The Gulf (play)

The Gulf is a play by American playwright Audrey Cefaly.[1] It is a recipient of the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Drama and the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. The play was adapted from a one-act version, which won the 40th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (2015). The play takes place on a fishing boat in the author's home state of Alabama.[2]

"The Gulf" by Audrey Cefaly at Signature Theatre (2016). Photo by Paige Hathaway.

Production HighlightsEdit

London Premiere - April 2018 (Tristan Bates Theatre)[3]
Directed by Matthew Gould
Featuring Louisa Lytton and Anna Acton

Australian Premiere - August 2017 (Camperdown, NSW)[4]
Directed by Melissa Lethbridge
Featuring Diana Popovska and Brenna Harding

World Premiere - September 2016
Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA)
Directed by Joe Calarco.[5]


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.[6]


love, betrayal, apathy, lgbt, lesbian


  • Kendra: A loner. Scrappy, dark, brutish and volatile.
  • Betty: An optimist. A thinker. Restless and tender Hearted.




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