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KEELY AND DU

Ripple For Change Series

Recording Streaming via YOUTUBE
November 3-10!

Live on Zoom October 31 & November 1, 2020 at 7pm Eastern

TSP Online Stage
To benefit
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St Louis Region

Donate $10+ to get access to the recording

 

1994 Nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. From the author of Talking With and Vital Signs, KEELY AND DU is a volatile drama about abortion rights. Du is a right-to-life activist, and Keely is the pregnant rape victim Du is confining to keep her from having an abortion. Through the play these two women find a way to transcend their circumstances and the ideological issues that separate them. 

CONTENT WARNING: This play deals seriously with the topics of abortion, sexual assault, and kidnapping. There is some described violence that may be triggering for some audiences. If you would like to know more before booking your ticket, please email us.

Ticketing FAQs

I don’t live in NYC and am in a different time zone. Will I be able to watch this performance at any time?

For Live Performance (Zoom): To replicate the experience of being in the theatre, the performance will start at 7pm on Saturday and Sunday (Eastern Time). Please tune in at that time (taking into account the time difference, as applicable) as you will not be able to pause or rewind the live performance. We will notify all ticket buyers when a stream of the performance becomes available.

For Streamed Recording (YouTube): Once you buy the streaming ticket you will be sent a link, which is immediately active. You may watch the show anytime between November 3-7, as many times as you wish, between your purchase date and the closing date, November 7, 2020.

Are the performances taking place online or at The Seeing Place?

As The Seeing Place is closed due to COVID-19, the performances will be hosted digitally. Once you have purchased a ticket for your chosen performance, you will receive a link prior to the show to watch from the comfort of your own home.

I’ve not received my confirmation email or the streaming link, what should I do?

You should receive an email immediately after purchasing your ticket, and it will come directly from Ovation Tix/Theatermania with a link to watch the performance. Be sure to check all spam and junk folders first, but if have not received your link by 10am on the day of the performance please email outreach@seeingplacetheater.com. Note: if you reach out to us AFTER the performance has started, we will not be able to get back to you until after the performance. Plase still email us explaining your circumstances, because we can arrange to transfer your live ticket to a streaming ticket.

There are different ticket prices - what does that mean?

These readings are a benefit for the Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St Louis Region. You may support the organization and see the show by getting a $10 ticket. But some people may want to donate more - therefore, there are $25 and $50 tickets available. There are no special benefits for those ticket holders - they simply are able to contribute more to our beneficiary.

I want to see the show, but I feel uncomfortable about my donation going toward this non-profit. What can I do?

We understand. Let us know at outreach@seeingplacetheater.com, and we can give you a way to make a direct contribution to one of our three campaign funds, which will earmark your contribution to another area related to our theater. We will then send you ticketing information separately.

I would like The Seeing Place to get a contribution in addition to my ticket purchase - how do I do that?

First of all - thank you! Chose your preferred show date/time/ticket level, and when you get to checkout, there will be an option to add a donation to your order. This will go directly toward The Seeing Place's Annual Fund.

Is it a different performance each night?

As with all live theater, the Zoom performances are live and are, therefore, slightly different each night. If you want to watch multiple times, you will have to purchase a ticket to each performance.

I want to purchase a ticket for myself and a friend in another household in one order. How will I be able to share the link with them?

Prior to the start of your chosen performance, the ticket purchaser will receive an email with the link to the stream. If you have purchased two (or more) tickets, the link can be given to that ither person provided it is not shared beyond a ticketed patron.

 

 

About KEELY AND DU:

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR SHOW PROGRAM AND INFORMATION PACKET

 

 

This play is being presented as a benefit for Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St Louis Region. RHS is a 501(c)(3) corporation specializing in women’s reproductive health, specifically abortion services. In addition to being the only state-licensed abortion facility in Missouri for many years, RHS is the longest standing non-profit abortion provider in the state of Missouri. The Seeing Place feels it's important to recognize and support reproductive health facilities in "red" states when access, which is constitutionally protected, is being restricted.

To learn more about this fantastic organization, please visit: www.reproductivehealthservices.org

 

Synopsis for KEELY AND DU:

CONTENT WARNING: This play deals seriously with the topics of abortion, sexual assault, and kidnapping. There is some described violence that may be triggering for some audiences. If you would like to know more before booking your ticket, please email us.

Jane Martin’s emotional one act drama KEELY AND DU is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face. It chronicles the fate of Keely from the last preparations for her imprisonment through her eventual release. Set almost exclusively in a sparsely furnished basement that has been converted into a prison, the play focuses on Keely’s developing and changing relationship with her adversary Du, the fundamentalist Christian who guards her to prevent her from terminating her unwanted pregnancy. Who is accountable? What is the extent of individual freedom? What are a rape victim’s rights? What are a Christian’s realities of procreation? Their passionate stories exist on the extreme edge of everyday reality.

 

 

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CAST and CREATIVE TEAM ( in order of appearance - click names for bios):

 

Du   Audrey Heffernan Meyer
Walter   Brandon Walker
Keely   Erin Cronican
Cole   Robin Friend
Guard   Olivia Hanna Hardin
     
     
Playwright   Jane Martin
Co-Directors   Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican
Stage Management   Dan Mack
Producers   Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker
Associate Producer - Outreach   William Ketter
Marketing Design - Graphics   Erin Cronican, Hailey Vest
Marketing Design - Video   Laura Clare Browne
Social Media Outreach   Weronika Helena Wozniak
Marketing Support   Robin Friend
Dramaturgy / Program   Olivia Hanna Hardin
     
   
* indicates member of Actors' Equity Association

 

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Production Photos & Interviews

 

(Click here or on a photo above for comprehensive photo gallery.)

