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Announces Performance Dates Of Keely And Du

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The community is invited to attend Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's performance of Jane Martin's Keely and Du. Performances will be held at the theater located inside Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., from Aug. 14-24.

Review for Keely and Du:

When Keely, a pregnant rape victim, wakes up tied to a bed in an unfamiliar basement, she is greeted by Du, a kind older woman. Du is part of a right-to-life group that has taken extreme measures to prevent Keely from aborting her unborn baby. Jane Martin's Keely and Du shows the consequences when two extremes go head-to-head and the unlikely friendship that grows out of a horrible situation.

"The first time I read Keely and Du, it made me incredibly angry," says director Casey Keelen. "The more I thought about it though, I started to realize that it isn't just a play about abortion or right-to-life activists. It looks at the people dealing with the issue, as opposed to just looking at the issue itself. Jane Martin took a topic that society has held under a microscope and made it about the people involved and human interactions. I don't feel like society does this. We would rather put the actual people aside and deal with an idea than look deeper. It is easier to disagree with an idea than it is to put yourself into someone's shoes."

General admission tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for students with valid student ID. Tickets will be for sale at the box office or also by calling 602-8640. Free parking is available at the Eastgate Town Center.

Keely and Du is directed by Casey Keelen.  The cast includes Chris Cooper, Christy Gallo, Kitty Wampler Reel and Jordan Williams.


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