Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

FULL LENGTH (3f 2m): FOUR-THEATER NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE STARTS REHEARSALS IN MARCH 2019!
Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really great hair. Althea’s here to help Annie take...
FULL LENGTH (3f 2m): FOUR-THEATER NNPN ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE STARTS REHEARSALS IN MARCH 2019!
Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really great hair. Althea’s here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars, but being the Chosen One isn't all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny? A play for all audiences about finding your place in the universe, and intelligent life in your neighborhood.

"A masterpiece of deft, taut, economical writing. Hardy introduces, defines and develops characters with laser-like precision, creating sympathetic, likable folks the audience can’t help caring about and a fast-moving and engaging story with a good dose of humor."
-Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Showrunners take note. Hardy... takes the best elements of contemporary cultural references, social media, and pop science and turns them into something more than the sum of those parts—an out-of-this-world, all-ages celebration of nerdiness, empowerment, and love."
-DC Theater Scene

"An adventure that takes you to the very edge of existence and back.... an intimate story about the potential that lies in all of us... you'll find yourself stargazing."
-Broadwayworld.com, DC

"The cool thing about Hardy's script is how it falls in the in-between. The journey of Annie Jump would mean as much to a teen as it would a grown-up, and we need more theater like that. Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven aims to bridge the gap in theater-going age groups and link up fresh, youthful audiences to that mysterious, perhaps-undiscovered universe of the stage."
-Broadwayworld.com, MKE

"...positively jaw-dropping... It’s not often that science fiction makes it to a local stage. Thanks to Hardy and Renaissance, the genre is ushered to the Broadway Theatre Center with wonder, respect and a great deal of genuine emotion."
-The Small Stage

"Playwright Reina Hardy writes with economy and authority. She is an excellent storyteller who has the audience rooting for Annie and her father throughout the production... A show like this doesn’t come along all that often. "
-Totaltheater.com

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Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven

Recommended by

  • John Bavoso:
    9 May. 2019
    I saw a production of this recently in Washington, DC, and had an absolute blast. An out-of-this-world, all-ages play that’s not afraid to engage with more serious subject matter, ANNIE JUMP is a genuine celebration of nerdiness, empowerment, and love! Also, Hardy’s created lots of exciting opportunities for talented designers to play and show off. Highly recommended!
  • Gina Femia:
    29 Apr. 2019
    I was feeling a little down and so I came here to read this play and it filled me right up with joy and excitement and enthusiasm - I cannot recommend this play highly enough. It's great in so many ways - highly theatrical with strong characters and a nuanced, beating heart at its center. Produce this play often and far and wide - and in NY please so we can all bear witness to Reina's joy.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    27 Mar. 2019
    I have such a huge soft spot for this play. Magic, science, brilliant young women, aliens, and hope all rolled into one script. It's really funny and sweet, the dialogue bounces along, and I'd love to be best friends with any of the characters. A fantastic play for theater goers of all ages. Would love to see it produced.... Would also love to be a Librarian!

Character Information

  • Annie Jump
    13,
    Female
    13 year old science genius.
  • Dr. Jump
    30s-50s
    Annie's father.
  • KJ Urbanik
    14,
    Male
    14 year old computer geek
  • Althea
    Ageless, appears about 15,
    Female
    Teenage mean girl who is also a mindfurl of an intergalactic super-computer, awesome hair.
  • Mrs. Gomez
    30s-50s,
    Female
    Annie's teacher. May also provide voiceovers for the Chairwoman and Dr. Ford.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Write Now
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Orlando Shakespeare Theater
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    The Kennedy Center
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Purple Crayon Players
    ,
    2014

Awards

Winner
,
Theater for Young Audiences Prize
,
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival