Audrey Cefaly

Audrey Cefaly

​Cefaly is a southern writer and Alabama native based in the DC region. Her plays include THE GULF (Edgerton Award, Lammy Award, Samuel French OOB Fest Winner, Charles MacArthur Award Nominee); ALABASTER (NNPN Showcase, David Calicchio Prize - Marin Theatre Company); MAYTAG VIRGIN (Womens Voices Theater Festival); THE LAST WIDE OPEN (Cincinnati Playhouse commission); and LOVE IS A BLUE TICK HOUND (a collection...
​Cefaly is a southern writer and Alabama native based in the DC region. Her plays include THE GULF (Edgerton Award, Lammy Award, Samuel French OOB Fest Winner, Charles MacArthur Award Nominee); ALABASTER (NNPN Showcase, David Calicchio Prize - Marin Theatre Company); MAYTAG VIRGIN (Womens Voices Theater Festival); THE LAST WIDE OPEN (Cincinnati Playhouse commission); and LOVE IS A BLUE TICK HOUND (a collection of one-acts).

Cefaly has developed plays with Signature Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse (New Territories), Aurora Theatre, Florida Rep, Theater Alliance, Quotidian Theatre Company and Contemporary American Theater Festival. She is published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus (two volumes of Best American Short Plays), and Applause Books.

Cefaly was recently named a Traveling Master by the Dramatist Guild Foundation. She is an outspoken proponent of silence in story-telling and has authored numerous articles on the topic of playwriting for HowlRound and Samuel French’s Breaking Character Magazine. 

Cefaly is a recipient of grants from the Boomerang Fund for Artists as well as the Alabama and Maryland state arts councils. www.audreycefaly.com

Plays

  • Alabaster
    Cast of 4 women | (Calicchio Award, 2018 NNPN Showcase) A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it. 
  • The Gulf
    Cast of 2 women | (Lammy Award, Edgerton Award, Samuel French OOB Festival Winner, Charles MacArthur Award Nominee) 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...
    Cast of 2 women | (Lammy Award, Edgerton Award, Samuel French OOB Festival Winner, Charles MacArthur Award Nominee) 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.
  • Maytag Virgin
    Cast: 1M 1W | ”a strikingly beautiful and evocative world premiere” | “poignant and emotionally glorious” | “richly-layered” | “unflinchingly honest” | “a radiant gem of light into the ordinary struggles of love, loss, and life” | “reveling in unspoken moments, Cefaly’s directorial mind allows great emotional swells to come to fruition often in the unsaid spaces of her dialogue“ | Set in the small fictional...
    Cast: 1M 1W | ”a strikingly beautiful and evocative world premiere” | “poignant and emotionally glorious” | “richly-layered” | “unflinchingly honest” | “a radiant gem of light into the ordinary struggles of love, loss, and life” | “reveling in unspoken moments, Cefaly’s directorial mind allows great emotional swells to come to fruition often in the unsaid spaces of her dialogue“ | Set in the small fictional town of Lenoraville, Alabama, MAYTAG VIRGIN follows Alabama school teacher Lizzy Nash (Gillian Shelly) and her new neighbor Jack Key (Will Hardy) over the year following the tragic death of Lizzy’s husband. The play explores the ideas of inertia and self-enlightenment and the bridge between the two.
  • The Last Wide Open
    Cincinnati Playhouse Commission (world premiere musical - Feb 2019) Lina and Roberto's lives intersect and parallel as three alternate realities unfold. The play renders the near hits and near misses that are the realities of this worn out waitress and immigrant dishwasher as well as the mystical ways the universe conspires to bring us all together. Adapted from the award-winning one-act CLEAN. A love song in three movements.
  • The Story of Walter
    Adaptation of Audrey Cefaly's podcast by the same name. A lonely father navigates the world of single parenthood, dating and learning how to live again. Learn more: https://audrey-cefaly.wixsite.com/the-story-of-walter
  • Love is a Blue Tick Hound
    *** Now available through Samuel French***
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    “Four short plays that confirm Audrey Cefaly’s knack for honest, quiet
    talk and American South reality." - Washington Post
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    My short play collection, which has a working title of LOVE IS A BLUE TICK HOUND, is comprised of 4 shorts which have all won multiple awards. The first two (THE GULF, FIN AND EUBA) are Southern pieces...
    *** Now available through Samuel French***
    -
    “Four short plays that confirm Audrey Cefaly’s knack for honest, quiet
    talk and American South reality." - Washington Post
    -
    My short play collection, which has a working title of LOVE IS A BLUE TICK HOUND, is comprised of 4 shorts which have all won multiple awards. The first two (THE GULF, FIN AND EUBA) are Southern pieces for young women. The second two (CLEAN, STUCK) are modern-day love stories. All four pieces are two-handers and have a run-time of approximately 24-26 minutes.
  • Fin and Euba
    Fin and Euba inhabit a suffocating world. Big dreams, small town prospects. As is their ritual, they sit out on the porch this late Autumn night, watching the cars go by... drinking, bitching, and planning their escape.

