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Danny, King of the Basement

Danny, King of the Basement

By David S. Craig
Introduction by Walter Pitman
Preface by Richard Greenblatt
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age — 8–10, Class Differences, Family, By Age — 11–14
Casting: 2 f, 2 m
Duration: 70 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887547393, 80 pages, January 2007
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369101730, 250 pages, January 2007
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369102553, 250 pages, January 2007


In two years, Danny and his mom have moved more often than most kids lose teeth. ..

When Danny moves into a new basement apartment, the kids he meets seem to have way more problems than just being hungry. But Danny’s imagination creates a community that allows his friends to cope with their problems and ultimately to help Danny—because his crisis isn’t losing a home. It’s gaining one…


"Entertains, instructs and uplifts us, all without ever stooping to patronize. A powerful piece of theatre that speaks to all of us. "

- John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun

"…everything that you want a show for young audiences to be… written with insight and compassion by David S. Craig around a very important theme: the thin but seemingly uncrossable line that divides the haves from the have-nots in our society. "

- Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

"David S. Craig shines a penetrating light on the mind set of a wanting kid most citizens would drive by thoughtlessly on one of our sorry streets. Funny, real and ultimately uplifting. "

- Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press

"Impressively blending contemporary realities and enduring emotional truths, Craig fashions Danny into a prince of a play. "

- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine