The Gulf

Runs Oct 18Nov 24, 2024
By Audrey Cefaly

West Coast Premiere

Betty wants change. Kendra likes the status quo. On a small fishing boat on the Alabama Delta, a tranquil evening of playful banter takes a volatile turn as two lovers witness the weight of their unspoken words. Will Kendra and Betty move past affectations and pretense, or will pooled resentment cause their love to drift?

Winner of the 2018 Lammy for LGBTQ Drama

Performed in the Walker Theatre-in-the-round

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“Evocative… invested with an assured, soulful intimacy” – Washington Post

“Phenomenal…at once unexpected and familiar” – The Washington Blade

“Tender drama with humor and heart” – Sightlines Magazine

“As funny as it is powerful, as tender as it is passionate” – Broadway World

“A must-see for anyone interested in realistic theatre that tests the boundaries of possibility and love” – DC Metro Theatre Arts

  • Full run: Oct 18 – Nov 24, 2024
  • Previews: Oct 18 – 25
  • Opening Night: Oct 26
  • Enhanced Safety Performance: Oct 31
  • Post-Show Discussion: Nov 3

Playwright Audrey Cefaly (pronouns: she/her) is an alumna of the Playwrights’ Arena cohort at Arena Stage, a recipient of the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers Conference, and a Dramatist Guild Foundation Travelling Master. She is published by Concord Theatricals, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books. Cefaly’s plays have been produced by Cincinnati Playhouse, Florida Studio, Florida Rep, City Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Barter Theatre, Vermont Stage, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 16th Street Theater, Capital Stage, About Face, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Circle Theatre, Theatre Three, Aurora Theatre, Quotidian Theatre Company, and University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her play Alabaster received an 11-city Rolling World Premiere, the largest in National New Play Network history.