Georgette Kelly

Georgette Kelly

Georgette Kelly is a playwright with one foot in New York and the other in Chicago. Her play BALLAST was featured on The Kilroys List 2015 and was chosen as a finalist in the 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Her play F*CK LA VIE D'ARTISTE received the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award in 2014. Georgette’s other plays include: IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE, HOW TO HERO...
Georgette Kelly is a playwright with one foot in New York and the other in Chicago. Her play BALLAST was featured on The Kilroys List 2015 and was chosen as a finalist in the 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Her play F*CK LA VIE D'ARTISTE received the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award in 2014. Georgette’s other plays include: IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE, HOW TO HERO OR THE SUBWAY PLAY, FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD, I CARRY YOUR HEART, and an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING. Her work has been developed by The Kennedy Center, The National New Play Network, The DC Source Festival, The Alliance Theatre, TerraNOVA Collective, Taffety Punk, Diversionary Theatre, Capital Stage, TOSOS, Prologue Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, and The City of Chicago DCASE. She is a member of the 2014-2015 TerraNOVA Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Chicago’s Writers WorkSpace. Georgette holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly.

Plays

  • Faith in a Fallen World
    Bethany is the only daughter of a charismatic creationist preacher who has founded The Museum of God's Creation in rural Kentucky. When Bethany returns home from her first year in a liberal arts college, she finds herself working retail in the museum's gift shop--until her Muslim boyfriend shows up and she must juggle two worlds and a big secret. Meanwhile, Bethany discovers a six-year-old girl who...
    Bethany is the only daughter of a charismatic creationist preacher who has founded The Museum of God's Creation in rural Kentucky. When Bethany returns home from her first year in a liberal arts college, she finds herself working retail in the museum's gift shop--until her Muslim boyfriend shows up and she must juggle two worlds and a big secret. Meanwhile, Bethany discovers a six-year-old girl who has been living in the museum and who promises to deliver a miracle.
  • how to hero, or the subway play
    (Flexible Casting or 2W, 2M, and 3W/M) Webster is 11, and he has a lot of questions: Why are the grown-ups building a new subway tunnel along Second Avenue? Why won’t his sister Rory stop stuttering? Why have all the words disappeared from his copy of Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology? And most importantly: is it still possible to visit the King of the Underworld to rescue a lost thing, for example, a...
    (Flexible Casting or 2W, 2M, and 3W/M) Webster is 11, and he has a lot of questions: Why are the grown-ups building a new subway tunnel along Second Avenue? Why won’t his sister Rory stop stuttering? Why have all the words disappeared from his copy of Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology? And most importantly: is it still possible to visit the King of the Underworld to rescue a lost thing, for example, a father? Webster, Rory, and their friend Madison try to answer these questions when they sneak into the new subway tunnel on a quest to find their lost words and their lost father. On the way, they meet a strange cast of characters (and rats!) who live under the streets of Manhattan.
  • Lighthousekeeping
    (Flexible Cast Size or 4W, 4M) Adapted from the novel by Jeanette Winterson. Silver, a young woman twice flung from home, learns to tell herself like a story, piecing together the disparate events that make up her life and connect her with those who came before her. While examining the structures we use to interpret our experiences, this epic journey of love, longing, and light explores the gambles and gifts...
    (Flexible Cast Size or 4W, 4M) Adapted from the novel by Jeanette Winterson. Silver, a young woman twice flung from home, learns to tell herself like a story, piecing together the disparate events that make up her life and connect her with those who came before her. While examining the structures we use to interpret our experiences, this epic journey of love, longing, and light explores the gambles and gifts of choosing change from one life to the next.
  • I Carry Your Heart
    (4W, 2M) Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, however, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess...
    (4W, 2M) Phoebe is a young poet, forever living in the shadow of her estranged mother’s literary acclaim. When her mother unexpectedly dies, however, Phoebe is left with two complicated legacies: donating her mother’s organs and reading her mother’s unpublished confessional journal. Meanwhile, Tess and her partner Lydia receive a late night phone call, informing them that a donor heart is available for Tess – good news, but news that has come far sooner than they were prepared for. As these two families form an unlikely connection, they struggle to understand the politics and poetics of organ donation—and they dare to hope that pieces of us can live on after great tragedy.
  • Ballast
    (5W, 2M: including 1 trans FTM and 1 trans MTF) What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Zoe dreams of flying—of escaping to new heights—while her wife, Grace, dreams of standing in a pulpit before a religious community that accepts her recent transition from male to female. 16-year-old Savannah dreams only of her first love, Xavier, who is coping with becoming a man. Meanwhile...
    (5W, 2M: including 1 trans FTM and 1 trans MTF) What does it mean to love someone in a moment of great transition? Zoe dreams of flying—of escaping to new heights—while her wife, Grace, dreams of standing in a pulpit before a religious community that accepts her recent transition from male to female. 16-year-old Savannah dreams only of her first love, Xavier, who is coping with becoming a man. Meanwhile Xavier is haunted by the nightmares he sees staring back at him from the mirror. Ballast tells the story of two relationships between transgender and cisgender partners, exploring not only the way gender influences our relationships, but also how gender seeps into our spirituality, our dreams, and even our ability to take flight.
  • In the Belly of the Whale, or the Jonah Play
    (3W, 2M) Astrid is a sculptor. Domino is a hoarder. Jona is a writer. Calliope is a parrot. They all live together—separately—in a Manhattan studio apartment building. When it begins to rain…and rain…and rain…they pile into one of Astrid’s sculptures and float out to sea. The adventure that ensues tests their endurance, as they lose one world and create another in the belly of a whale. This new take on...
    (3W, 2M) Astrid is a sculptor. Domino is a hoarder. Jona is a writer. Calliope is a parrot. They all live together—separately—in a Manhattan studio apartment building. When it begins to rain…and rain…and rain…they pile into one of Astrid’s sculptures and float out to sea. The adventure that ensues tests their endurance, as they lose one world and create another in the belly of a whale. This new take on the biblical story of Jonah asks the question: What does it mean to be swallowed, by a great fish? By a city? By yourself?
  • F*ck la vie d'artiste
    (2W, 1M) France, 2005: Zenab is an aspiring French-Moroccan artist, stuck giving tours of the room where Vincent Van Gogh died. When Vincent’s ghost begins to speak to her, she finds herself torn between her art and Avery, the American woman she’s fallen in love with. Meanwhile, race riots explode near Paris after two youths of color are killed in a police chase. Zenab joins the riots, easel in hand, to...
    (2W, 1M) France, 2005: Zenab is an aspiring French-Moroccan artist, stuck giving tours of the room where Vincent Van Gogh died. When Vincent’s ghost begins to speak to her, she finds herself torn between her art and Avery, the American woman she’s fallen in love with. Meanwhile, race riots explode near Paris after two youths of color are killed in a police chase. Zenab joins the riots, easel in hand, to paint her own version of France—one that digs deeper than the postcard-perfect veneer sold to tourists. Based on the true story of Bouna Traoré, 15 and Zyed Benna, 17, whose deaths inspired weeks of sustained rioting across France, this play asks the question: what does it mean when your own country sees you as an outsider?