 

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Reviews and Audience Response for KEELY AND DU:

 

"The Zoom format has each actor at a separate location, performing directly to their individual cameras as we see Cronican's tough and outspoken Keely grow helpless as attempts to argue her way out of the situation prove futile and she hesitantly accepts the offers of caring tenderness from Meyer's sweet and soft-spoken Du...The excellent company pulled this viewer into the situation so intensely that he found himself yelling at Walter and Du in Keely's defense. Naturally, a staged production would more effectively present pivotal physical moments, but The Seeing Place greatly succeeds in offering an emotionally rich episode of personal and political theatre." - Michael Dale, Broadway World

"Watching a recent rehearsal with anticipated dread, turned out to be quite to the contrary – astonishing, marvelous, engaging, truthful and downright comic at times. Like a sci fi mystery, The Seeing Place Theater’s production peers into a futuristic society likely to premiere November 3, 2020 – unless Trump is removed from office. That being said, I was awed by this picture of humanity in extremis, most especially by the performance of Erin Cronican, the co-director who portrays Keely. Diving into a range of emotions she rocks her character from a speech maker to a spunky, bold, fierce, vulnerable woman, determined to find her way out of her imprisonment. And not without ample sarcasm and some scathing wit. As her antagonist, Du played with a feathery delicate and understated quality, Audrey Heffernan Meyer, appears neither good nor evil. She simply exists by a moral compass that is entirely wrong-headed. Still, the two are able, to some limited extent, to reach one another...In fact, the intimacy and immediacy of this reading is nearly unfathomable to achieve on Zoom. It’s greatly facilitated by riveting sound effects that range from cajoling Christian instrumental songs to the echo chambers of a prison to a fetal heartbeat resembling discordant organ music." - Isa Goldberg, Theatre Life

"This reading of (the pseudonymous) Jane Martin's Pulitzer Prize-nominated 1994 play about a pregnant woman kidnapped by a radical Christian anti-choice group continues TSP's excellent "Body Politic" season...The play's confinement primarily to one location is well suited both to the Zoom background feature and to imbuing the performance with some of the claustrophobia that Keely feels. Meyer's rendition of Du is sensitive and layered, Cronican's Keely is consistently compelling and she delves into traumas beyond her present situation, and Walker's Walter tellingly succumbs to flashes of anger that betray his desired self-presentation. As TSP has done with previous Zoom performances this season, the artists also participated in a post-show talkback, addressing questions about preparing for the role of Keely, the historical context of the play, performing on Zoom, and more. Keely and Du is streaming on YouTube through November 7th: see it to benefit both yourself and a vital cause." - John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards, Thinking Theater

"The Seeing Place Theater has done it again with their rendition of Keely and Du...The two hour drama takes place primarily in a basement that has been converted into a prison. Thanks to Zoom’s ability to add backgrounds, the virtual viewers aren’t left out. The virtual set is dark and mysterious enough to fit the eerie mood of the performance...The end of the play is quite surprising and relevant to today’s discussions surrounding reproductive rights." - Jacy Topps, Manhattan With A Twist

"Wow. So powerful." - Patti Herbert, via YouTube screening

 

 

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Articles about KEELY AND DU:

 

Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Play About Abortion Rights Poses Challenging Questions About Freedom, Sexual Assault, Religion And Life - Girl Talk HQ

KEELY AND DU - A Fight for Women's Rights - Erin Cronican, The Seeing Place

The Seeing Place Performs KEELY AND DU Live Online To Benefit Planned Parenthood - Broadway World

RIPPLE FOR CHANGE: Keely and Du Benefit Reading and Panel Discussion - This Week In New York

 

 

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Talkbacks for KEELY AND DU:

 

FREE WITH YOUR TICKET - Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 2020
(immediately following reading)


Speakers:
The Cast and Creative Team of KEELY AND DU
Theme: Doing issues Based Plays in a Trauma-Filled World

This talkback will enable audience members to talk directly to the artists who created KEELY AND DU about their experiences with the play, how it was rehearsed for Zoom, and its relevance to our modern times.

 

FREE - Thursday, November 5, 2020 (7pm Eastern Time)

Theme: Action Steps for Protecting Women's Choices

Speaker: Dr. Colleen McNicholas, DO MSCI, FACOG
Chief Medical Officer - Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

This talkback will enable audience members to hear community experts talk about the themes of the play and how they relate to our immediate situation in the world. We will also be brainstoming on ways that YOU can make a difference. Right now, our #1 recommendation to VOTE (create your plan now for a smooth experience.)

 

Resources shared during the panel discussion:

Self-Managed Abortion Resource: reproaction.org/campaign/self-managed-abortion/

Women On Web: www.womenonweb.org

Dr McNicholas's testimony on Capitol Hill: House Committee on Oversight and Reform

 

About Our Speaker:

 

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, DO MSCI, FACOG
Chief Medical Officer - Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Dr. McNicholas is a graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, her Fellowship in Family Planning, and her Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis. She recently joined Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri as the first ever Chief Medical Officer after a decade in academic medicine. As an OB/GYN, and specialist in family planning and abortion care she lives out her personal and professional commitment to abortion access by providing clinical care in 4 states across the Midwest and South. Dr. McNicholas believes that a physician’s advocacy voice is as important as their clinical and surgical skill. She has grown into an unapologetic and vocal advocate engaging in every available medium. She has been the plaintiff to numerous challenges of state and federal laws and regulations and has testified in the state capital and in front of Congress in defense of patient-physician relationship and the importance of using science and evidence in the creation of health policy. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and has been recognized by a diversity of organizations for her leadership and advocacy.

   

 

 

   

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