Those who share a fascination with the intersection of whimsy and the disturbing, who sense the ties that bind the present to the past, and who elevate the colloquial, the pastoral through their own work, will understand the disjointed planes I try to connect.
A Rural American playwright raised in Alabama, New Mexico and West Texas, Kelly’s aesthetic view is a fusion of Southern Appalachian and Southwest U.S. culture and heavily influenced by the literary genres of Magical Realism, Romanticism and Gothicism. She is author of the Southern Gothic crime noir, To Tread Among Serpents (Winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition, O'Neill Semi-finalist) and the dark comedy western, The Hall of Final Ruin (Princess Grace Semi-finalist, BAPF Semi-finalist, Renaissance Theaterworks Brink! Award). Other plays include A Poison Squad of Whispering Women (BAPF Finalist), The Resurrection of the Publick Universal Friend, El Loro, El Gato Y El Espíritu Santo (or The Parrot, the Cat, and the Holy Ghost) (YouthPLAYS) and The Show Must NOT Go On! (Cambridge University Press Finalist). Her plays have been developed or produced by The Barter Theatre (VA), Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), Something Marvelous (Chicago), The Bechdel Group (NY), Teatro Vivo, (Austin), Jacksonville State University (AL), Raíces Theatre Company (Buffalo), Durango Arts Center (CO), Khaos Company Theatre (Indianapolis), Tennessee Stage Company, Something Something Theatre (Tucson), Outpost Repertory Theatre (Lubbock), and the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette (IN). Prominent themes in her writing include death, religion, money, vice, race, class, and gender. Kelly has a degree in Theatre Arts and an English Literature minor from the University of New Mexico and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.