Viable Performances

Groups and organizations can schedule a live performance or streaming videos online for fundraisers or other special events. Writer/Producer John Hoover, can be reached at RobertJohnHoover@gmail.com or by calling (615) 268-3507.



Upcoming Live Performances

  • January 31, 2023 - South Carolina - School for the Arts at Anderson University - Student Centre Theatre, 316 Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621 - 7:30 PM Curtain, Open Seating, Free Admission
  • April 2023 - Road to Hope - Portland Oregon - Venue TBA
  • April  27th, 2023 - Port Townsend, Washington – Venue TBA
  • April 28th, 2023 -  Sequim, Washington - Sequim Community Church


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Past Performances of Viable

  • November 7th, 2022 - St. Louis, Missouri - Alliance For Life Missouri Conference 2022 "Turning The Page" 
  • October 2022 – Georgia Right To Life Tour
    Centerville, GA: Monday, October 24 – 7:00 PM – For His Glory Christian Center
    Warner-Robbins, GA: Tuesday, October 25 – 7:00 PM – Southside Baptist Church
    Cordele, GA: October 26 – MD Whitest Medical Institute at A.S. Clark 
  • October 22, 2022 – Naples, FL – Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church – 625 111th Ave North Naples, FL – 34108 (Postponed due to Hurricane Ian. Future date TBA)
  • October 15th, 2022 - Chalcedon Presbyterian Church - Cumming, GA
  • September 10th, 2022 - Washington State Selah Summit - Richland, WA
  • April 23, 2022 - Family Life Center - Austin, TX 78702 
  • April 22, 2022 - The Lodge at Champion Forest Baptist Church - Houston, TX 
  • April 21, 2022 - The Lodge at Champion Forest Baptist Church - Houston, TX 
  • April 3, 2022 - Living Drama Theatre - Eustis, FL 
  • April 2, 2022 - Living Drama Theatre - Eustis, FL 
  • August 27, 2021 - Celebration Church - Austin, TX
  • August 24 - 26, 2021 - Care-Net National Conference - San Antonio, TX
  • July 9, 2021 - 2pm - Cardinal Rigali Center - 20 Archbishop May Dr. St. Louis, MO 63119.
  • July 9, 2021 - 6pm - Cardinal Rigali Center - 20 Archbishop May Dr. St. Louis, MO 63119
  • June 24, 2021 - National Right to Life Opening Dinner Theater Event - Washington, D.C.
  • April 24, 2021 - Pro-Life Pro-Family Coalition Banquet - Chicago, IL
  • April 14, 2021 - Midwest March for Life. Jefferson City, Missouri
  • April 11, 2021 - First Presbyterian Church of Greenville. Greenville, South Carolina
  • September 8, 9 & 10, 2020 - Care-Net National Conference, Swan & Dolphin Resort, Walt Disney World, Florida
  • January 10, 2020 - South Carolina Citizens for Life Proudly Pro-Life Gala, Columbia, South Carolina
  • October 24, 2019 - North Greenville University, Tigerville, South Carolina
  • October 11, 2019 - Spaghetti Dinner Theater - First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina
  • September 30, 2019 - Oaklawn Baptist Church, Texarkana, Texas
  • September 29, 2019 - Covenant Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • September 28, 2019 - Awaken Church, Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • September 27, 2019 - St. Raphael Catholic Church, Springdale, Arkansas
  • July 5, 2019 - National Right to Life Convention, Charleston Convention Center, Charleston, South Carolina
  • June 29, 2019 - First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina
  • June 28, 2019 - First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina (Premiere)



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Kimberly Jackson and Gisele Gathings performing Viable to an oversold house at the South Carolina Citizens for Life Proudly Pro-Life Gala - January 10, 2020.

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMasters and First Lady Peggy with Viable star, Gisele Gathings, following the South Carolina Citizens for Life Proudly Pro-Life Gala.

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Gisele Gathings and Scott Braxton performing Viable at First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina in October 2019.



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Gisele Gathings (L) and Scott Braxton (R) perform Viable in Chicago at the Pro-Life Pro-Family Coalition Banquet - April 24, 2021.

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Gisele Gathings (L) and Scott Braxton (R) perform Viable in Chicago at the Pro-Life Pro-Family Coalition Banquet - April 24, 2021.

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Kimberly Jackson (L) and Gisele Gathings (R) perform Viable in Chicago at the Pro-Life Pro-Family Coalition Banquet - April 24, 2021.

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Kimberly Jackson and Gisele Gathings performing Viable at the Midwest March for Life on the State Capital Steps - April 14, 2021.

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Kimberly Jackson and Gisele Gathings performing Viable at the Midwest March for Life on the State Capital Steps - April 14, 2021.

