Tom W. Kelly
- The Virgin Tango
Young love boldly goes where brave hearts fear to tread. Two gay teens celebrate a romantic night at the senior prom in a storeroom just off the dance floor. By candlelight they flirt, kiss, and exchange vows of love to the romantic melodies from outside. With courage born of passion, they conclude that their dusty haven is not good enough and they valiantly resolve to join the dance, facing an unpredictable world.
Produced by SourceWorks at The Duplex, NYC (2001); New Conservatory Theatre, SF (1996).
One-Act: 15 min.
2M: late teens
- Temporarily Yours
Intermixing elements of light and darker comedies. Joey, a feisty PWA with six months to live, acquires a book of white magic. When his ex’s religious and unbelieving mother reads aloud a spell, her personality, as well as those of Joey and a healthy young gay visitor, all switch bodies. While attempting to reverse the spell, the multiple identity crises of these three disparate, and desperate, characters give way to more compassionate perspectives.
Produced at various venues since 1995.
One-Act: 75 min.
- Paradise Divided
A light-hearted romp, exploring romance, survival, and identity through diversity. Two shipwrecked men: one gay and the other straight. Self-made barriers prove hard to break, as the latter is shocked and somewhat intimidated when the former confides seductively, “I’m horny.” Flirtation is met with anger.
Produced at various venues since 1986.
One-Act: 35 min.
- Last Call for Murder
A comic murder mystery. Artie and Tony’s anniversary celebration is interrupted by a midnight call from frightened, ex-lover Corey. When Corey turns up dead, Artie resolves to find out “who done it.” Was it the Reverend Darke at the church, Smith at the office, Lou at the leather bar, Michael at the park, or the Jehovah’s Witnesses on a house call?
Produced at Theatre Rhino, SF (1987).
Two-Act: 105 min.
- Hotel Bethlehem
Inspired by the violent and sexual texts of the Old Testament; an irreverent, full-length Bible farce chronicling the divine retribution imposed on the Inn that turned away Mary and Joseph on that not-so-silent night of the Nativity. The Inn was overflowing with greed and hypocrisy as a greedy innkeeper joins forces with religious con man to deceive a coin-counting tax collector. Complicating matters are a muscle-bound centurion bodyguard, two irrepressible she-twins, and a near-sighted angel.
Produced at EXIT Theatre, SF (2001).
Two-Act: 120 min.
- Points of View
A comic, inward look at the theatre experience, slyly giving voice to all participants during the performance of an oddball play-with-the-play. Humorously and lovingly verbalizes the tensions between actors, director, critic, and audience members.
Produced at EXIT Theatre, SF (2001).
One-Act: 30 min.
1M – 4M
4F – 1F (genders may vary)
- Hotel Europa
This comedy pits husband against wife, and declares war on religion, politics, and human foibles. In the decaying Hotel Europa, capitalistic opportunist Reginald LeGrand and his staid yet ruthless wife, Britannia Gallsbreath, use and abuse all in their path as each contrives to end their mutually miserable marriage. As Britannia plots divorce from Reginald, he leisurely arranges her murder at the hands of a dim-witted American “killing machine.” Reginald juggles infidelity with business transactions while Britannia enlists the aid of various “have-nots” including a tabloid reporter, a young bellboy, and Reginald’s unwitting secretary. Also joining the fray is the overly ambitious, fund-seeking Brother Angelo. Everything spirals into a happy, albeit darkly askew, ending.
Produced at EXIT Theatre, SF (1988).
Two-Act: 1 hr. 30 min.
- Friends Are Forever
Follows three gay couples as they explore friendship, love, fidelity, and infidelity as well as the occasionally awkward repercussions. Friendships between the couples are humorously tested when indiscretions and secrets are unexpectedly exposed. But despite all obstacles, our shared humanity far outweighs our differences. Witty dialogue, likeably eccentric characters, and quick-fire pacing all merge into a provocatively fun-filled evening.
James, Steve, and Mike are long-term friends. Their new partners, George, Bill, and Roger, respectively, try to fit in (awkwardly sometimes). James and George stumble as their relationship begins. Steve and Bill happily play the field privately and professionally. And Mike and Roger tentatively try monogamy. Given the unpredictable nature of anonymous encounters, they discover that sometimes it’s only one degree of separation.
- Significant Others
Consists of five short plays: Faded Photographs; Roadside Assistance; …Or Not To Be? [intermission]; Twice Blessed; and The Virgin Tango. All but Twice Blessed have received previous productions in compilation evenings (more information available upon request). Each of these five plays approaches the complex subject of male-male love. The men come from different social, economic, educational, and geographic backgrounds. We are everywhere.