Photo Caption: Sarah Goodwin and Jillian Todd in Fringe Theater’s production of Audrey Cefaly’s THE GULF, June 1-8.
Photo Credit: Aramis Ikatu

Fringe Theater presents THE GULF

Fringe Theater presents southern playwright Audrey Cefaly’s award-winning play The Gulf, June 1-3 at 7pm and June 7 and 8 at 5:30pm at the Key West Armory, located at 600 White Street.   

The Gulf is the first installment in Cefaly’s Alabama Cycle, a four-play exploration of the unsung voices and stories of working class people in the Gulf Coast region. The Gulf is also the winner of the 40th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Southern LGBTQ Drama.

The premise of the play is simple. Two women on a boat. One woman fishes. One woman reads. But what unfolds is a complicated look at the intimacy and compromises required for a relationship to endure. Betty and Kendra fight, make up, make out, and fight again. 

“It’s a fascinating look inside a flawed but loving relationship. Two people in a confined space, facing truth and consequences,” says Rebecca Tomlinson, Fringe’s Managing Artistic Director and director of The Gulf. “It is a beautifully written script that builds through actor intention more than plot. So the real heart of the play is found in how these two women create an emotional push/pull between them.” 

The Gulf stars local actors Sarah Goodwin as the introspective Kendra and Jillian Todd as the outgoing Betty. 

Sarah Goodwin began her theater career as an intern at a professional theater when she was fifteen. She moved to Key West almost 20 years ago and works as an eco-tour guide when she’s not rescuing animals for the wildlife center. 

Jillian Todd got involved in theater through school programs and summer camps. She visited Key West as a guest performer at the Waterfront Playhouse and stayed! Jillian and can be found (guitar in hand) singing at live music venues throughout the island.  

Creating the theatrical setting for The Gulf is Fringe’s design team Aramis Ikatu, Kendall Cameron, and Su Nubia. The show’s stage manager is Samantha Laskey, and Fringe’s box office manager is Vanessa McCaffrey. The Key West Business Guild is the show’s sponsor. 

The Gulf runs June 1-3 at 7pm at the Key West Armory with encore Happy Hour performances scheduled June 7 and 8 at 5:30pm in conjunction with the Key West Pride celebration. Tickets are $35 and $50 and can be purchased by phone at 305-731-0581 or online at Seating is limited. Advanced tickets are encouraged. For more information on Fringe Theater or this production, email

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