THE GULF : Winner of the 2018 Lammy Award for LGBTQ Drama
Lesbian LGBTQ Full-Length Play, Queer Theater
by Audrey Cefaly
"lovely and stirring"
"beautiful, bold, breathtaking"
"profoundly crafted with a striking emotional core"
Winner of the 2018 Lammy Award for LGBTQ Drama
Helen Hayes Nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play
Recipient of the Edgerton New American Play Award
THE GULF wins Lammy Award for Best LGBTQ Play
SOUTHERN DRAMA | FULL-LENGTH
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.
KEY WORDS: strong roles for women, southern, LGBT, lesbian, love story
Audience Reaction to THE GULF - Australian Premiere
Australian Premiere, Sydney, Summer 2017
With Brenna Harding & Diana Popovska, Directed by Mia Lethbridge
"The Gulf is a soft still voice on the difficult emotional political terrain we are all currently struggling with. It’s a beautiful piece of theatre, that leaves its audience touched and then moved by its sublime reach." - Lisa Thatcher
"Delicately written, full of pregnant pause and poetic metaphor." - Kevin Jackson
"Audrey Cefaly’s play is both light and dark; it finds an understanding of human fallibility through a meditation on romance." - Suzy Wrong
Directed by Joe Calarco
Featuring Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli Jackson
9/13/16 - 11/6/16
"And the explosion comes with the conking out of motor and the smell of roses. And you will not believe what happens a few feet from your own eyes. The power of it, the unexpected nature of it. Lives of pain going into a great eruption in which Zampelli and Rizzo match any on-stage physical encounter I have seen before. And it feels both necessary and right. Let me add this as a coda: Both Rizzo and Zampelli are always in the moment. They are who they are; they don’t swerve and veer or try to catch a breath and hide somewhere. The portrayals by Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli will be talked about beyond DC, as they should. They set a high bar for those who come after them, when The Gulf becomes a play produced through the United States, as I am sure it will be. The parts are meaty, the situations universal, and the writing of Cefaly a marvel of details built on silence as well as language." DC Metro Theatre Arts
"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... Two of the most riveting performances I have seen this season so far." BroadwayWorld.com
"Doubtless, in the lives of Kendra and Betty — hearty women working menial jobs in the Bubba-infested backwaters of southern Alabama — there have been brushes with bigotry. But in this world premiere the canny Cefaly, who has an ear for the cadence of the region, is far more interested in the wounds Kendra and Betty have inflicted on each other, and whether whatever comfort they find in each other’s arms outweighs the pressure of their rapidly diverging goals and expectations." The Washington Post
"The Gulf richly traffics in both silence and the abundant pent-up forces of two people past the first passions of love. The two characters are those beyond those seen before on DC area stages; working class women from a small town in Alabama who are not written to be or acted as comic raging caricatures. Rather, the two are candid, honest and damn real with Cefaly’s handsome, award-winning script (the play was adapted from a one-act version, which won the 40th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival)." DC Metro Theatre Arts
“Absolutely BREATHTAKING. ” a.ettman
"Thank you for giving us a chance to see this special play. I am now a lifetime follwwer of her important work." j.cuddehe
"Lovely to see a complex lesbian love story told so well." d.crerie
"Riveting, funny, sexy, haunting production." a.brownstein
"Well, Audrey Cefaly's THE GULF (running at Signature Theatre right now) is a mighty strong piece of writing. It's languid, poetic -- it brought to mind Elizabeth Bishop's poem "The Fish" in particular -- and beautifully staged, with earnest and genuine performances. It's well worth your time and attention." g.suilebhan
"We need more voices like Audrey Cefaly's in theater -- ones not interested in any easy answers or comfortable conclusions, but instead willing to allow characters conflict and moments of grace." m.bevel
“Cefaly does not write for the splashy brass of the big stage, with characters larger than life and twice as loud. She captures life in small and does it beautifully.” l.russell
"Saw Audrey Cefaly's THE GULF last week. Took my breath away. She built a world with words, and her two characters make the entire world come alive on their boat." d.ager
"The best new play I have seen in a long time, excellently acted and written, not a loose moment in the production. " f.robinson
"A beautifully crafted play. Exquisite dialogue." d.fiscella
THE GULF (full-length)
Published by Samuel French
THE GULF (short version) Published by
Samuel French and Best American Short Plays
THE GULF (short version) Wins 2016 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
Learn more about Audrey Cefaly...
and DEANNA MEYERS
in ABOUT FACE'S production of THE GULF.