Raw moments of human vulnerability are threaded liberally throughout Cefaly’s work, showcasing her ability to not only understand humanity on a primitive level but to display it in a hauntingly relatable fashion. - Theater Bloom

Compassionate and unfailingly thoughtful in tackling big ideas in wholly relatable ways. Cefaly gives a voice to those you don’t always hear. Her work is at once unexpected and familiar. - Washington Blade

IN THE WORKS 

ALABASTER • 2019-2021 • 11-City Rolling World Premiere (see dates/venues)

MAYTAG VIRGIN  • Upcoming productions at Vermont Stage, Florida Rep and Penobscott!
THE LAST WIDE  OPEN
 Upcoming productions at Circle Theatre in Ft. Worth and Umbrella Arts in Concord, MA

Alabaster is published by Samuel French

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Chicago premiere of THE GULF!

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KELLI SIMPKINS
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in ABOUT FACE'S production of THE GULF. 

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THE LAST WIDE OPEN opens at Vermont Stage on October 4th!

NEW!
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"What makes her special: After seeing a handful of Cefaly’s works, Washington Blade reporter Patrick Folliard describes her as “compassionate and unfailingly thoughtful in tackling big ideas in wholly relatable ways…Cefaly gives a voice to those you don’t always hear. Her work is at once unexpected and familiar.” He singles out The Gulf as “phenomenal…A two-hander about a lesbian couple who hash out their romantic differences in the confines of a small fishing boat in the Alabama Delta.” Florida Rep’s associate artistic director, Jason Parrish, says that Cefaly’s plays “tackle big issues..." READ MORE

ALABASTER featured in Best Women's Monologues of 2019. Edited by True Acting Institute. Published by Smith & Kraus.

Other writers in this volume: Brian James Polak, Philip Dawkins, Cayenne Douglas, Phoebe Eaton, Emma Goldman-Sherman, Jeni Mahoney, Catherine O’Connor, Jason Odell Williams

THE LAST WIDE OPEN Premieres at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Feb - Mar 10, 2019,  Shelterhouse Theatre!

A diner. 2AM. Anywhere. Lina and Roberto's lives intersect and parallel as three alternate realities unfold. The play renders the near hits and near misses that are the realities of this worn out waitress and immigrant dishwasher as well as the mystical ways the universe conspires to bring us all together.

The Enquirer  "There is something wonderfully effortless about “The Last Wide Open,” which had its world premiere at the Playhouse in the Park Thursday evening." https://bit.ly/2GBM90C

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ALABASTER IS SET FOR A ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE IN 2019-2020!
Participating Theaters (partial list): Florida Rep, Phoenix Theatre of Indy, Williamston Theatre. See the full schedule.

ALABASTER Featured at 2018 NNPN Showcase! 

ALABASTER, winner of the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, was named an official selection of the National New Play Network's 17th Annual Showcase of New Plays The play was presented to NNPN member and industry leaders at B Street Theatre in December, 2018.

Synopsis: A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it. 

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The divide between Kendra and Betty mimics the very world that devours them: a vast and polarizing abyss. 

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ALABASTER by Audrey Cefaly

ALABASTER wins the Calicchio Prize! 

ALABASTER wins Marin Theatre Company's the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize

Synopsis: A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it. 

ALABASTER has received generous support in the form of workshops, readings, and developmental funding from Marin Theatre Company, Signature Theatre,  Theater Alliance, Florida Rep, and Contemporary American Theatre Festival.

ALABASTER has received generous support in the form of workshops, readings, and developmental funding from National New Play Network, Marin Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Theater Alliance, Florida Rep, and Contemporary American Theatre Festival. #alabamagoatplay

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MAYTAG VIRGIN to be produced at Merrimack Rep, Barter Theatre in 19-20 Season

A classic Southern love story. Maytag Virgin follows Alabama school teacher Lizzy Nash and her new neighbor Jack Key over the year following the tragic death of Lizzy’s husband. 
 

