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Free stage play takes entertaining look at financial security issues

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Too many older women in Metro Detroit, in Michigan and across the country cannot afford to cover their basic needs. And too few families headed by single mothers are financially secure.

A new production by award-winning Playwright Garrett Davis, A Woman’s Gotta Do, What a Woman’s Gotta Do, takes those issues head-on – with a sense of humor and flair. The free stage play, to be presented by AARP Michigan in Detroit on March 20, is intended to entertain and also educate about the importance of family financial planning, especially for women.

“The work that I have done with AARP over the years has always inspired me to create productions that would continue to raise the awareness of issues and concerns that affect the African American Community,” Davis said. “I am excited about my latest creation that will entertain as well as provide information and resources with the help of the AARP Michigan Office that will raise the importance of women being educated on the subject of finances.”

This offering is an example of AARP working to ensure older adults have the financial security they need to take charge of their future and live independently as they age.

Davis’ production, which follows last year’s hit Mama’s Girls, demonstrates how important it is to have a plan for retirement, and to understand the significance of budgeting personal finances.

Gail Perry Mason, a well-known financial consultant and author of Detroit, is a co-writer of A Woman’s Gotta Do, What a Woman’s Gotta Do. She says the play “will change lives and make sense to all women.

“Either you have a plan or you become part of somebody else’s plan,” she added. “Plan to be at this life-changing moment to get a handle on life and relationships with your money and man.”

Two performances of A Woman’s Gotta Do, What a Woman’s Gotta Do will be presented on March 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Kirby St., Detroit. The performances are free but seating is limited and registration is required. Register at: or call (877) 926-8300.

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