Priest Cephas’ mother didn’t get to go to her senior prom. She was too busy taking care of her first child.


Priest Cephas’ mother didn’t get to go to her senior prom. She was too busy taking care of her first child.

When Cephas learned about this, he got to work penning his mother’s story. A few pages turned into a play, and that play debuted in 2007 to sell-out crowds through the region.

“I didn’t look at this as a business, but once I saw the response pouring in, I said, ‘I’m going to try it again,’” he said.

Now, “The Tears of a Teenage Mother” will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Delaware State University’s Education and Humanities Theatre.

The story follows a young mother who gets pregnant by an older man, who doesn’t find out until years later that he has a child.

“The Tears of a Teenage Mother” covers what teens miss out on, the mistakes they might make in pre-natal care, and other topics. It’s not just about pregnancy, although that is the common factor of the show.

“It’s a topic that won’t go away,” Cephas said. “It’s going to be an epidemic from here on out.”

Last year, Saron Cofield, associate director of Girls Incorporated of Delaware, took 40 girls to see the show at Mt. Pleasant High School.

“It was just a play that had a lasting impression for them,” she said.

So Girls Inc. signed on to co-sponsor the production at DSU.

Cofield said the play encourages healthy discussion on pregnancy and prevention, key topics for families to talk about when considering their children’s futures.

“We know pregnancy is just one barrier to success in adulthood,” she said.

Another co-sponsor is DAPI, the Delaware Adolescent Program Inc., which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Girls Inc. advocates for girls and young women to help them become strong, smart and bold.