Professor Kelly’s Plays Published and Competing

October 17 2016
Category: Faculty

John Kelly

Professor John J. Kelly, Director of the Theatre Program, continues his playwriting success with new publication and competition opportunities.

His short play, titled Special, was recently selected for inclusion in the anthology, Best 5-Minute Plays for Teens, to be published in January by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. Additionally, his play WC (war crimes) has been chosen a finalist in the Roots of the Bluegrass competition in Kentucky. Final selection of the winning entry will be November 11 in Lexington.

WC (war crimes) was presented in Elmira as a staged reading this past January at the Arnot Art Museum. The two-evening event served as a fundraiser for local charities. Elmira College, the Arnot Art Museum, and the Chemung County Sunrise Rotary Club all combined efforts to present the production.

Kelly, whose plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C., recently completed a full-length work, Possibilities (about the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II), which is currently under consideration for production by several theatre companies.

A new, as yet unfinished full-length work, aide et réconfort (about French women who offered aid and comfort to German soldiers during World War II,) is to be completed and presented this February.  The College will once again collaborate with the Arnot Art Museum and a local Rotary Club to make this production a fundraiser for local charities.