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Key West

Dan O'Brien
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On a rainy afternoon in Key West, Florida, Brigid ducks into Niall O’Neill’s cluttered pub, in search of her keys. Soon, it becomes clear that what Brigid is really seeking is much deeper — and more mysterious. Stories and secrets intertwine as Niall and Brigid balance the fine line between past and present, reality and shadow.

Production Info

Cast: 2 total (1 female, 1 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s bumbling philosophers in Waiting for Godot … the torrent that is KEY WEST hits the audience with a barrage of philosophical questions: Is God in every one of us? How is the thin line between ecstasy and insanity drawn? Is there life after death? What is the value of truth, and will we be haunted by our lies? And the story O’Brien weaves is entertaining. His plot drags the audience through the entire spectrum of human emotion before releasing them back into reality … [with] a shocking twist worthy of a good M Night Shyamalan reveal.” —Erin Morrison Fortunato, Rochester City Newspaper

About the Author


  • Dan O'Brien

    Dan O'Brien is a playwright, poet, librettist, and a 2015–16 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art. His latest play, THE HOUSE IN SCARSDALE: A MEMOIR FOR THE STAGE, premiered at Boston Court Pasadena, directed by Michael Michetti, and received the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. His play about the Battle of Mogadishu and the haunting of war reporter Paul Watson, THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN, premiered at Portland Center Stage, directed by Bill Rauch, and ran Off-Broadway at Primary Stages (New York Times Critic's Pick), directed by Jo Bonney, in London at the Gate Theatre, directed by James Dacre, and at many theaters around the US. THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN received the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, the inaugural Edward M Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the Horton Foote Prize for Best New American Play, and the L Arnold Weissberger Award. O'Brien is the recipient of fellowships and residencies including the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center residency in Italy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actor and writer Jessica St. Clair, and their daughter Isobel.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/10/2020
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881458732

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Geva Theatre Center Rochester, NY on November 3, 2004,
Mark Cuddy, Artistic Director; John Quinlivan, Managing Director.

KEY WEST was developed by The Play Company,
Kate Loewald and Jack Temchin, Producers, In New York, September 2001.

Additional development by Williamstown Theatre Festival, Magic Theatre, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

KEY WEST was originally commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club.

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Key West is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC