January 08 2016
A new full-length drama, “WC (war crimes),” by local playwright and Elmira College professor, John J. Kelly, will premiere Thursday and Friday, January 14th and 15th at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY.
WC concerns an issue ripped from today’s headlines. American operatives wish to bring a captured Islamic State commander to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of war crimes, specifically the crime of cultural destruction. Opposing them are the commander, his all too Western female advocate, and the fact that neither Syria nor Iraq are signatories to the statute covering war crimes. Just when it appears the commander will have to stand trial for his misdeeds, new evidence discovered by the court’s Prosecutor brings the entire issue up for further consideration and questioning.
Playwright John J. Kelly, currently Professor of Theatre and Director of the Theatre Program at Elmira College and primarily an actor/director with over 250 educational and professional productions to his credit, began work as a playwright only a bit over three years ago. In that time, his plays have been published, anthologized, and performed in high schools, colleges, and professional theatres throughout the nation, including New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago. WC is currently under consideration for production by four professional theatres in this country and four English-language theatres in Europe.
The play serves as a fundraiser for local charities, with proceeds being distributed through the Chemung County Sunrise Rotary Club. Included in the charities regularly supported by the Rotary Club are Meals on Wheels, Camp Star (for children, ages 6 through 12, with a physical or developmental disabilities), Tanglewood Nature Center, Woodlawn Cemetery, the Parley Coburn School, and many more.
General Admission is $15. Members of the Arnot Art Museum, Rotary, and faculty, staff and students of Elmira College, $10. Space is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling Professor Kelly’s office at (607) 735-1981 beginning January 11th. The play is not suggested for children.