Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. to celebrates 24th year with production of “Miss Dessa”

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc., the premiere African-American Theater Company in the Lowcountry, celebrates its 24th year of telling the African-American’s stories on the stages of the Lowcountry with its production of “Miss Dessa,” back by popular demand after a wonderful run during the 2019 MOJA Arts Festival.

“Miss Dessa” is a delightful comedy telling the story of the Warnette family, and the challenges associated with shared inherited property. In “Miss Dessa,” one relative schemes to outwit the relative wielding the power of the inherited property and living in the homestead. This powerful and exciting comedy has lots of twists and turns that will have you chuckling out loud as the stories in the story evolves.

The production features Juanita B. Greene as Ardessa Warnette, the custodian of the properties and also the person chosen to care for young Gene Warnette, played by Joshua Tolbert, a senior theatre major at Charleston County School of the Arts.

Also featured are Jacqueline B. Odom-Mickle as Amanda Pace, the very religious older sister of the Warnette clan who is totally into her church, and Saralyn Ortiz, as Althea Long, who wants nothing to do with her or the church. Also included in the cast is Buddy Long, Althea’s husband, played by Domonique Henry and John Fordney, the handsome and athletic plant worker, played by Keith H. Alston who also brings to life Deacon Stamps.

The production, brought back after rave reviews, will be held at the Cannon Street Arts Center at 134 Cannon Street in downtown Charleston. Performance dates are Thursday, December 19 at 7pm, Friday, December 20 at 8pm, Saturday, December 21 at 8pm and closing Sunday, December 21st at 6pm.

For more information, call (843) 329-9978 or (843) 724-7305.


  1. Lawanda williams on December 17, 2019 at 4:07 am

    I would like to know more about this!

    • Saralyn Ortiz on December 18, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Please visit for ticket and show info!

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