THE GULF : Winner of the 2018 Lammy Award for LGBTQ Drama 
Lesbian LGBTQ Full-Length Play, Queer Theater


in ABOUT FACE'S production of THE GULF. 

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The Gulf

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

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THE GULF wins Lammy Award for Best LGBTQ Play

The Gulf


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

World Premiere

Directed by Joe Calarco
Featuring Maria Rizzo and Rachel Zampelli Jackson

Signature Theatre

9/13/16 - 11/6/16

Shirlington, VA


in the 

“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...

Audrey Cefay Playwright - Awads an Publications

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