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Keely and Du [SIV10] 

Keely and Du is a Pulitzer-nominated play which puts a human face on both sides of the fierce, ongoing pro-choice/pro-life debate.  The play focuses on the unlikely relationship that develops between Keely, a young woman who is seeking to end her pregnancy who is kidnapped by a militant anti-abortion group and Du, her caretaker and captor.

I found out about Keely and Du in a round about way.  I ran into Jessie, the costume designer at Uncommon Grounds and she mentioned the play she was working on.  After a brief internet search, I learned a little more about the plot (can you believe there is no Wikipedia entry?) and was struck by the subject matter.

I talked to producer, Tracey Girdich and actors, Geri Amori (Du), Bridget Butler (Keely) and Walt Levering (Walter) about their characters and what the play meant to them.  It was their first day in FlynnSpace after many rehearsals in a condo basement.  Luckily, the play takes place in a basement and FlynnSpace is ALSO a basement so the transition went smoothly.

This play deals with controversial topics such as rape and abortion, but it does not take sides.  It shines light into dark, murky places and focuses on the connection between two extraordinary women named Keely and Du.

Big thanks to Carrigan for their haunting song, "hear ye...hear ye..."

Keely and Du is directed by Seth Jarvis and produced by Green Candle Theatre Company.  All proceeds benefit the Women's Rape Crisis Center.

Performances are for one week only at FlynnSpace in Burlington from 2/28/07 - 3/4/07. 


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