JAW Play Reading: In the Basement
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In the Basement
Written by Bailey Williams
Directed by Josiah Davis
12 year old Dingus is disgusting — especially compared to her big sister, Teenie, who is perfect, Teenie’s boyfriend, Jard, who is a Christian and her best friend, Sal, who is developing way faster than Dingus can keep track of. As for Mom and Dad? Well. They said don’t go into the basement. In the Basement is a dark coming-of-age comedy that celebrates the joy and messiness of how our identities are formed, gender is performed and how adulthood might just be a figment of our imaginations.
Amy Driesler Mom
Bets Swadis Dad/Jard
Alanna Fagan Dingus
Treasure Lunan Teenie
Rebby Yuer Foster Little/Big/Old/Dead/Sal
Leif Norby Stage Directions
Stage Manager: Dana Petersen
Production Assistant: Taz Coffey
Bailey is a writer of plays and fiction. In the Basement was written with Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers Group (2021-2022) and received additional development at Macdowell and through Ars Nova's Play Group. It was featured at the Great Plains Theatre Conference 2023. Other plays include Events (The Hearth/The Brick, Dec. 2022), Coach Coach (Clubbed Thumb/Winterworks, Jan. 2023), I thought I would die but I didn’t (The Tank, May 2019) and Buffalo Bailey’s Ranch for Gay Horses Troubled Teen Girls and Other: a 90 Minute Timeshare Presentation (Exponential Festival, Jan. 2018). MFA: Brooklyn College. baileywilliams.live
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