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by Thomas M. Kelly
AISLINGE JACOBS: 20-22
A black box with a folding table and six chairs.
As part of the rehearsal process, the director,
David, holds table talk sessions with a reading of the playwright’s notes,
and partial readings of the play coupled with a bit of blocking to
‘flesh-out’ the characters and discover the strength of his actors. The
actors switch roles through the table talk and four of the blocked readings.
During this process he realizes more than he bargained for in the revelation
of prejudice, avarice, discrimination, intolerance and bigotry: perfect for
the requirements of the playwright, himself. By the end of the play the
group of disparate actors becomes a tightly knit, cohesive assemblage: an
ensemble. There are no nude or bloody scenes. There is no dialogue
between scenes, only action.
Thomas M. Kelly is the owner and Artistic director of the award-winning Thistle Dew Theatre, and founder of the Thistle Dew Playwrights Workshop. Local awards: Several Elly nominations and two Elly Awards: Best Overall Production for A Shayna Madel and best Set for Nighthawks and Night Café, based on the painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
He has written and produced many childrens plays. They feature Charlie (Prince Charlemagne de Coquille), a French Briard puppy, and Jay (Jaida de les Etoiles), a Persian Red Point feline This is not our backyard, Charlie, Youre in trouble now, Charlie, and Wake up, Jay! Its Christmas!, 2006 winner of four local Elly Awards for Young Peoples Theatre including Best Overall production.
Kellys honors: The Butterfly Within is included in the Eileen Heckart Senior Drama Archives in the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State University.
JAC Publishing & Promotions has published the following Kelly plays:
Fana! (The ordeal of three trapped survivors of suicide bomb blasts who spend their last hours justifying their lives and religions: two very honestly; the third very deceitfully. In a mental duel, the three argue the rationale of murder/suicide bombings using the Quran, Hindu philosophy and the Torah as authority.); and
smile, and smile, and be a villain (A frightening glimpse at the life of a victim of Borderline Personality Disorder).
A Political Cartoon Play
Ba-Bang! A Political Cartoon Play
Some of Kellys other works:
8/6/10 - Thomas M. Kelly Buzz: Sac Live: Thistle Dew Theatre presents comedic helping of "Thirds" by Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento (CA) Bee
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