Fitting for a pandemic. The first time a student took the stage solo at SCU’s New Playwrights’ Festival, she did so while home alone on her personal computer. Rita Kelly ’20 was also the only one to mention quarantine in her meta monologue, “Oh Nunny.” “My friendship with Nunny developed along with the pandemic,” she says, “I wanted to show how unsettling the times are but through a story that uplifts.”
Nunny is the nickname of the neighbor with whom Kelly struck up an improbable friendship during her time at Santa Clara. Though on paper it made no sense—an inquisitive-bordering-on-nosey college student who talks a mile a minute and a shy, cardigan clad elderly woman mistaken for a nun—Kelly treasured the relationship, delighting in discovering ways to get Nunny to open up.