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

Gulf, The (Full-Length)

Audrey Cefaly

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


ISBN: PMS0000000199

The full-length version of the 40th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival winner, The Gulf.

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Description | Characters | Media | Author | Reviews
: Pre-Publication Manuscript
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


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

Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes




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

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 red fish. 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.

The full-length version of the 40th Annual 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.

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





All Female, Ensemble cast

BETTY - 20s-40s. An optimist. A thinker. Restless and tender-hearted. 
KENDRA - 20s-40s. A woman of few words. A loner. Scrappy, dark, brutish and volatile.
  • Signature Theatre trailer 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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