Keely and Du

by  Jane Martin

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 3f, 3m or f

"Compelling [...] Bound to stir vigorous discussion." - The New York Times

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Keely and Du

by  Jane Martin

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    2m, 3f, 3m or f
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    Pulitzer, From Off-Broadway

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From the author of Talking With and Vital Signs, here is a volatile drama about abortion. Du, a right-to-life activist, and Keely, a pregnant rape victim Du is confining, transcend their circumstances and the ideological issues that separate them. Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face. Who is accountable? What is the extent of individual freedom? What are a rape victim’s rights? What are a Christian’s realities of procreation? Their passionate stories exist on the extreme edge of everyday reality.

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  • Winner! 1993 American Theatre Critics Association Award, Best New Play
    Finalist! 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama



"Provocative." - Variety

"Compelling [...] Bound to stir vigorous discussion." - The New York Times

"Brings a bit of light as well as heat to an already red hot topic." - Los Angeles Times

"Disturbingly important." - The Irish Times

"So well plotted that its build up is inexorable and gripping, its denouement at once inevitable and shocking." - Financial Times

"Harrowing." - Miami Herald

"Explosive." - The Washington Times


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  • College Theatre / Student
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  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: Working class neighbordhood, Providence, RI
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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Jane Martin

Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Since its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982, Talking With has been performed around the world, winning the B ...

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Keely and Du premiered as a part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, KY in March 1993 under the direction of Jon Jory.

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