Sunday, August 1, 2021

Kosmond Russell’s ‘The Sermon’ – A Father’s Day Must See Event / WATCH

Petri Hawkins Byrd
Petri Hawkins Byrd stars as God in The Sermon Play by Kosmond Russell. The free event premieres Fathers Day weekend 2020 on Youtube.

*Kosmond Russell presents “The Sermon,” a virtual play starring renown gospel singer Tony Grant (Tyler Perry’s Love thy Neighbor) and Petri Hawkins-Byrd (accomplished actor and bailiff from Judge Judy).

Through the clever imagination and creative wit of award-winning writer, producer and director Kosmond Russell, The Sermon Play shows an upfront and candid relationship with God (played by Petri Hawkins-Byrd) and Emanuel (played by Tony Grant).

Tony Grant
Tony Grant stars as Emanuel in Kosmond Russell’s The Sermon Play. Premieres on YouTube Father’s Day weekend 2020

Mr. Grant takes us on a journey with new school and old school Gospel and preaching, while Mr. Byrd, brings the sidesplitting humor and the power of God in a Tour De Force performance that will leave you speechless.

The Sermon Play is written by NAACP Theater Award Winning Playwright Kosmond Russell (The Visit, The Marriage, Child Support, The Message and a host of others).

WATCH ‘The Sermon Play’ BELOW

Kosmond Russell: “The Sermon shows how we are made in God’s image and how He simply wants us to have a rich life and to live it with purpose, conviction and joy. It also addresses today’s topics of Covid 19 and Racism.”

Celebrity endorsements for The Sermon Play are pouring in.  Among those touting it are James Pickens, Jr, Aloma Wright, Marla Gibbs, Angela Gibbs, Nick Checket, Edwonda White and many more.

The Sermon Play premieres on YouTube on Saturday June 20th 2020 at noon Pacific Standard Time and 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time and will run thru midnight on Father’s Day June 21st 2020.

The run time of The Sermon Play is :51 minutes and is a family friendly presentation.  Experience Free Live Theater in the comfort of your home.



Log in at for more info and access.  The Sermon Play is also produced by Darin Craddolph and Alyssa Najafi with narration and oration by LaRita Shelby.

Music by Cedric Lilly, Gail Johnson and Chika Kaba Ma’ atunde.  Special thanks to The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

Kosmond Russell is an NAACP Theater Award-Winning Playwright whose plays include: The Visit, The Marriage, Child Support, The Message and a host of others.

Contact: Kosmond Russell (626)343-6524 or email: [email protected]


LaRita Shelby cropped slate shot

LaRita “Jazzy Rita” Shelby is a writer & entertainer and Director of Digital Strategy & Sales for, newly branded Everything Urban & Radioscope.  Winner of MIMPA’S 2020 Entertainment Journalist of the Year Award & Proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho.  LaRita is the author of The Brand Beside the Brand and On My Father’s Side. Chat, swap ideas & vision at [email protected]

LaRita Shelby
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as Director of Digital Strategy and Sales at Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film.



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