Innovocative Theatre Takes on Abortion Conversation in KEELY AND DU
Somewhere, a group is holding a young woman in a locked room, against her will.
They aren't going to hurt her. They don't want any ransom.
They just want to change her mind about her unwanted pregnancy.
That's the premise behind Keely and Du, Jane Martin's controversial drama on the continuing, contentious debate over abortion in America. Though it was written almost 25 years ago, current developments in a number of states including Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana and Alaska make this chilling script seem based on events of the present day.
One of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1994, Martin's script comes down to a conversation between two women, both of whom have almost everything to lose in our country's ongoing dispute over reproductive rights. Keely's a young woman who believes she isn't ready to have any child - and this one in particular. Du, an older woman, is a nurse who has been assigned to counsel - and monitor - her until she does.
In stark contrast to most plays on these issues, Martin's deliberately evenhanded script doesn't tilt the playing field in One Direction or another. With little else to pass the time, both women in this psychological drama try to convince each other of their position. As the days pass, each passionately offers their most compelling and unassailable arguments. And as other members of the shadowy group increase the pressure on them, both women begin to question-and change-their own views.
Groups of 10 or more: $20 per ticket
Student/Military (ID required): $20
Preview Night: $15
Opening Night: $35 (includes post-performance reception)
DATES: January 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, at 8:00 p.m.; January 13, 14, 20, 21 at 3:00 p.m.
VENUE: Stageworks Theater T
ICKETS: $15 - $35 general admission
INFORMATION/RESERVATIONS: For tickets visit stageworkstheatre.org or call 813.374.2416 ext. 1
Whatever our audiences' thoughts are on these issues, they'll be closely challenged before the end of this remarkably thought-provoking play. And, be sure to check out our promotional videos below: