A dark family secret comes to light in new play | KALW

A dark family secret comes to light in new play

Apr 25, 2018

 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."