Spare the Rod

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Written & Starring Paris Crayton lll

Directed by Mia Kristin Smith

Produced by Beth Marshall’s Husband Presents

How do you find yourself when you have no idea where you might be? This story digs deep into the question as one man searches for himself in the broken pieces of his life. This autobiographical one man show, breaks down the walls, and sheds light on what happens after dealing with years of physical abuse, neglect, and coming to terms with sexuality. By carefully examining his childhood he wonders if he can ever love his mother or even himself.

Venue: FireFighters Union Hall Theatre


  • Thurs. Aug. 17th 9pm
  • Sat. Aug. 19th 7:30pm
  • Sun. Aug. 20th 1:30pm
  • Mon. Aug. 21st 6pm
  • Fri. Aug. 25th 10:30pm
  • Sat. Aug. 26th 7:30pm

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About Paris!

Paris has essentially been working in theatre and entertainment for a majority of his life. He began acting at the tender age of six and writing soon after. At 15 he joined Matiff Dance Company in St. Louis MO where he studied Hip hop and Jazz. This began a ten year stint as professional dancer. After college, he knew that he loved nothing more than  the stage and dedicated his life to creating new, exciting works of Art.  In 2006 he was commissioned by Gifted Productions (St. Louis) to pen the script “The Day Daddy Came Home” and it played to sold out audiences. After a few more commissions he moved to Chicago IL. to attend Act One Conservatory, a two year program focused on training the actor. After completion, he journeyed to Atlanta to co-direct and star in the play “Tapestry of Shadows” written by award winning playwright/screen writer David Martyn Conley. This led him to a three year stay in Orlando Florida, where he was commissoned to write two brand new plays, “Eye of the Beholder” and “Laying Where No One Can See” which toured the state of Florida. While in Florida he was hired to write for the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which led to his plays being televised world-wide.


In 2010, Paris decided to make Atlanta his home and create a brand new theatre experience. After starring and directing a few shows around town, in 2012 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in “Brothers of Affliction” which was called by avid theatre goers, the best play to hit Atlanta in years. Brothers traveled to Orlando for the International Orlando Fringe Festival and was accepted into the D.C and Atlanta Black Theatre Festivals. It also recieved recognition in the illustrious Dramatist  Magazine and Artsatl, the top online arts source in Atlanta.


In December of 2013 he co-founded Rising Sage Theatre  with Kirk D. Henny, and is currently the artistic director. It’s first seasons offered six stellar shows five of which were written by Crayton. He was named an Artist to watch by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Creative Loafing’s Best Local Playwright of 2014.  He won a Broadway World Orlando award for his work in the Trayvon Martin Project and was nominated for his Original play Hoodies, produced by Beth Marshall Presents and Pequin Point  in Orlando.


As of 2016, he is a resident of New York City and ready to conquer the scene. His mantra is CREATE YOUR YES and he knows everything that he sets out to accomplish is already written in the stars.