Professor Kelly’s Play Wins Competition

December 05 2016
Category: The Arts

A short play written by Professor John J. Kelly, Director of the Theatre Program, recently won “full-play category” in the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest in Lexington, Kentucky.

The play, titled 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., plans to have another play completed and presented this February. The piece, titled aide et réconfort is about French women who offer aid and comfort to German soldiers during World War II. Kelly plans to present the play as a charity fundraiser. 

John Kelly Kentucky Play Competition
Prof. John Kelly with director Kathi E.B. Ellis (center) and student actors from the University of Kentucky Theatre and Dance Program at the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest in Lexington.