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Basically Children

May 06, 2022
Charlie O'Leary
Directed by: 
Natalie Villamonte Zito
David Thayer Theatre
Friday, May 6, 2022 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 6, 2022 - 9:00pm


In a Midwest college town, two freshmen flirt, find themselves, and debate the intricacies of queer life. But when one of them connects with the town's mayor on a dating app, their conceptual discourse leads to dire consequences. A new gay play about an old gay myth.

This production contains explicit language, including a homophobic slur; discussions of sexual assault, pedophilia, and suicide; depictions of self-harm.

Virtual Lobby

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Cast of Basically Children.
Role Name
Joshua Waroon Jalukar*
Erin Arlo Schneider*
Matthew David Díaz
Jack Owen Brightman

Creative Team

Creative Team of Basically Children
Title Name
Playwright Charlie O'Leary
Director Natalie Villamonte Zito
Scenic Designer R. Eric Stone
Costume Designer Jill Klinkefus*
Lighting Designer Victor Maldonado
Props Designer Dorothy Craven*
Dramaturg Rob Silverman Ascher
Intimacy Director Erica Barnes
Stage Manager Olivia Leslie
Assistant Dramaturg Alice Doherty*
Assistant Stage Manager Holland Larned*

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Ticket Information

General Admission: $5
UI Students (with valid ID): Free

Tickets are available during Festival Box Office hours on Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and in the Theatre Building Lobby one hour prior showtime, on an as-available basis, unless the production is sold out.

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Link to Iowa New Play Festival 2022 full schedule.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319-335-2700.