Keely and Du

Ashland Contemporary Theatre in collaboration with Livia Genise Productions


Keely and Du
by renowned dramatist Jane Martin, as a staged reading directed by Livia Genise

Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face.  Layered with feeling and wired with suspense, this runner-up for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize explores the boundaries of individual freedom and the extremities of religious zeal, through the relationship of Du, a right-to-life activist and Keely, a woman made pregnant by rape, whom Du is confining.  Can they find a way to transcend through friendship their circumstances and the ideological issues that separate them?  Playwright Jane Martin (Vital Signs and Talking With) poses the thorny question, that despite the human need for connection, is love really possible, even a mother’s, when its origin is involuntary? 

Compelling […] Bound to stir vigorous discussion.” – The New York Times

Brings a bit of light as well as heat to an already red hot topic.” – Los Angeles Times

Content Advisory: Although this play is presented as a reading, there is some described violence.  Topics include rape, assault, and kidnapping.  Please contact the theatre at for more detailed information.

Running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 17th – 26th.  Performances are at Grizzly Peak Winery and The Bellview Grange (showtimes vary according to date).  The performances feature Alayha McNamara as Keely, Jeannine Grizzard as Du, John Lambie as Walter and Daniel Olson as Cole; Cynthia Tank narrates.

Tickets are $20
The first two rows of theatre seating will be designated for masked patrons.  Seating is first-come- first-served.

Performance Dates and Venues:

Grizzly Peak Winery
1600 E. Nevada Street
Friday, March 17th at 7pm
Saturday, March 18th at 2pm
Sunday, March 19th at 2pm
Friday, March 24th at 7pm

The Bellview Grange
1050 Tolman Creek Road
Saturday, March 25th at 8pm
Sunday, March 26th at 3pm