Hot Topix Productions

New theater company to present urban play


Hot Topix Productions of Youngstown will present the urban play “He Loves Me! She Loves Me Not?” on Feb. 18 at Ford Family Recital Hall.

“He Loves Me!” was written by local residents Darcelle Formby and Velma Perry and is directed by Mike Forney. It explores universal messages of love, fear and commitment.

The play centers around lead character Dajah Henderson, whose world is shaken by an unexpected wedding proposal. Salon gossip, naysayers and her sister’s drama-filled divorce have obscured her vision, making it difficult to appreciate real love.

Hot Topix Productions is a book club founded and run by Forney that has book signings and discussions.

The club created a theater production arm this past year to help authors turn their books into stage plays. “He Loves Me!” will be its first production.

Forney, a former state corrections officer, started Hot Topix in 2008 and caught the attention of several authors, including Steve Harvey, Hill Harper and Eric Jerome Dickey, who used it to promote their books.

The club meets the fourth Saturday of every month at Barnes and Noble in Boardman from Feb. 20 to late November each year. With more than 500 members, it is one of the largest book clubs in the state.

For more information on Hot Topix book club, call 330-599-2777, or email



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