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Gisele Gathings and Scott Braxton performing Viable at the Midwest March for Life on the State Capital Steps - April 14, 2021.

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Scott Braxton, Gisele Gathings, and Kimberly Jackson at the Midwest March for Life on the State Capital Steps - April 14, 2021 - Chatting with Joyce Zounis Brown following the performance.

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Viable being performed on the steps of the Missouri State Capital Building after the Midwest March for Life on April 14, 2021.

Viable at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR

Kimberly Jackson (L) and Gisele Gathings (R) in Viable at
Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR September 29, 2019

Viable at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR

Audience at Convenent Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, AR September 29, 2019

The Cast of Viable visits four cities in Arkansas

The Cast of Viable visits four cities in Arkansas, September 26 - 30, 2019. Pictured here are (L-R) Scott Braxton (George), John Hoover (Producer & Playwright), Rose Mimms (Executive Director of Arkansas Right to Life), Gisele Gathings (Judy), Kimberly Jackson (Church Counselor), and Shamira Scott (Production Stage Manager).

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Kimberly Jackson (L) and Gisele Gathings (R) perform Viable at the Dinner Theater on the eve of the National Right to Life National Conference in Washington, DC in June 2021

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Gisele Gathings (L) and Scott Braxton (R) performing Viable at the Embrace 4 Texas First Fruits Dinner Theatre at St. Mary's Family Life Center, Austin Texas - April 23, 2022

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Gisele Gathings (L) and Scott Braxton (R) performing Viable at the Embrace 4 Texas First Fruits Dinner Theatre at St. Mary's Family Life Center, Austin Texas - April 23, 2022

The Cast of Viable visits four cities in Arkansas

Viable cast with Debby Juhlke (Red Dress Front Row), Founder and CEO of Embrace 4 Texas, her Board and staff. St. Mary's Family Life Center, Austin Texas - April 23, 2022

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Viable writer/producer, John Hoover, with Alveda King in Atlanta, GA November 2019

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Viable writer/producer, John Hoover, with Abby Johnson in Greenville, SC August 2020

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After an October 25, 2022 performance of Viable at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Georgia, cast members pose with Patrick Braski of Chick-fil-a (far left), Lenoris Daniels of Georgia Right to Life, Actor Scott Braxton (George), Warner Robins, GA Mayor, LaRhonda Patrick, Actor Gisele Gathings (Judy), Actor Rayana Briggs (Church Counselor), Christine Braski, Georgia Right to Life, and Producer/Director, John Hoover (far right).


VIABLE CAST

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Judy: Gisele Gathings

Gisele Gathings is a multi-talented, multi-media personality. She has performed as an actress, featured vocalist, talk show host, news anchor, and media personality on television, radio, and film as well as the stage. Toyota and Fiat are only a few of her commercial appearances. Gisele's featured vocal performances include Kylie Odetta, SpeakEasy Jazz, Lakia Club, Razz Ma Jazz Band, Grady Hodges Group, and many others throughout the Southeast, Los Angeles, and in Tuscany, Italy. She has appeared in a wide variety of productions at Greenville Little Theater, Center Stage, South Carolina Children's Theater, and Gunther Theater at The Peace Center. Gisele has performed principal roles in productions such as Mac’s Diner, Ghost the Musical, Intimate Apparel, A Month of Sundays, Memories of the Game, Jesus Christ Superstar, Christmas Wish, Cinderella, Purlie, and Working. The pre-show music is performed by Gisele. Click Here

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Church Counselor: Kimberly Jackson (Original Cast and Select Tour Performances)

Kimberly Jackson feels blessed to be a part of Viable. Her past roles include: Dreamgirls (Stepp Sister/Les Styles/Ensemble) at Greenville Center Stage, Ragtime (Person of Harlem/Haitian Immigrant Ensemble), Hairspray (Harriet/Beatnick/Ensemble), and Miracle on 34th Street (Dutch Girl’s Mother) at Greenville Little Theater. Kimberly has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in theater. She writes: “First I’d like to thank God for presenting me with an opportunity to use my skills and talents, to give Him all the honor, and glory, and praise. Second, thanks to my mom, Donna Jackson, my biggest supporter (ISGYM), and my other family and friends who continue to support me. Third, I thank God that I am able to be a part of this journey with this amazing cast and crew.” 1 Corinthians 10:31; Proverbs 16:3; Colossians 3:23-24

Rayana Briggs

Church Counselor: Rayana Briggs (Alternate for Live Performances)

Rayana D. Briggs is a performing artist, business consultant, and media personality from Columbia, SC. She is a graduate of Winthrop University, obtaining her B.A. in Theatre Performance with a minor in Psychology. As a theatre/film actress, vocalist, and dancer amongst professional theaters, such as: Workshop Theatre, Trustus Theatre, and FOX, Briggs also serves as a producing manager, creative director, and brand content strategist for local production companies. You might have also seen her on Paramount+, BET+, and HULU.

