Kelli Kerslake Colaco

Playwright Kelli Kerslake Colaco’s new play, You Are My Sunshine, the multi-decade character study of a man of mythic American proportions whose passions and demons lead to tragedy, will get a private reading in Manhattan 7 PM July 2.

The cast of the fact-inspired drama will include Carole Healy, Carine Montbertrand, Jenny Bennet, Paul Kite, Jason Howard and Ridley Parsons. For industry inquiries about the play, or attending, email the playwright at

Along with You Are My Sunshine, Kelli Kerslake Colaco has written In the Name of Love and The Meeting for the stage, with a fourth play in the works.

She also wrote the mockumentary webisode series, “The Meek Shall Inherit,” two folk-rock albums, and is also a poet, blogger (Monty Chaos and Bitterbitchbonanza) and professional advertising copy/food writer.

Her select acting credits include Joan Aldrin in “Moonshot” (2010 Emmy-nominated Best Movie Made for Television), Carver at London’s Arcola Theatre (directed by Bill Gaskill), Malcolm/First Witch in Macbeth for London’s Independent Shakespeare Company (directed by David Melville), R&J for Goodspeed Musicals (directed by Terrence Mann) and Merchant of Venice for ISF (directed by Bartlett Sher). 

You Are My Sunshine was developed in the 72nd Street Gang, a collective of dramatists that includes Reg Flowers, Julia Gibson, Enid Graham, Kenneth Jones, Robert Sella and Jeff Talbott, among others.