GMC TV Presents An Original World Premiere Gospel Play 'For Richer Or Poorer'
First In Series of Four Wedding Vow-Themed Plays
Rockmond Dunbar, GRAMMY Award-Winner Letoya Luckett, Angell Conwell and Clifton Powell Lead an Esemble Cast Featuring Four-Time GRAMMY Award-Winning Gospel Icon Karen Clark Sheard In Her Television Acting Debut
Premieres Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 PM ET Exclusively on GMC, the Seventh Installment in GMC's Cornerstone Original "GMC Playhouse Series"
ATLANTA, GA. March 27, 2012 – GMC TV, America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, presents the GMC World Premiere of “For Richer or Poorer” a new original gospel play produced exclusively for television starring Rockmond Dunbar (The Family That Preys, “Soul Food”), two-time Grammy© Award-winning R&B singer LeToya Luckett (“Tremé”, Killers), Angell Conwell (“The Young and the Restless”, Baby Boy) and gospel music superstar Karen Clark Sheard – a four-time Grammy© Award-winning singer, musician and songwriter making her television acting debut. The inspirational drama about the marital challenges a couple faces after a financial setback is the first in a series of four wedding vow-themed productions that will air on the network in 2012. “For Richer or Poorer” makes its world television premiere exclusively on GMC TV on Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 P.M. ET with encore broadcasts at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Based on an original screenplay written by Cas Sigers Beedles (“A Cross to Bear”, “If You Really Love Me”) and directed by Roger Melvin (“The Love You Save,” “If You Really Love Me”), “For Richer or Poorer” tells the timely and compelling story of Kya (Luckett) and Aubrey Wilson (Dunbar) – a blissfully married couple whose four years of wedlock have been remarkably conflict-free. But the couple’s union is profoundly tested when Aubrey suddenly loses his six-figure job after a company audit reveals his boss was embezzling funds. Kya blames Aubrey for not knowing about his boss and for failing to invest more to secure their future; Aubrey blames Kya for her lavish lifestyle and not saving money for a rainy day. With no new high paying job in sight for Aubrey, the couple is forced to downsize: Kya must quit interior design school and kick her shopping habit. Aubrey has to take a job at a fraction of his last just to bring something into the household. With their marriage crumbling under the financial strain, Kya considers moving back home, triggering Aubrey’s distrust. It will take friends, family and an act of God to bring these two back together to work through what it takes to make a marriage last.
“For Richer or Poorer” stars Rockmond Dunbar (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, “Soul Food”), LeToya Luckett (“Tremé”, Killers), Angell Conwell (“The Young and the Restless”, Baby Boy), Karen Clark Sheard, Chris Spencer (Postal, Black Dynamite), Buddy Lewis (“Vibe,” Pathology), Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbit), Regina McLeod (The Five Heartbeats) and Vonna Woodard. Screenplay by Cas Sigers Beedles (“A Cross to Bear," “If You Really Love Me”). Directed by Roger Melvin (“The Love You Save,” “If You Really Love Me”).
“For Richer or Poorer’s” story of a marriage tested by financial hardship is one I think many of our viewers will be able to relate to in the current economic climate,” says Leslie Chesloff, GMC’s executive vice president of programming. “Many families are losing jobs and homes – or worried about the possibility of losing jobs and homes – and are being forced to downsize. This story explores how a couple chooses to respond to this difficult situation. With wedding season kicking off, we thought it was the perfect time to explore this and other marital challenges and triumphs with this four-part gospel stage play series.”
Inspired by the vows that bind a couple in matrimony, GMC’s four-part nuptial series continues with “From This Day Forward” in May, “In Sickness and Health” in June and “To Love and Cherish” in September. Each play will feature a different cast and new storylines all tied into the wedding vow theme.
GMC’s "For Richer or Poorer” is produced by Swirl Films’ Eric Tomosunas, who has produced and taped numerous stage plays and feature-length films for television and DVD including Love for Sale, A Mother’s Prayer, There’s a Stranger in My House, 35 and Ticking, "Love Me or Leave Me”, “The Ideal Husband”, and “The Love You Save."
“For Richer or Poorer” is the seventh original gospel stage play to air in GMC’s hit series following the success of GMC productions “Love Me or Leave Me,” “The Ideal Husband,” “She’s Not Our Sister,” “The Love You Save,” and “If You Really Love Me.” GMC is the only network producing the popular medium and bringing it to a broad television audience.
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