Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Play Shines Spotlight on Abortion

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Play Shines Spotlight on Abortion

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Byline: Tamara McClaran

The controversial topic of abortion will take center stage when Players by the Sea presents Keely & Du in the Grace Darling Studio Theatre. Jennifer Gagnon and Debi Tyre play the title roles in the thought-provoking drama by Jane Martin, which opens Jan. 20.

Keely & Du is about a right-to-life group that kidnaps a woman on her way to have an abortion and holds her hostage for several months. Keely, a rape victim who became pregnant, is a young working-class woman who wants to end her pregnancy.

However, members of the right-to-life group have a different plan. Their agenda is to forcibly prevent women from aborting their pregnancies by denying them access to the outside world. They hold Keely captive in a basement with the intention of keeping her until she delivers her baby.

Du, a right-to-life advocate, is a registered nurse who is assigned the task of watching after Keely for medical and security purposes. Despite their hostile environment, Du becomes Keely's companion and they develop a love-hate relationship.

Jane Martin's engaging drama won the American Theatre Critics Association Award for Best New Play of 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize. Some say Martin, which is believed to be a pen name, accomplished a balanced presentation of both sides of the abortion issue.

Jason Collins is making his directorial debut with Keely and Du at Players by the Sea. He recently appeared on Players' stage as Oscar in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple.

"Hopefully, people won't have a set idea of what this show is about before they see it," Collins said. "Hopefully, they will examine the humanity of this show."

Keely and Du is neither a pro-choice or right-to-life argument. Instead, the show examines the ideologies of both sides of the abortion issue through the eyes of its sympathetic characters. …

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