VOTED "BEST COMEDY" BY artsATL.com - 2018 Year in Review! "That its two leads wind up together is pretty much a foregone conclusion, but getting there was delightful. "
   

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ALABASTER
ALABASTER

May 2018 - Florida Rep PlayLab

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THE LAST WIDE OPEN
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Jan 2019 - World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park - directed by Blake Robison

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THE GULF
THE GULF

Apr 2018 - London Premiere

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ALABASTER

Feb 2018 - Featured at Signature Theatre - Sigworks - directed by Joe Calarco

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THE GULF

Feb 2018 - The Gulf is a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the category of LGBTQ Drama

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MAYTAG VIRGIN

Jan 2018 - Aurora Theatre

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NEW TERRITORIES

Jan 2018 - Serenbe New Territories Playwriting Residency

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THE LAST WIDE OPEN

Jan 2018 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Premiere - Women's Voices Theatre Festival

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THE GULF & MAYTAG VIRGIN

Dec 2017 - Published by Samuel French

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October 2016 - Theatre Alliance

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Jun 2017 - Theatre Lab

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Aug 2017 - Australian Premiere

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Feb 2017 - Nominated for the Charles McArthur Award for Best New Play (Helen Hayes)

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LOVE IS A BLUE TICK HOUND
LOVE IS A BLUE TICK HOUND

Jan 2017 -- World Premiere - Terrific New Theatre, Birmingham, AL

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THE GULF

Oct 2016 - World Premiere - Signature Theatre - directed by Joe Calarco

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MAYTAG VIRGIN

World Premiere - Oct 2015 - Women's Voices Theatre Festival - directed by Audrey Cefaly

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WOMENS VOICES THEATER FEST
WOMENS VOICES THEATER FEST

Cover shoot for American Theatre Magazine

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Plays and Other Writing from Audrey Cefaly

STILLNESS...

You can exhale and close the heavy door behind you, wrestle it shut if you have to. You can lean against the inside of it and even click the lock, it’s up to you. You can choose not to be so damned accommodating of the hands and voices that pull at you and call your name. You can let them solve their own problems....  more >

DIRT ROAD TIME STOP

When you were out with your girlfriend down in the boondocks and your truck got stuck in the mud and there was no way to call someone to pull you out and no GPS to tell you where the nearest house was or gas station and no smart phone to keep your brain alive until it died along with the car battery from playing Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II on endless repeat… the only thing that needed doing was staying alive long enough to get your ass beat when you got home.... more >

American Theatre Magazine - Womens Voices Festival Cover Shoot - Arena Stage - #dcplaywrights

On August 21, 2015, playwrights from across the DC region assembled at Arena Stage for a photo shoot (American Theatre Magazine’s coverage of the inaugural Women’s Voices Theater Festival). It wasn't until after we arrived that we were told it was for the cover! Over the course of the next few hours, we stood on the steps in the grand atrium and on the sprawling stage of the Kogod Cradle and we understood that our words were in focus (as the photographer arranged us by hue). The room full of writers was alive with commentary. Here’s what I took away…

She said look at all this. Take a good look. Red lace and violet pumps. Long legs and cowboy boots. She is tangerine. She is purple hair and a borrowed sweater. Curves and luscious, tall and dark, butterfly scarf and 4 inch stilettos. She is blonde and blonder. Mouthy as hell, y'all. Ice blue eyes, the tiniest hands. She is scared and anxious. She worries about critics and other stupid things, like assholes with opinions. She says my mom is gonna freak. So that's what she looks like in person. I love your dress. I never pay retail. I can't write about mine, she's still alive. When do you open? Seriously!? I remember your play, I've never forgotten. I stay off Facebook, it's all too much. This box is heavier than you think it is. Hey cowgirl! Do it, I dare you!!! She's soooo nice. Does this chair make my ass look fat? This is all too much. Raise your hand if you're in rehearsal. Raise your hand if you're freaking out. This is why I switched to writing. Your first full-length, oh my gosh!

Congratulations! I'm going to puke. Where's Ally Currin? Oh, that's right, she's being a parent. That sounds like fun. These lights are hot! Does anyone know what the hell we're doing? Relax, relax. Now face this way. I'm too old. You shut up! I hate my arms. You look amazing. Is that vintage? No, it's Nordstrom. Is this really happening? What did he say? I'm going to die. I need a bucket. We're playing Tetris. I can't feel my feet. Stand right here, the air is cooler. You can Photoshop my grease face, right? My hair blocks three people. Even my sweat has sweat. I just need to hug you. You had me at vodka. What if they hate it? We'll just go drinking. She sounds like my gynecologist. It's almost over, you're doing great! I'll walk with you. I'm probably crazy. No one gives a fuck about critics. Stop slouching. Be brave. Did you forget we came here to change the world? Women's Voices Theater Festival #‎womensvoicesdc‬