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    Published: 2003-2004 Best American Short Plays
    Winner: Liverpool International Theatre Festival: Best Script
    Winner: Strawberry One-Act...
    Fin and Euba inhabit a suffocating world. Big dreams, small town prospects. As is their ritual, they sit out on the porch this late Autumn night, watching the cars go by... drinking, bitching, and planning their escape.

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    Published: 2003-2004 Best American Short Plays
    Winner: Liverpool International Theatre Festival: Best Script
    Winner: Strawberry One-Act Festival
    Winner: Virginia Theatre Association Community Theatre Festival
    Winner: UMBC In 10 Play Festival
    Winner: Eastern States Theatre Festival
    Winner: Northern Virginia One-Act Festival
    Winner: Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival
    Winner: Maryland One-Act Festival
    Finalist: Pittsburgh New Works Festival
    Finalist: Impact Theater One-Act Festival
    2nd Place: Nantucket Short Play Festival
    Reading: Ensemble Studio Theatre: DirectorFest
    Note: The feature-length film adaptation won the Maryland Individual Artist Award
  • Clean
    Marisol, a worn out waitress, is having the 'worst day of her life.' She and Roberto, a quiet, ununassuming dishwasher, and one who has admired her from afar, sit alone in the diner at midnight and share stories about their lonely lives.

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    Top-10 Finalist: Emerging Artists: EATFest
    Winner: Eastern States Theatre Festival
    Winner: Maryland One-Act...
    Marisol, a worn out waitress, is having the 'worst day of her life.' She and Roberto, a quiet, ununassuming dishwasher, and one who has admired her from afar, sit alone in the diner at midnight and share stories about their lonely lives.

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    Top-10 Finalist: Emerging Artists: EATFest
    Winner: Eastern States Theatre Festival
    Winner: Maryland One-Act Festival
    Winner: Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival Top
  • Consider the Ficus
    On the day of the 2013 SCOTUS decision, Garrison, an environmental lobbyist, and his partner Nate, an editor, are working through a crucial turning point of their own.
  • Stuck
    BOB: What's the worst part of internet dating?
    BETTY: The people?

    Bob and Betty try to beat the odds in the world of internet dating.

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    Winner: Eastern States Theatre Festival
    Winner: Maryland One-Act Festival
    Winner: Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival
    Finalist: New Jersey Rep's Theatre Brut Festival...
    BOB: What's the worst part of internet dating?
    BETTY: The people?

    Bob and Betty try to beat the odds in the world of internet dating.

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    Winner: Eastern States Theatre Festival
    Winner: Maryland One-Act Festival
    Winner: Silver Spring Stage One-Act Festival
    Finalist: New Jersey Rep's Theatre Brut Festival
    Finalist: Dramaworks of Dublin 10-Minute Play Contest
    Finalist: Run of the Mill Theater Variations on Fear Festival
    Finalist: Theater Limina Summer Shorts Festival
    3rd Place: Pregnant Chad New Plays Festival
  • The Suicide Play
    Two lost and lonely people on a rooftop at night.