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Intense Drama ‘Keely And Du’ Transforms Kelly Theater Stage at West Liberty University

From left, Keely (Alexis Woodard) is embraced by Du (Maura Reiff) in a dramatic scene from the play “Keely and Du” being presented this weekend by West Liberty University’s Hilltop Players.

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

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

The audience is limited to 39 seats on a special set built on the stage that creates a sense of being trapped.

Adjunct Professor of Theatre Maggie Balsey is the director of the contemporary play that concerns the topics of rape and abortion.

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

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

Pregnant now, 30-year-old Keely is kidnapped while seeking an abortion and kept chained to a bed underground by the mask-wearing Du, a registered nurse and right-to-life activist who keeps Keely captive under the orders of the mysterious minister named Walter.

“Keely and Du” shines light on the connection these two women have, despite their completely opposing views, according to the reviews at the time of the play’s opening in New York. It is interesting to note that the mystery playwright was never unmasked, and Jane Martin is only the pen name of the author.

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

Stage manager is Delaney Bird, assisted by MaKenna Berka. Costumes are designed by Andy Dillie and Kellsi Anderson, and lighting is by Alex Franke.

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

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

For more information, please email maulick@

westliberty.edu.

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