What's New & What's Next
It's a new day, it's a new dawn, it's a NEW YEAR!
Kelly is happily starting this hopeful new year off with some exciting projects. Her script of THE CONGRESSWOMEN in now available on New Play Exchange, and she will soon be heard as part of the cast of HENRY IV on both RADIO SHAKESPEARE EXCHANGE and TABLING, the PODCAST!
2020 RECAP: Staying Creative amidst COVID
What. A. Year. Right?!?
Kelly, along with so many friends and colleagues, grieved (and still grieves) the loss of the Broadway, Off-Broadway, & Regional season/s cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. But this pales in comparison to the loss of lives of friends, heroes, and fellow world citizens. Amidst the dark year that was 2020, there were, graciously and fortunately, still some bright sparks of creative light.
Check out a few of those highlights below...
THE CONGRESSWOMEN - LIVE at the WEATHERVANE!
Kelly was thrilled to bring an updated version of her adaptation of this Aristophanes' comedy to the first AEA-approved theatre to safely reopen for indoor & in-person seating during the COVID pandemic. New Hampshire's Weathervane Theatre presented THE CONGRESSWOMEN both in-person and virtually in October, right before the 2020 Election. Kelly appeared as "Praxagora" in the staged-reading directed by Ethan Paulini. Read more about the event on BroadwayWorld (here).
photo by Lew Whitener
'Come On and ZOOM!' (aka: How We PLAY-ed this 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 still 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)
Starring Elena Shaddow (Best Performance by an Actress Winner- NYMF 2019), MY REAL MOTHER tells the story of an open adoption. Chronicling 25 years of a tumultuous and powerful relationship, Alaina (the adoptive mother) and Alex (the birth mother) make up the rules as they go along, colliding with their families, jobs and obligations, determined to ensure the child turns out alright. Narrated by Sara, the young woman that baby grows up to be, My Real Mother is filled with humor and heart set to a lush, contemporary musical theatre score. Misti B. Wills directed the production, choreographed by Shannon Lewis.
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