*Veteran stage actress and a top 13 “American Idol” finalist Kinnik Sky will add one more feather to her already full cap—playwright—when her first theater project opens in September at Stage 52 in Los Angeles.

“Sunday Mourning” is the story of a bright, beautiful woman who is living the “American Dream” that quickly turns into a nightmare. Using humor to handle the heartache, Sky has created a story that will take audiences on an emotional roller coaster ride as main character Sunday discovers the truth about herself, her world and her long-lost dream.

“I’ve been doing theater since I was seven years old, so it was the most natural thing in the world for me to write a play,” says Sky, who crafted “Sunday Mourning” in four days of intense writing.

What prompted Sky to write the play was questioning the fact that if a person in your life is not helping you accelerate to achieve your destiny, should that person be in your life? Sky hopes “Sunday Mourning” will motivate and inspire viewers to sidestep their fears and aim for their own destinies.

While the production is her first venture as the power-behind-the-play, Sky is no stranger to live theater. She is a veteran stage actress who finished in the top 13 on season five of “American Idol.”

Additionally, she won the Dreamgirls contest co-sponsored by the Ahmanson Theatre and Blackweekly.com in 2010. The win afforded the multi-talented performer an opportunity to travel to Italy to sing. Sky has also honed her theatrical skills working for some of the hottest producers in the industry today including Tyler Perry (“Madea’s Family Reunion”), Robert Townsend (“Playhouse 22”television series on cable’s Black Family Channel) and Kenny Leon (“Flying West” and “Tambourines to Glory”).

For “Sunday Mourning,” Sky has teamed up with director Keena Ferguson, “Brown Betties,” “The Bachelorette Party,” and “Dating While Black” to mount Sunday Mourning, which is a one hour and 45-minute dramedy that also features a cast of talented local performers.

The show opens Friday Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. and the final performance is Sunday Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 each or $20 for groups of 10 or more.

Stage 52 is located at 5299 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles (just two blocks west of Redondo Boulevard.)



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