The Best Medicine Babs Davy
About This Show
The Best Medicine, written and performed by Babs Davy, co-founder of the Five Lesbian Brothers, tells the story of a Midwestern Catholic girl living in a 1960’s suburban ranch house, where family mental instability is ignored and goes untreated, save for Sunday Mass and Fleischmann’s blended whiskey. The tale is told by two characters—one an irritable survivor of the house who, with missionary zeal, lays out how she lost her marbles and then recovered them, and the other, a sweet, animated version of the first who can’t overshare enough about her chaotic young life before she discovered the miracle of psycho-pharmaceuticals.
About the Artists
Babs Davy, Author and Performer. Babs is a founding member of the Five Lesbian Brothers whose plays have been published by Samuel French. Other solo performances: Women and Children First, directed by Deb Margolin (1992); and How I Drank My Way Through Heterosexuality, (1999). Feature Film Credits: Fits and Starts, written and directed by Laura Terruso, (2017); The Foxy Merkins, co-written by Madeleine Olnek, Lisa Haas and Jackie Monahan and directed by Madeleine Olnek (2013); and Puccini For Beginners written and directed by Maria Maggenti (2006).
Kate Conroy, Director, Conroy is a director, curator, visual artist, and arts activist who trained at NYU-Tisch’s Arts Politics graduate program with Karen Finley as adviser. She is the artistic director and founder of Venus Biennale. Conroy’s work centers on the preservation and celebration of lesbian culture. Her visual art, petrie dish portraits of lesbian artists, are the basis of her surreal ethnography The Giles Findings: A Natural Herstory of Lesbeings, which debuted at Dixon Place and was reprised, in part, for SOHO20’s Interference Program. Conroy directs both Bandwidth and Best Medicine at Dixon Place this year.