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From left to right, Keely (Alexis Woodard) is kissed by Du (Maura Reiff) in a dramatic scene from “Keely and Du” presented this weekend by Hilltop Players at West Liberty University.

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players presents the disturbing drama “Keely and Du” as its third production this academic year.

Performances opened to the public Wednesday evening and continue to take place at the Kelly Theater, located in the Hall of Fine Arts, at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, February 28 through Saturday, February 29, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 1 March.

The audience is limited to 39 seats on a special set built on stage which creates a feeling of being trapped.

Adjunct Theater Teacher Maggie Balsey is the director of the contemporary play which deals with the themes of rape and abortion.

Created in 1993, “Keely and Du” is a play about a woman, Keely, who is harassed and raped by her abusive ex-husband, Cole.

The cast and production crew of West Liberty University Hilltop Players’ “Keely and Du” pose for a group photo during a rehearsal.

Now pregnant, Keely, 30, is kidnapped as she sought an abortion and kept chained to an underground bed by Du, a registered nurse and right to life activist, who wears a mask and keeps Keely captive under the orders of the mysterious minister. named Walter.

“Keely and Du” shines a light on the bond between these two women, despite their completely opposing views, according to critics at the time of the play’s opening in New York City. Interestingly, the mystery playwright has never been unmasked, and Jane Martin is just the author’s pseudonym.

The main characters of Keely and Du are played by Alexis Woodard and Maura Reiff. Ben Games as Walter and Derek Park as Cole are also part of the cast. The nurse and prison guard is played by Noah Toomey.

The management is Delaney Bird, assisted by MaKenna Berka. The costumes are designed by Andy Dillie and Kellsi Anderson, and the lighting is by Alex Franke.

Longtime faculty member Meta Lasch is the production set designer and technical designer.

Seating is limited, please arrive early for performances. Tickets for all Hilltop Players productions are available through Brown Paper Tickets online and are available at the door.

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