(Chatsworth, CA) – Award-winning playwright, filmmaker and author David E. Talbert announces the launch of his newest stage production “What My Husband Doesn’t Know,” starring television and film star Brian White (“Men of a Certain Age,” Stomp the Yard), and stage actress and Grammy Award-winning former member of Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams (“Chicago,” “The Color Purple”). This powerful and provocative new play begins touring nationally February 4th and celebrates Talbert’s 20th anniversary in theatre.
Combining dazzling storytelling with groundbreaking use of the theatrical medium itself, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” is a mesmerizing tale of lust, lies and temptation that puts a whole new twist on the “fatal attraction” theme. Written, directed and produced by Talbert (First Sunday, “Stage Black”), who was heralded as “One of the most prolific theatre makers in America” by The Los Angeles Times, the play also stars Ann Nesby (The Fighting Temptations) and famed film and television actor Clifton Davis (Any Given Sunday, “Amen”).
To her friends, the stunning Lena Summer (Williams) has it all—big house, loving daughter, wealthy husband. But her husband, Franklin, is so wrapped up in his construction business that the other side of Lena’s bed is too cold too often. When temptation comes along in the form of a handsome man named Paul (White), Lena gives in to her desires and a torrid affair ensues. But when she tries to break things off with Paul, things take a dark and surprising turn, eventually facing her with a difficult dilemma. Before the night is over, things grow even darker—but help may be much closer than Lena could have ever dared to imagine.
With its themes of love, betrayal and jealousy, “What My Husband Doesn’t Know” fits squarely in the Talbert canon, which includes 12 critically acclaimed touring productions, among them the musical “Love in the Nick of Tyme,” for which Talbert won a New York Literary Award for Best Playwright, and “The Fabric of a Man,” for which he won an NAACP award.
“I’ve told a lot of stories that deal with affairs of the heart that I believe people have identified with and enjoyed” said Talbert in a prepared statement. Talbert counts playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon as his greatest influence. “All of my stories come from being a fly on the wall and listening to the stories my friends tell me.”
In addition to his many successful stage plays, Talbert made his directorial debut with the comedy feature film First Sunday, starring Ice Cube, SNL alumnus and “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan, and enigmatic comedian Katt Williams. He also wrote and produced the NBC television special “Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable,” starred in his own reality television series “Stage Black,” and has written several novels, including the Essence Best-Selling novel Baggage Claim and Love Don’t Live Here No More, which he co-wrote with hip hop icon Snoop Dogg.