What's New & What's Next
2021: "Intermission" is almost over....
Places for the Top of ACT II!
Kelly is thrilled to be fully vaccinated and ready dive into a Fall full of exciting new projects.
Following the success of THE CONGRESSWOMEN, the Weathervane Theatre has commissioned Kelly to write a new play (see below). Meanwhile, THE CONGRESSWOMEN is now available on New Play Exchange.
Kelly just wrapped filming the role of "Carly" in Zander Kirby's indie feature film B&B WITH ME. More info to come!
'Come On and ZOOM!' (aka: How We PLAY-ed last Year)
While our 2020 visions of gathering together stayed on hold, Kelly joined fellow artists to bring some 'live" entertainment (virtually) to audiences during quarantine. Kelly participated readings for awesome organizations such as
NEW YORK STAGE AND FILM, Menaced Minds Productions, as well as the brand new COMPANY-19. For the latter, Kelly played "Mo" in a live-streamed reading of THE RELIGION THING by Renee Calarco, which is currently available via the linked image below.
The Thanksgiving Play at Warehouse Theatre
Kelly spent the last months of 2019 appearing as "Logan" in
THE THANKSGIVING PLAY.
Kelly had a fabulous time appearing in the sold-out run of the Warehouse Theatre's production in her native South Carolina. Check out Kelly's interview with WSPA's YOUR CAROLINA (left). THE THANKSGIVING PLAY is a satire by Larissa Fasthorse, and was directed by Kerrie Seymour.
photos by Will Crooks (press) and Wallace Krebs (production)
Kelly can be heard as part of the cast of HENRY IV on both RADIO SHAKESPEARE EXCHANGE and TABLING, the PODCAST! If you've ever wondered what it's like to hear a cast of actors work through a Shakespeare text, TABLING the Podcast is for you! HENRY IV was directed by Tabling founder, Ariana Karp.
Kelly was honored to bring an updated version of THE CONGRESSWOMEN (directed by Ethan Paulini) to the first AEA-approved theatre to safely reopen for indoor & in-person seating post the COVID shutdown. NH's Weathervane Theatre presented THE CONGRESSWOMEN both in-person and virtually in October, right before the 2020 Election.
Kelly appeared alongside Broadway's Elena Shaddow (Best Performance by an Actress Winner- NYMF 2019) in Riley Thomas' new musical, MY REAL MOTHER, as part of the 2019 New York Musical Festival (NYMF). The musical played the Signature Theatre and was directed by Misti B. Wills.
Kelly recently played "Praxagora" in the World Premiere of THE CONGRESSWOMEN at the newly revamped FringeNYC. Kelly also penned this original adaptation of the Aristophanes' satire - putting a modern political spin on the classic comedy. Ducdame Ensemble's production received critical praise, which can be read HERE.
Kelly can now be seen as "Rachel" in BEN & LUCY, a heartwarming story of a lonely vampire in search of a roommate. "Ben & Lucy" recently won the BEST NEW MEDIA Award at the Golden Door International Film Festival. You can currently stream the series on Amazon Prime.
Kelly was happy to be be back in the studio to record the RIP! THE MUSICAL - a tender and hilarious retelling of the Washington Irving story - by Michael Berkeley and Ray Roderick. Kelly previously appeared in the staged reading of RIP! and can be heard on the recording in the roles of "Dame Vedder" and "Johanna."
Bob Giraldi's short film, SUPERFRIENDS, has recently been screened in several short film festivals, including FilmColumbia in NYC. Kelly plays the role of "Allison" in this quirky comedy about the trials and triumphs of female friendship starring Kathy Searle, Alison Frasier, and Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy.
Working on new plays and adaptations of existing stories is one of Kelly's favorite things to do! Recently, she's been a part of the development of the following pieces:
- CURFEW by Stan Richardson
- W.I.N.G.S. by Zanne Hall
- WHEN SANTA FELL TO EARTH, the MUSICAL by Laura Crook, John Kielty and Mark Hartman
- R.A.G.S. by Zander Kirby
- THE ENCHANTMENT by Victoria Benedictsson, Adapted by Tommy Lexen