New Play, Built On A Lie, Teaches Valuable Lessons About Relationships and Facebook

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A new stage play about a marriage gone wrong because of Facebook and aims to educate and inspire woman to rise above “the drama” to accomplish their dreams.

Stefany J. is a mentor, motivational speaker, author and playwright who is gearing up to debut her first play, Built on a Lie, premiering in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts, Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium on Friday, August 13. The play is a semi-autobiographical account of her marriage to a major entertainer’s bodyguard and reveals what she discovered on Facebook, a popular social networking site that ended their marriage. By sharing her story of pain, disappointment and eventual triumph, she hopes to educate women about the realities of dating someone in the industry and the pitfalls of the new social networking craze.

Stefany J. is a twenty-year corporate executive and MBA who was dealing with the same problems and adversities that so many other single moms across the country face. After months of endless job pursuits and sub-par offers, Stefany J. decided to take a non-traditional road and pursue her lifelong dream of being a writer/playwright. She did just that and launched a company, Hustle Mama Productions, LLC. The name was inspired by her collection of essays called “Hustle Mama” that were a reflection of her life as a mother, wife, career women, and mentor.

“In life, the challenges you face will bring you closer to accomplishing your dreams. It is my goal in life to help others accomplish their dreams and to join in the celebration of what life really has to offer,” said Stefany.

With the debut of Built on a Lie, Stefany J. will be one of the first African American females to write, produce, and direct a theatre performance that will premiere on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. Not only is she pursuing her dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur, Stefany is giving back to her community by donating 670 seats to shelters, group homes, and senior housing and will donate a portion of the plays profits to benefit two young women from the Philadelphia-area to attend the Camp Caya, self-esteem camp. She has also partnered with local non-profit organizations and employed teenaged youth to help with the pre and post-production.

“We are here to change neighborhoods and communities one brick, one block at a time by improving the lives of the people who live in them. In order to change the lives of people within a community, we must change the lives of women in that community,” said Stefany.

Built on a Lie is a dramatic comedy that makes light of a heartfelt situation gone terribly awry. Gospel recording artist, D’atra Hicks from Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and a host of other well-known plays, will be the lead actress along with Haywood Nelson from the popular TV sitcom What's Happening. A distinguished cadre of local talent, including Camille Sledge and Kristin Gabrielle, daughters of the legendary Sister Sledge will share their part in the cast and singer/songwriter, Miles Jaye is the composer of the original score for the play. Tickets for the shows can be purchased from the website at or by calling (484) 343-0124.


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