JAC Publishing & Promotions
by Thomas M. Kelly
LIAM TIBBETS: 65-70: The blind owner of a
clock repair shop.
A present day wee clock shop in the small city in New York state. Stage left: a door entering from the street. Center stage: a customer counter. Stage right: a grandfather clock. A near empty line of shelves containing only a mantel clock. They are waiting to be picked up by their owners. A lone cuckoo clock hanging on the wall. Center stage is a workbench containing tools of a clockmaker and an old clock in the stages of being repaired. Three antique clocks, mantle or wall, of any description. The most common are the hump-back mantel clocks.
Liam Tibbets is an aging clockmaker in a small city in upstate New York. Zachary Tibbets, his son, a professor of English at the University of Virginia will be visiting. Zach discovers during his visit that his father is beginning to show signs of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Zach is torn between teaching and leaving his position at UVA to take care of his father or taking him to Virginia. This, coupled with a newly discovered love in his life, places a great deal of stress upon him.
“There is no single Alzheimer's personality, just as there is no single human personality. All patients must be treated as the individuals they continue to be, even after their social self has vanished.” <Source: The American Journal of Alzheimer's Care and Related Disorders & Research, Nov/Dec 1989.>
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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