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John Kelly as Cocteau in LIght Shall Lift Them, at the Majestic Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1993
Photo by Rick Gilette
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by Elisabeth Kley

Imagine the faces of Joni Mitchell, Caravaggio, Pierrot, Jean Cocteau, the Mona Lisa, Orpheus, Antonin Artaud and especially the Viennese expressionist Egon Schiele -- shuffling above and below one another every time you look in the mirror. For the actor and performance artist John Kelly, as he constantly portrays himself masquerading as someone else, his transformations both affirm and transcend his singular identity.