*First-time playwright and American Idol finalist Kinnik Sky has garnered seven theater award nominations from the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP branch for her inaugural theatrical production “Sunday Mourning.”
“My vision for how this production would be received was great, but God has blown right past anything I imagined.” said Sky, who finished in the top 13 of Season 5 of American Idol.
“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 created a drama that took audiences on an emotional roller coaster ride as main character Sunday discovers the truth about herself, her world and her long-lost dream.
Sky’s NAACP nominations include one for best playwright local as well as for best male and female leads, best female and male supporting, and best lighting design.
The 22nd annual NAACP Theatre Awards will be held Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood.
To be considered for an award in one of 32 categories, productions must have appeared on stage between January and December of 2011 for at least a five consecutive-week run.
The theater awards are designed to honor some of the best thespians in the field and takes place in the mist of a four-theater festival.
Although “Sunday Mourning” is Sky’s first play, it is not her first foray into live
theater; that happened when she was a young child.
“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 won a 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 Class Reunion”), Robert Townsend (“Playhouse 22”television series on cable’s Black Family Channel) and Kenny Leon (“Flying West” and “Tambourines to Glory”).
Sky crafted “Sunday Mourning” in four days of intense writing, and what prompted her 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?
“Sunday Mourning is the first theatrical show under my production company Dazzal Mi Entertainment. For it to have been received the way that is has is truly a gift from God. This is only the beginning. Also under the Dazzal Mi Entertainment umbrella is a celebrity and entertainment news series that I host called ‘Straight from the Sky’ which can be seen on StraightfromThesky.com.
“As for my music, I’ve been in the studio working on a new song I wrote entitled “Stronger Than You Know”. This song is very personal for me. Like most of us, I have had to overcome a lot of pain, struggle and adversity to get to where I am. That’s why I wrote the song. It has a message the world needs at this very moment. I have so many life-changing stories and ideas waiting to unfold.
“It’s been a long time coming–writing. producing. acting. singing–I have a lot to share with the world!
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