The Gulf (Full-Length)

by  Audrey Cefaly

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  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.

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

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The Gulf (Full-Length)

by  Audrey Cefaly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Lambda Award for Drama
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Winner of the 2018 Lammy for LGBTQ Drama. 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. Keywords: Lesbian, LGBTQ

 

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Accolades

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

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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)

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Videos

  • Audience reaction to Australian premiere of THE GULF
  • Quotes and accolades for THE GULF
  • Audience reactions to the London premiere of THE GULF
  • The Gulf in performance at Signature Theatre
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

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

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Stage Combat, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2f

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. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Audrey Cefaly

Cefaly is a southern writer and Alabama native based in the DC region. Her plays include The Gulf (Edgerton Award, Lammy Award, Samuel French OOB Fest Winner, Charles MacArthur Award Nominee); Alabaster (NNPN Showcase, David Calicchio Prize - Marin Theatre Company); Maytag Virgin (Womens Voices Theater Festival); The L ...

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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. 

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