Matthew Shepard Meets Coyote
Blending Christianity, Native American folklore, and modern spirituality, playwright Harry C. Cronin interprets the final moments of Matthew Shepard's life as manipulated by the trickster god of the American West as performed in a witty and poignant solo performance by Christopher P. Kelly.
Writer: Harry Cronin's plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Franciso and Canada. He has held fellowships at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the National Endowment for the Arts. He received two Los Angeles drama-logue awards for his play MEMOIRS OF JESUS. The Internet Blog A CHRISTIAN THING recently said of him: ' Harry Cronin currently writes plays about redemption in alcoholic and queer experiences. Cronin argues in his doctoral thesis, Eugene O'Neill, Irish and American: a study in cultural context, that though O'Neill publicly left the faith, he couldn't divorce himself from a Catholic imagination of Eucharist, confession, and purgatory. The same goes for his plays like Dooley, Dark Matter, and Memoirs of Jesus where Cronin always seems to highlight the redemptive truth of the human experience most manifest in Eucharistic transubstantiations in the queerest of places." He is currently CARE professor in residence at the Gra!
duate Theological Union.
Actor: Christopher P. Kelly is thrilled to work with an amazing team of people to explore the final moments in the life of an unexpected hero. Christopher has been involved in Bay Area Theatre for over 10 years and has worked with Custom Made Theatre in The Book of Liz (Brightbee et al.) and Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them (The Voice); with Dark Porch Theatre in the West Coast Premiere of The Ape Woman (Theodore Lent), and world premieres of Margery Fairchild's original productions: Eleanor (Thomas Beckett), The In-Betweens (Professor M.), Under the Bed (Simon/Lt. Midnight) and Hen (The Magistrate); with Middle School Poetry in Merry Christmas Charlie Brown (Schroeder), Breakfast Fight Club (Bender), The Black Cat, and Terror at 20,000 Feet; Actor's Ensemble of Berkeley in Arcadia (Bernard Nightingale); Moore Theatre in Gilligan's Island Live on Stage! (Ginger); The Thunderbird Theater Company on Salty Towers (as Director), in DeathPlay (Merci Merci), and Aaron Trotter and the Incident at Bikini Beach (Soulpatch Beret); City Lights of San Jose in Andrew Black's Second Weekend in September (Michael) and also with No Nude Men Productions and the San Leandro Players. Christopher currently serves on the Board of Directors for TheatreFirst, a professional theatre company based in Berkeley. Contact Christopher at email@example.com.
Produced by Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Pacific School of Religion and the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education, Graduate Theological Union.
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