Featured actor in independent film “Gotta Make It Out” (2013)
For more information please visit: www.derrelllawrence.com or