Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

A small town, 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. A member of the Dramatists Guild and a Sewanee Writers' Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar, Kelly is the Winner of the Southern Playwrights...
A small town, 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. A member of the Dramatists Guild and a Sewanee Writers' Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar, Kelly is the Winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition, StageRaw (LA) playwriting award, a BAPF Finalist and Semi-Finalist, a Garry Marshall Finalist, a Stowe Story Labs Finalist, an O’Neill Semi-Finalist, and a two-time Princess Grace Semi-Finalist. Her plays have been produced or developed by theaters from Off-Off-Broadway to LA, Chicago to Chile and published by YouthPLAYS.

Plays

  • The Hall of Final Ruin
    Finalist - Stowe Story Labs
    Semi-finalist - Princess Grace (twice), BAPF Playwrights Foundation, Garry Marshall

    FULL LENGTH 97 pgs - Someday, the ‘madrina’ of 19th century Santa Fe would like to die a good Catholic death and be buried in her beloved church, La Parrochia. But Death is coming sooner than she thinks and the arrival of a needy Protestant, a fortune in gold, and the invasion...
    Finalist - Stowe Story Labs
    Semi-finalist - Princess Grace (twice), BAPF Playwrights Foundation, Garry Marshall

    FULL LENGTH 97 pgs - Someday, the ‘madrina’ of 19th century Santa Fe would like to die a good Catholic death and be buried in her beloved church, La Parrochia. But Death is coming sooner than she thinks and the arrival of a needy Protestant, a fortune in gold, and the invasion of the American Army complicate her perfect exit into Purgatory. In order to save her family from ruin and earn her way into Heaven, the gambler must orchestrate a final, high-stakes card game in which all is both lost and won.
  • To Tread Among Serpents
    Winner - Southern Playwrights Competition
    Semi-Finalist - O'Neill

    FULL LENGTH 65 pgs - In 1959, a New York reporter is sent deep into Southern Appalachia to cover the gruesome ax murders of two men. What she finds is a publishing jackpot - a confessed killer with cover girl appeal. An escalating battle for control emerges when the women’s dual pursuit of illicit wealth and lurid...
    Winner - Southern Playwrights Competition
    Semi-Finalist - O'Neill

    FULL LENGTH 65 pgs - In 1959, a New York reporter is sent deep into Southern Appalachia to cover the gruesome ax murders of two men. What she finds is a publishing jackpot - a confessed killer with cover girl appeal. An escalating battle for control emerges when the women’s dual pursuit of illicit wealth and lurid public adoration brings out the Devil in them both.
  • A Poison Squad of Whispering Women
    Finalist - BAPF Playwrights Foundation

    FULL LENGTH 100 pgs - When a professor withdraws to a small-town boarding house to finish her manuscript on the ‘model American town,’ she becomes involved in her student’s soured romance with an abusive politician. Finding herself aligned with the ‘poison squad’, she helps launch a whisper campaign to end the future congressman’s harassment and ultimately...
    Finalist - BAPF Playwrights Foundation

    FULL LENGTH 100 pgs - When a professor withdraws to a small-town boarding house to finish her manuscript on the ‘model American town,’ she becomes involved in her student’s soured romance with an abusive politician. Finding herself aligned with the ‘poison squad’, she helps launch a whisper campaign to end the future congressman’s harassment and ultimately his career. But she underestimates how far the corrupt politician will go to protect his empire, and learns how far she will be pushed to save herself.
  • Second Death of a Mad Wife
    FULL LENGTH 59 pgs - Whatever happened to Jack the Ripper’s wife? Bunny Maybrick began life in an opulent Alabama mansion and is ending it in a squalid shack full of cats in rural Connecticut. She’s already given away most of her meager belongings, but the heavy contents of her soul are harder to leave behind. That is, until a local prep school boy, Theo Voss, becomes an accomplice in Bunny’s meandering, mad,...
    FULL LENGTH 59 pgs - Whatever happened to Jack the Ripper’s wife? Bunny Maybrick began life in an opulent Alabama mansion and is ending it in a squalid shack full of cats in rural Connecticut. She’s already given away most of her meager belongings, but the heavy contents of her soul are harder to leave behind. That is, until a local prep school boy, Theo Voss, becomes an accomplice in Bunny’s meandering, mad, death-bed confession – one that includes adultery, arsenic addiction, and murder.
  • Maria Rasputin in Spangleland
    FULL LENGTH 84 pgs (draft seeking workshop) - With her father’s name as capital, Maria Rasputin’s only escape from poverty is performing in the circus. When a long-lost childhood friend returns from the dead, it fires Maria’s dream of returning to the imperial court and her privileged life in Tsarist Russia. False hope fueled by lies and desire leads to the reunion’s unraveling, revealing one - or both - is not who they seem.
  • The Resurrection of the Publick Universal Friend
    FULL LENGTH 74 pgs (seeking workshop) - A wayward disciple returns to keep a vigil with the corpse of the prophet he once betrayed. But he’s confronted by the charlatan’s most zealous supporter, who uses the former follower’s own transgressions to undermine his search for the truth. What does it cost the soul to lie if it comforts the faithful?
  • Cat Funeral
    10 MINUTE - A mourning pet owner gathers her friends for a séance, but the response from the spiritual realm is upended by the digital world.
  • Two Yards of Satan
    10 MINUTE - Pam ordered two yards of satin to finish a Holy Communion dress, but a typo results in her getting a six foot tall Satan instead.
  • El Loro, El Gato y El Espiritu Santo (or The Parrot, the Cat and the Holy Ghost)
    10 MINUTE - With their pious neighbor's precious parrot dead and their cat the prime suspect, three sisters are about to engage in the mother of all cover-ups.
  • Sock Puppet Fetish Noir
    10 MINUTE - Jane's socks are missing, and she needs the help of "Darrell", a sock puppet investigator, to find them. But "Darrell" has issues. As it turns out, so does Jane.
  • Closedbook
    10 MINUTE - A "vampire" computer virus unleashes the Dead from Facebook.
  • End of an Era
    10 MINUTE - The old ‘Lady Addington’ is being retired from the show and replaced by the new (and younger) ‘Lady Addington,’ but not before the more experienced diva teaches the upstart actress a few brutal, backstage, battlefield tactics.
  • The Show Must NOT Go On!
    10 MINUTE - The loss of a key actor in a community production of Hamlet presents the opportunity of a lifetime for the theatre’s longtime janitor whose zealous enthusiasm gives all new meaning to the expression “take the stage!”
  • Suicide Hotline
    10 MINUTE - When Jim, an unemployed loser, gets a wrong number call meant for the suicide hotline, he tries to help in all the wrong ways.
  • The Garden Path to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
    10 MINUTES - The friendly HOA president is looking forward to spring, the pandemic's end, and Game Day! But his neighbor, an unrepentant master gardener, needs just a few minutes of his time to help her with some simple tasks in the garden. In a matter of minutes, the president finds himself on the other side of the law when the yard chores turn hilariously criminal.
  • How to Pill a Cat in Three Easy Steps
    MONOLOGUE - A. Cat provides a tutorial on this unpleasant but often necessary task.
  • The Girl in the Wall
    MONOLOGUE - Steeped in religion and the supernatural, an Appalachian woman explains death, dying, and damnation through a pivotal childhood memory.