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  • National New Play Network:
    28 May. 2019
    ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN by Reina Hardy received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Partnering NNPN Member Theaters were RENAISSANCE THEATERWORKS (Milwaukee, WI), RORSCHACH THEATRE (Washington, DC), THE VORTEX (Austin, TX), and THROWN STONE (Ridgefield, CT)
  • 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!
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    24 Feb. 2019
    Very inspiring beautifully written play! I love the theatricality of Althea and the magic that takes place before our eyes, but the character of Annie is endearing and important, a feminist shero who is dealing with much more than science!
  • Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre:
    16 Feb. 2019
    Artemisia is honored to include ANNIE JUMP & THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN by Reina Hardy in its Fall Festival 2019 Finalists. Reina’s smart, surprising story has broad audience appeal and wonderful feminist themes.
  • John Fionte:
    11 Feb. 2019
    So happy Ms. Hardy shared her script with me. I loved it. Every bit of it. It's smart, funny, heartwarming, charming... reading it, I experienced that rare sense of discovery and surprise that I so often hope for, but so rarely actually experience. Brava!
  • Ellen Koivisto:
    10 Jan. 2019
    This play is Drake's Equation come to life, a well-deserved slam on Newton's people skills, and a sweet story about nerds and hard work, family and the deep deep necessity of hope and belief. Annie Jump (not Annie Jump Cannon, but read up on her) is young, brilliant, and living where the sky is dark and there are few AP classes available, with a father who's prey to every SETI hoaxer out there and an internet joke. Then her life gets complicated when she is Chosen by the Library of Heaven to represent earth.
  • Lainie Vansant:
    20 Nov. 2018
    Reina Hardy is quickly becoming one of my favorite playwrights. This play is both intimate and epic - an outer-space adventure with lots of spunk and a charming voice. I remember through Annie's story what it's like to be a teenager - a little bit afraid of your own wild dreams - and I wish more girls had an Althea to push them toward those dreams. Also, a massive space-library would still be awesome. Read it, produce it, then tell me so I can come watch it.
  • Claudia Haas:
    7 Feb. 2018
    This is one smartly written play for young audiences. I love the whole lot of science with sprinkles of interstellar magic and sic fi combination. It made me want to perch myself in Strawberry, KS and watch the Perseids meteor shower. The relationship between Annie and her father - the complications, the silliness and then the poignancy - beautiful captured the delicate nature of a challenging relationship. All of the characters are rich and all a wee bit touched with magic and sweet madness. Would love to see this produced (Children's Theatre, Mpls, please?).

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