BATHHOUSE.PPTX By Jesús I. Valles Sets Off-Broadway Premiere | Playbill

Off-Broadway News BATHHOUSE.PPTX By Jesús I. Valles Sets Off-Broadway Premiere

Described as "a group project for perverts," the play is a meditation on queer longing and grief.

Jesús I. Valles' BATHHOUSE.PPTX will receive a world premiere staging Off-Broadway at The Flea later this year.

Directed by Obie winner Chay Yew, the play will begin performances March 19, for a limited run through April 22. The work has been developed in partnership with Valles as co-producer on all elements of their production.

Valles' play follows Presenter, a gay Latine student, whose PowerPoint presentation on the history of cleanliness and bathing is haunted by the ghosts of a bathhouse at the end of the world. Valles describes the work as “a group project for perverts, somewhere between lecture, re-enactment, and cruising ground. A meditation on queer longing, queer grief, and all our queer worlds that will come to pass, that will come to be.”

The work was the 2023 recipient of the Yale Drama Series Prize, judged by Jeremy O. Harris; and is the first recipient of The Flea’s production commission, an open call program that provides finishing funds and a full production to an experimental new work by a Black, brown, and/or queer artist.

Said The Flea’s Artistic Director, Niegel Smith: “Every so often you come across a play that is epic in scale, written with delicious language and yet deeply personal, with characters that seize you as they careen toward their desires. Jesús’ play grabbed the attention of the entire Flea staff. As soon as we read it, we knew we had to bring it to production.”

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