JAILBAIT : BY Deirdre  O'Connor


Dark Drama Theatre- Presents

"Jailbait" by Deirdre O'Connor

Directed by - Andrea Vestrand

The Story 

Jailbait is a witty yet incisive play that takes place over the course of one dizzying night at a club and follows the parallel journey of two fifteen-year-old girls and two thirty-something men. When this unlikely foursome collides, they discover surprising and dangerous compatibilities. Jailbait explores innocence, maturity, and the blurred lines between adolescence and adulthood. Smart, funny, and disturbing, Jailbait asks the question: When do you really become an adult?


Claire - Young Look/21- Read Description of Play

Emmy- Young Look/21- Read Description of Play

Robert - 30's

Mark - 30's

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The Playwright

Deirdre O'Connor 




Deirdre  O'Connor’s plays include Assisted Living (Profiles Theatre, Chicago,
Jeff Award - Non Equity 2012) Jailbait (Cherry Lane).  Her plays have been
produced or developed with Naked Angels, St. Ann’s Warehouse,
The Lark Play Development Center, and The Playwrights Foundation, among others.
  Deirdre was a 2008 Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellow mentored by
Michael Weller, and a 2008-2009 Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow. 
She is a graduate of Hampshire College, and Columbia University's MFA Playwriting
program where she was the recipient of the John Golden Playwriting Award. 
Deirdre won an Emmy Award for her writing on “The Electric Company”
on PBS and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for her work on the TV movie
“Five.”  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, director Dave Dalton and their sons,
Dashiell and Cormac.

The Director

Andrea Vestrand


“They're cruel, they're reckless, and they're dangerous as hell. They're teenage girls, and Deirdre O'Connor has their number in Jailbait, a terrific little play.”   – Variety

"Deirdre O’Connor’s drama— well written, well acted, and well directed (by Suzanne Agins) — makes a strong inaugural production for Cherry Lane’s new venture, the Cherry Pit."   – The New Yorker

“A complicated and darkly comic cautionary tale about the illusion of intimacy at any age."  –Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)

“O’Connor provides a humorous take on the excitement and pitfalls of dating at any age.”   – The Associated Press

“The possibility of statutory rape may not seem like the most appropriate subject to laugh about, but Deirdre O'Connor's Jailbait -- the first production in the Cherry Lane Theatre's new Cherry Pit space on Bank Street -- is full of humor. However, this bold and dynamic new play is also filled to the brim with genuine emotion and a complex treatment of a controversial subject.”  –TheaterMania

“Deirdre O'Connor has given us a show that is at once funny, entertaining, intellectual, endearing, and at times heartbreaking. With a script that is spot-on, a director who has crafted a simple piece of human truth, and a cast with impeccable commitment, Jailbait proves to be one of the most enjoyable things I've seen in a long time. Go see it!”              – nytheatre.com

“Jailbait starts with a simple moral issue--two fifteen-year-old girls getting involved with two thirtysomething "boys"--but thanks to Deirdre O'Connor's exceptional writing, the cast's dead-on characters, and Suzanne Agins' lightly emphatic staging, it quickly becomes something far more emotionally complex. It's as compelling as it is comedic: it's bait, in other words, that you won't mind being hooked on.”    – New Theater Corps (Top Pick)


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