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A dark family secret comes to light in new play

Kelli Colaco

Playwright Kelli Kerslake Colaco’s new play, "You Are My Sunshine," is based on a dark story from her own family history.
Growing up, Kelli had heard rumors from different family members, and pieced together that one night in 1931, her great-grandfather killed his wife, mother-in-law, and then himself.
The show searches for the truth  behind the dark family legend, and is narrated through Woody Guthrie-style folk songs. 

Kelli came to KALW’s studios to talk with Jen Chien about writing the play.

"On a personal level I was concerned that I had a madman in my family who had done these horrendous deeds."