Kelly Stuart is a playwright and video artist originally from Los Angeles. In LA, some of her productions include The Interpreter of Horror at the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, The Square Root of Terrible (a children's musical) at the Mark Taper Forum, and Mayhem and Homewrecker at the Evidence Room. Her plays The Peacock Screams When the Lights Go Out and Furious Blood were produced in San Diego at Sledgehammer Theatre. Stuart has been a member of New Dramatists, which funded residencies and enabled her to present work at The Australian National Playwrights Conference, and The Royal National Studio in London. New York productions include Demonology at Playwrights Horizons, The Life of Spiders at the Culture Project downstairs, and Mayhem at the Summer Play Festival.
Internationally, Mayhem has been produced in Manchester, United Kingdom; at Theatre Ariel in Târgu-Mures; at Theatre Odeon in Bucharest; and at the Tokyo International Arts Festival. Homewrecker was produced in Berlin at the Schaubuehne. Her most recent play, Shadow Language (originally commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre), was produced at Theatre 503 in London. Stuart is the recipient of a Whiting Foundation Fellowship, fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Arts council, a Jerome Travel grant, and commissions from the Mark Taper Forum, Playwrights Horizons, A.S.K. Theatre Projects, and South Coast Rep. Recently she has been working on a series of short digital video pieces. Her video work has been seen at Alwan for the Arts, Chris Well's "Secret City" and Jeff Jones' "Little Theatre."
Life of Spiders
This is age of revision, pastiche, sampling, free-form adaptation. Literary classics are choice material, the modern equivalent of myths....▶
Lots of emotional weather, both sunny and harsh, has been breaking out at the Evidence Room during the run-up to Saturday's world premiere of "Mayhem," Kelly Stuart's drama about the weight of global politics landing on one very unhappy Los Angeles couple....▶
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Kelly Stuart, for one....▶