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Tymberly Canall and John Kelly in Kelly’s Pass the Blutwurst, Bitte at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, 2010
Photo by Ves Pitts
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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.