Mary Kay Williams began writing plays after years in telecommunications in Washington, D.C. Four of her one-act plays, “Saints of the Apostolic Age,” were performed during the Acts of Faith Festival at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond in 2012.
Under a dramatic rights agreement, Mary Kay has developed the first stage adaptation of Myles Connolly’s Mr. Blue, the Catholic classic novel of 1928. The play, “Mr. Blue,” was selected by the Sheen Center in New York in 2015 as the first in their New Works Series and given two Equity readings. The play was also performed at the Dramatists Guild of America to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Connolly. The book has recently been re-issued by Cluny Classics.
In collaboration with Edward J. Keating, Mary Kay has written the book and lyrics for “Sacred City Alive!”, a full-length musical with 20 original songs orchestrated by Keating and composed by Williams/Keating. The contemporary musical is inspired by St. Augustine’s City of God. Recently “Sacred City Alive!” was given a workshop in New York by the St. Genesius Society at St. Malachy’s-The Actors’ Chapel off Broadway, and a presentation at The Lambs, Inc. in NYC. One of the songs from the show was performed before Stephen Schwarz at his Musical Workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last year.
Mary Kay is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and the Richmond Playwrights Forum. She lives in Richmond and Paint Bank, Virginia.