Former Dallas Cowboy, Director, Producer and Writer Greg Ellis, Presents “Watch Night” a Riveting Stage Play

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Featuring Gospel Legend Fred Hammond

Watch Night is a compelling story of a young slave girl, named Baby Doll, whose prayers for freedom are answered through the signing of the “Emancipation Proclamation” that led the slaves to gather New Year’s Eve when their freedom would be granted. Living on the plantation of Howard B Lynch, she stays in constant prayer believing that freedom will come one day. Baby Doll enters into a romantic relationship with the Master’s nephew who does not agree with the Master’s view on slavery. Despite, their romantic involvement, Master continues to impress upon them the disciplines of his Grandfather, Willie Lynch.

Watch Night has become a tradition for many years. Millions of people attend church on New Year’s Eve for a celebratory service known as Watch Night and very few of them know the true meaning of how it began. On December 31st 1862, the eve of freedom, slaves gathered to praise GOD and watch for freedom day to come. Slaves rejoiced as January 1st 1863 marks the first day of freedom.

“We are excited to showcase an amazing and captivating performance about Watch Night and how it originated.” says Director Greg Ellis. “This play will help educate and highlight the importance of New Year’s Eve and how it relates to slavery and freedom. It’s definitely a must see.”

Gospel legend Fred Hammond, will have the audience on their feet while performing his greatest hits during intermission. Watch Night will also feature Irma P Hall, (Soul Food), Greg Ellis and many more. This will be a one night only production! The show will take place at Divine Faith Ministries International, 9800 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro, Georgia at 6pm sharp on December 2nd. To purchase tickets to Watch Night visit

Greg Ellis executive produced the “Carter High” movie, which starred: Vivica A. Fox, Charles Dutton, David Banner, Pooch Hall and Reginald Hayes. Greg Ellis is from Wendell North Carolina. He is married to his high school sweetheart Tangie Ellis, they have three beautiful children. Ellis earned a scholarship from the University of North Carolina & was 1st rounds pick by the Dallas Cowboys, he earned pro-bowl & comeback player of the year honors. For more information about Watch Night

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