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Church Counselor: Naza Usher (Alternate for Live Performances)

Currently based in Atlanta, when Naza is not on set, she stays busy helping with her family in ministry, creating her own content on her YouTube channel and trying not to sing too loud in the shower. Committed to philanthropy, she serves as a founding board member and the board secretary for the House of Artist Foundation, a non-profit organization that teaches life skills and the arts to individuals on the autistic spectrum. She also performs regularly with Atlanta Theatre To Go in nursing home communities for Seniors. After receiving her BA in Theatre from SUNY Buffalo. Naza launched an acting career on stage. Her regional and New York theatre credits include Street Scene with Brave New World Repertory Theatre, which was named one of “The 25 Best Stage Shows of 2013” by TheLMagazine.com. She has also performed with Open Hydrant Theatre, the only AEA ensemble theatre company in the Bronx, Growing Stage, White Plains Performing Arts Center and Black Spectrum Theatre. Devoted to working with children, Naza has performed as a storyteller and teaching artist in New York City and New Jersey with various organizations including ENACT and Winceyco. A few of her film and television credits include, Walkaway, STIL, Endless Summer, Clipped Wings, They Do Fly featuring legendary actor Bill Duke, Hap and Leonard, and the TV-One hit show, Fatal Attraction.

Scott Braxton

George: Scott Braxton

Scott first worked with writer/director/producer, John Hoover, 35 years ago in Los Angeles when he played a retired NFL Player and nightclub owner of the Pigskin Palace in the new musical, First Billboard on the Moon, which premiered at the Los Angeles Variety Arts Theater. Scott is the brother of Aleta Braxton-O'Brien, who has performed for over thirty years with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, the Roger Wagner Chorale, the Jubilee Singers, and who has appeared in dozens of motion pictures, television shows, and advertisements. Scott is the son of Frank Braxton, who was the first African-American animator in Hollywood. Scott's talents steered him into education, and he became the principal of the most expensive high school ever built in the United States in downtown Los Angeles. One of Scott's children is a journalist, and the other works for an entertainment firm in LA. Now retired from LA Unified, Scott joins us from California to continue his acting career in service his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Nia Anthony

Stage Manager: Nia Anthony

Nia graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor's in Psychology in 2018. Since then, she’s worked in Sales, HR, and Human services. Nia’s had a special relationship with music from the time she was born. She’s been singing as long as she can remember, and started playing her first instrument when she was in the 4th grade. She plays upright and electric bass and acoustic guitar. As a musical artist, Nia has performed at various events for Winthrop University, The City of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and in Charlotte. Her new album “The Recliner” is on most platforms under her stage name Kaydence Day, as well as the first music video she wrote and helped produce. Nia's goal is to bring healing to people one interaction at a time. Nia is excited to work with the cast of Viable in their journey to spread God’s healing and love.

John Hoover

Writer / Producer / Director: John Hoover

John is a former writer/producer of live shows for Disney and Divisional General Manager/Executive Producer for electronic publishing at McGraw-Hill. He has written/produced/directed live and televised performances by Mohammad Ali, Pearl Bailey, Glenn Campbell, Richard Carpenter, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Vicki Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Fred MacMurray, Robert Redford, Jimmy Stewart, and dozens more. He started with Broadway tours of Company, Fiddler, Follies, and Zorba. John now coaches chief executives around the world in all industries, including ABC/Disney/ESPN, NBC, and HBO. He is a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen leadership and psychology books for Amacom, Career Press, HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, St. Martin's Press, Sage, and Wiley. Dr. Hoover has lectured on leadership coaching at American Management Association, Amherst, Columbia, NYU, Vanderbilt, and Yale. John is still an executive coach and coaching supervisor. But, he has now dedicated his creative talents to glorifying God and advancing His Kingdom through stage, screen, and Christian books. ChristianCreativeMedia.org.

Please join us in spreading this unique, jubilant experience that informs and educates about how powerfully the love of Christ can transform lives. Christian Creative Media produces and licenses Christian productions in churches, theaters, universities, and conferences. You can license your own production of Viable, engage Dr. Hoover as a visiting director, or bring a Viable professional cast to your church or organization just by contacting us. Thanks in advance for your prayerful support. Christian Creative Media is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation - IRS Tax ID #83-4497158. You can donate here. We look forward to meeting you at one of our performances.


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