Dugout Daisies
by Julissa Mishay Norment

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During the longest inning of their lives, two bench warmers kill time by chatting about things that matter most to them: why they are on the sidelines.




Julissa Mishay Norment is a dynamic and inventive award-winning playwright, bookwriter, and lyricist that strives to create and diversify theatrical experiences, primarily through a Black, Queer, and Feminist lens. Julissa is currently an Abbott Musical Theater Collaboration MFA Candidate at Temple University.



1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?


I started writing plays at when I was around nine years old, after I read a biography of Lorraine Hansberry.


2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?


The inspiration behind Dugout Daisies was based on my experience growing up in Texas paying softball. But the play was written at a time where I was writing additional material for my undergrad’s first produced all-black show.


3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?




4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?


Jeremy O. Harris
James Baldwin
Lorraine Hansberry
Branden Jacobs Jenkins


5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?


I crochet hats 🙂


6. What are some of your favorite plays?


Wine in the Wilderness
Slave Play
Torch Song Trilogy
Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts1,2&3


7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?


I’m working on a Black Folklore song cycle.