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The Gulf (Full-Length) - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

The Gulf (Full-Length)

Audrey Cefaly

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


ISBN: 9780573706196

"As funny as it is powerful, as tender as it is passionate, The Gulf reveals a pair of volatile lovers whose relationship is as sharp as a fishing knife - pointed and dangerous." - Broadway World.

Full-length version of the 40th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival winner.

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Present day. A fishing boat. Late afternoon. Alabama delta.


No intermission, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

Winner! 2016 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
Nominee! The Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Play (Helen Hayes Award)

The divide between Kendra and Betty mimics the very world that devours them: a vast and polarizing abyss. On a quiet summer evening, somewhere down in the Alabama Delta, Kendra and Betty troll the flats looking for redfish. After Betty begins diagnosing Kendra’s dead-end life with career picks from What Color is Your Parachute, their routine fishing excursion takes a violent turn. This is the full-length version of the 40th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival winner, The Gulf.



"Cefaly, who has an ear for the cadence of the region [...] is invested with an assured, soulful intimacy [...] How refreshing to encounter a play that does not feel it has to document its sexual politics or suggest that the family’s or community’s reaction, in a part of the country not renowned for tolerance, is what drives a decisive wedge between the characters." - The Washington Post, Read More 

"[...] a scorching two-hander character study [...] The Gulf richly traffics in both silence and the abundant pent-up forces of two people past the first passions of love." - DC Metro Theater Arts, Read More 

"As funny as it is powerful, as tender as it is passionate, The Gulf reveals a pair of volatile lovers whose relationship is as sharp as a fishing knife - pointed and dangerous." - Broadway World, Read More 

Check oput these photos from the Signature Theatre production of The Gulf in September 2016 and the production in Sydney, NSW in AUgust 2017 (Australian photos by Lucy Deverall)


Writing the "Lesbian Play: Audrey Cefaly Reflects on The Gulf 
by Audrey Cefaly
August 10, 2017

The full-length version of The Gulf premiered at Signature Theatre in Alexandria, VA in October 2016 under the direction of Joe Calarco.
The Australian premiere of The Gulf premiered in Sydney in the Summer of 2017. 





All Female, Ensemble cast

BETTY - 20s-40s. Any race. Any ethnicity. An optimist. A thinker. Restless and tender-hearted. 
KENDRA - 20s-40s. Any race. Any ethnicity. A woman of few words. A loner. Scrappy, dark, brutish and volatile. 

  • Audience reaction to Australian premiere of THE GULF

  • Quotes and accolades for THE GULF

  • The Gulf in performance at Signature Theatre

Audrey Cefaly

Audrey Cefaly

Audrey Cefaly is a Southern writer whose work draws inspiration from her home state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast region. Her work is finely tuned to the colorful voices and stories of Southern working class people and seeks to explore the human condition through intimate character-driven vignettes expressly designed and edited to effect a cathartic release for the viewer. More info >> www ... view full profile

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Mitchell Reeve 10/9/2017 12:14 PM
Frank Robinson Jr 8/24/2017 10:36 AM
An amazing work, that pushes the boundaries of the discussion of relationships. The play is as tight and well written as I have ever seen. A work that proves if you concentrate on story and character you don't need a thousand bells and whistles to entertain and affect your audience.
Troy Byers 8/21/2017 10:58 PM
Wonderful character development through poignant dialogue that transcends sex and gender.

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