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Baby Jessica's Well-Made Play is a five-act phone adventure to the bottom of a well and out again.

Inspired by "America's Baby" herself, this highly interactive, intimate, and conversational phone performance for one uses the true story as an excuse to discuss fear, hope, imagination, culture, and memory. Over the course of an audio-recording, live performances, and a secret fifth act that's months in the future, audience members will discover what waits for them in the dark. 

Baby Jessica's Well-Made Play will be performed for one audience member at a time, from the comfort of their own homes.

Creative Team

playwright: Philip Santos Schaffer

director: Isabel Quinzaños Alonso

sound designer and composer: Jorge Olivo 

dramaturg: Anna Woodruff

developed with and performed by: Mary Round

additional voices by: Alinca Hamilton, Kimberly Hughes, Jennifer Jiles, Jorge Luna,

Evan Maltby, Alejandro Ruiz

produced by WalkUpArts: Matt Engle, Audrey Frischman, Stefanie Harris,

Philip Santos Schaffer, Anna Woodruff

Baby Jessica's Well-Made Play was developed in 2018 as part of SMALL PLAYS FOR GIANTS with Taylor Riccio (set design), Christopher Cancel-Pomales (lighting design), Maureen Freedman (costume design), Philip Santos Schaffer, Isabel Quinzaños Alonso, Jorge Olivo, Anna Woodruff, Mary Round, and WalkUpArts.

Audience Expectations

During Baby Jessica's Well-Made Play, you will be asked to engage in conversations with strangers. For your safety, and for the safety of all audience members and performers, there will be an expectation of respectful discourse. Hate speech of any kind, including but not limited to racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic remarks, will not be tolerated. A failure to comply with these expectations will result in the immediate termination of your performance and refunds will not be issued.

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