Professor John Kelly Premiering New Play at the Arnot Art Museum

February 13 2017
Category: The Arts

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A new, full-length drama titled, “aide et réconfort,” by local playwright and Elmira College professor, John J. Kelly, will premiere February 25 at 8:00 p.m. and February 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York.

The play, performed by Elmira College students, is about French women who offer aid and comfort to German soldiers during World War II. 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. 

Playwright John J. Kelly, currently Professor of Theatre and Director of the Theatre Program at Elmira College and primarily an actor and director with more than 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

General admission is $15. Members of the Arnot Art Museum, Rotary Club, and faculty, staff and students of Elmira College are $10. Space is limited and reservations are recommendation. Contact Professor Kelly’s office at (607) 735-1981.