Richard Torrence’s “Lord Why Can’t I Do Right?” Re...

Richard Torrence’s “Lord Why Can’t I Do Right?” Returns to Bay Area

Richard Torrence’s inspirational musical stage play, “Lord Why Can’t I Do Right?” is returning to the Bay Area with two shows at the Black Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, May 29 and 30.

In association with The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, the inspirational and comical musical is directed by Michael Lange and will capture the hearts of viewers with relevant messages of love, family and salvation.

The play had a successful run in January at the Kaiser Center in Oakland where viewers walked away intrigued by the dramatic story and powerful performances of the talented actors.


The story follows Kenny, an unsuccessful man by society’s standards, who is caught up in his fascination with women, drugs and money. Following a near-death experience, Kenny’s true purpose in life is revealed. Now, he must spread the word about the grace and goodness of God.


Kenny’s brother, DeAundre, is a white-collar hustler who is extremely successful at scheming the community to support his fake businesses. For his own selfish reasons, DeAundre offers to assist Kenny in establishing a church to proclaim how he overcame death.


DeAundre conceives a manipulative plan to use his brother’s church to expand his phony empire, while ignoring Kenny’s supernatural gift of ministry.


When two brothers with contradicting objectives collaborate to start a church, all hell is bound to break loose. It’s a grueling life to live when your own blood cannot be trusted.


Shows are Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. The Black Repertory Theatre is located at 3201 Adeline St. in Berkeley.


Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at


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