“Labor of Love” is a new three-act play by NAACP Award-winning playwright, Kosmond Russell, and directed by NAACP award-winning actress and American Idol finalist Kinnik Sky.
Russell, who also penned “The Message,” “The Visit” and “The Marriage,” said love inspired him to write his latest work.
“Everyone needs love. Even when we discover that love has its challenges, at the end of the day we still are in search of acceptance. Love is life. Life is Love,” declared Russell, who has written several plays for the faith-based community. He described his recent play, “The Message,” as “a powerful and joyous gospel musical, which celebrates the wondrous majesty of the Black Church.”
In “Labor of Love,” Russell said he uses comedy and drama to explore the virtues and complexities of three couples that are in love, but are challenged with poor communication skills and as a consequence, faced with life-altering decisions.
“Enter Dr. Richard ‘Rich’ Harper, a psychologist/mediator that is burnt out with his profession and would rather be living his dream of imitating his idol, Rodney Dangerfield, via stand-up comedy at the local comedy clubs,” explained Russell. “There are three couples, three stories and three decisions that must be made about their relationships. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most importantly you will leave the theater excited and willing to talk to the one that you love.”
The cast includes Rhonda Morman, Audrey Harris, Robb Skyler, Jermaine Jacox, Toyin Moses, Marbry Steward and Nick Checket.
“Labor of Love” will be presented as a live-action staged reading’ on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m., at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Ave., in Los Angeles. The ticket donation is $15 in advance at kosmond.com and $20 at the door.
“If you believe in love or if you want to, don’t miss this wonderful play full of heart, soul and humor,” insisted Russell.