Farmington resident to direct original drama ‘Unsaid’

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Farmington resident Laurie Smallis will direct “Unsaid,” an original drama written by Southfield, Michigan resident Eric S. Goldstein, on stage June 15-23 at Peace Lutheran Church in Southfield.

Making its Michigan premier, “Unsaid” explores the lives of siblings Jane and Joe. After a tragic loss, they relocate from southeast Michigan to a small town on Michigan’s west coast to rebuild their lives. Just as they make progress with new friends and loves, their deadly past catches up with them.

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Laurie Smalis (contributed)

Smalis jumped at the opportunity to direct this original drama “because I felt that its theme is so relevant to today.”

“Yes there is fear of terrorism but we can’t let that rule our lives,” she said in a press release. “We must stand up to it, keep living our lives and not hide.”

Smalis was drawn towards the strength of the show’s characters. “The lead female roles are strong, they have substance and I thank Eric for writing them that way.”

Goldstein, an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Livonia by day, first embarked on this project in 2014.

“I was diving deep into the tension between pursuing one’s own interests against the best interests of friends and loved ones,” he said. “This was an exploration into that internal conflict without the self-centered angst-riddled soul searching of Hamlet. Instead, we get to view the internal conflict through the eyes of loved ones, as they experience the ripple effects of the protagonist’s struggle.”

Melina VerVane and Lance Allen rehearse a scene from “Unsaid.” (contributed photo)

Goldstein said his overall message is, “We are not in control of our lives. We are only in control of how we respond to what happens in our lives.”

Goldstein and Smalis are no strangers to collaborating, as Smalis directed Goldstein in the Farmington Players 2017 production of “And Then There Were None”. In addition, they worked together on the Rosedale Community Players 2016 production of “The Boys Next Door”.

Shows are slated on June 15-16, and 21-23 at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on June 17. Reserved seats are available by e-mail to or by calling 248-762-8971.

Peace Lutheran Church is located at 17029 13 Mile Rd., Southfield.

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