The Gulf (One-Act)

by  Audrey Cefaly

Short Play, Drama  /  2f

"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

Winner of the 40th Annual Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival.

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The Gulf (One-Act)

by  Audrey Cefaly

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  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Accolades


    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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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. 

Keywords: Lesbian, LGBT

Published in the Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 40th Series and Love is a Blue Tick Hound 

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


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 / performance
    $75 / performance of 3 plays
    $100 / performance of 4 or more plays

    License Requests for single titles should be submitted on individual title pages.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    Present day. A fishing boat. Alabama delta.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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. 
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female



Audrey Cefaly

Cefaly is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus (two volumes of Best American Short Plays), and Applause Books. She is an outspoken proponent of silence in story-telling and has authored numerous articles on the topic of playwriting for HowlRound and Samuel French’s Breaking Character Magazine. Cefaly’s play TH ...

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The Gulf first premiered in August of 2010 as part of the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival in Silver Spring, MD under the direction of Chris Curtis.

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