elizabeth m. kelly
elizabeth m. kelly
writer. actor. madcap about town.

writer.


Resume & Bio

Elizabeth is a writer living in New York City whose plays have been finalists and semi-finalists for the Woodward/Newman Award, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, the American Shakespeare Center, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Princess Grace Awards, Blue Ink Award and nominated for the Lark Venturous Playwright Fellowship. She is a writer member of The Actor’s Studio, José Rivera’s writer’s group, as well as Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Writing. Her work for the stage has been seen/read at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, The Actors Studio, New Neighborhood, Primary Stages, ESPA Detention at Jimmy’s No. 43, The Abingdon Theatre, The Drama League and Six Part Productions. She has written for the screen, contributed as an essayist and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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goings on…

 

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full length stage plays

I Don’t Believe in Fairies

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short plays

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Paris, New York City, Hong Kong, Chicago, Tokyo, London, Barcelona

A modern morality play in which Girl must travel the world encountering: Time, Expectation / Lies / Heartache, Apathy and Deja Vu in order to just… enjoy the silence...

It's Only A Movie

Uh-oh! Looks like it's curtains for the Smith Sisters as they aim to set free the girls of  Motorcycle Annie's Modeling & Talent Agency, LLC and Handsome Dan, the bad, bad producer man? Or can Little Bird Blue, Violaceous and Periwinkle Pussycat Smith thwart his scheme?  And have a killer beach party? Let's watch!

Stopgap

Europa and Horace have lost their daughter in early 1900s Mississippi. But the police found another one. Desperate to keep their world from crumbling, they debate the unthinkable...

Persephone's Rock

When Hades fries eggs for breakfast and Hell is a trailer park, how many lives must Persephone live to stop her Sisyphean cycle, learn from her mistakes and trust her heart?

I Choose the Road

Driving back from Julie's mother's funeral, James and Julie stop in the desert to wash the car and finish a three thousand mile conversation. Swept up in a whirlwind of grief and fear, Julie must convince James to walk out into the desert forever before he can convince her to come home.


feature length screenplays

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Alice Looks in the Mirror

In the water-colored looking glass of Manhattan, can Alice, a wannabe illustrator and recent divorcee, learn to leave her fear behind and with the help (or hindrance) of some all too colorful characters:  the county clerk, her future self, a failed drag queen, manage to make it through the day? And maybe get a taco? 

^a re-telling of lewis carroll's "through the looking glass and what alice found there"

*Doors

In 1930's Los Angeles a gifted medical student, working at a psychiatric hospital, becomes infatuated with his new patient's identical twin sister and finds himself caught up in the seductive world of a desperate starlet, her fiance and his father's dying legacy.  Can he go to the disturbing lengths necessary to unravel a dark family secret, save the woman he loves and keep his father's hospital doors open?

Across the Sea

In 1900 Linnea Nyquist, a twelve year old from Sweden, crosses the ocean alone and finds herself orphaned in the Appalachian Mountains of rural Georgia. Linnea must navigate her harsh, new world quickly with a mentally challenged uncle, mentally unstable adopted mother. And when an ambitious spiritualist calls into question Linnea's relationship with the beloved town preacher she is left with only one option: survive.

^loosely based on elizabeth's great-grandmother's immigration.


short films

**klutz.

In New York City, Zowie is trying to write her second novel but thrust into the throes of grief she has lost her person, and with it: her own gravity. Now the only “novel” she can manage is a semi-autobiographical children’s book about a girl whose only superpower is falling down that nobody wants to publish. Caught between wallowing and the real world, can Zowie figure out how to live life through trauma and get her feet back on the ground?

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Speaking Ill

The loss of her husband has left Clara mute in a house full of his family, old ghosts and her future self.  Can she manage to make it through the funeral, the weekend and rest of her life without telling the tale that would have her speaking ill of the dead? 


*optioned

**In Production

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