Hallie Palladino

Hallie Palladino

Hallie Palladino’s recent plays include DERAILED (O'Neill Semi-Finalist), INFATUATION (Ojai Playwrights Conference; Chicago New Work Festival; Dandelion Theater), MISSED CONNECTIONS (PFP’s LezPlay Fest; Idle Muse Athena Festival) and Sunrise: Ardmore Beach (Something Marvelous Night of New Work). She was a contributing playwright to Three Cat Productions Holiday Radio Show 1943. Hallie also is a...
Hallie Palladino’s recent plays include DERAILED (O'Neill Semi-Finalist), INFATUATION (Ojai Playwrights Conference; Chicago New Work Festival; Dandelion Theater), MISSED CONNECTIONS (PFP’s LezPlay Fest; Idle Muse Athena Festival) and Sunrise: Ardmore Beach (Something Marvelous Night of New Work). She was a contributing playwright to Three Cat Productions Holiday Radio Show 1943. Hallie also is a contributing writer to the Chicago Theater website RESCRIPTED. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Common Wealth or The Ransomware Play
    Lara, the City Manager of Popperville, arrives at work to find emergency services down, databases locked, and staff email inaccessible. It’s a ransomware attack. The small, cash-strapped town must pay millions to cybercriminals or lose decades of records. They have twelve hours. Town Hall erupts into conflict. Lara is adamant: rewarding anonymous bandits with taxpayer money would be a gross betrayal of public...
    Lara, the City Manager of Popperville, arrives at work to find emergency services down, databases locked, and staff email inaccessible. It’s a ransomware attack. The small, cash-strapped town must pay millions to cybercriminals or lose decades of records. They have twelve hours. Town Hall erupts into conflict. Lara is adamant: rewarding anonymous bandits with taxpayer money would be a gross betrayal of public trust. Conversely, her ex-husband Jason, the low-key corrupt City Treasurer, seizes on the crisis as an opportunity to force an emergency vote to privatize the town’s beloved lakefront. Monique, the City Auditor, warns payment would force them to slash essential services from the town’s anemic post-Covid budget. Corey, the IT Director, counters: reconstructing lost data costs exponentially more. Outside, a blizzard rages and motorists are stranded on icy roads. The hard truth: Popperville is insolvent and barreling toward bankruptcy.

    Enter Wes, a former FBI hostage negotiator, hired by the mayor to cut a deal with the hackers. Jason’s suspicious, but Lara’s drawn in by his cowboy-like charm. She nearly says yes, to his deal and his dinner invitation, only to discover he’s scheming to take a cut on both ends. Disgusted, she throws him out into the snow.

    With compromise off the table, the only choices left are the hard ones. Finger-pointing escalates into damning revelations about kickbacks and cover-ups. And when the hackers start releasing the staff’s private emails, the fallout spares no one. To save the town, Lara must join forces with Jason. Climbing over the smoldering shrapnel of their imploded union—he’s moved on with his pregnant girlfriend, while their shared custody agreement traps Lara in Popperville with no prospects, romantic or professional—Lara and Jason must reckon with past misdeeds and, crucially, seek wisdom from Liam, their tech-savvy tween, whose sobering dose of reality is the catalyst for his parents’ eleventh-hour act of moral courage.
  • The Persuadables
    A group of morally challenged election consultants are engaged by a conservative billionaire to mount a massive public influence campaign. Using a combination of cutting-edge data mining and old-fashioned disinformation they set about redefining the first amendment. (This work in progress is a fictionalized account of the rise and fall of Cambridge Analytica.)
  • Derailed
    Digital therapeutics: the promise of an app to replace drugs and alcohol, an app to get you sober and then get you high, a panacea for the pain of modern life, flowing straight out of your smartphone. All of this and the girl selling it are enthralling to AJ.
  • Infatuation
    Why do the good girls always want the bad boys? Maybe because the bad boys have been controlling the narrative since, well, forever. INFATUATION explodes that obsolete good girl trope: a sex comedy about romantic obsession, female ambition, male allyship, friendship, science and the substance of love.
  • Missed Connections
    Avery, an introverted grammar nerd, has a crush on Lou, a striking and self-possessed newspaper editor. When a missed connection ad details their chance encounter Avery is uncharacteristically emboldened to take a chance on love. The problem? The ad was printed before they met. When more ads start predicting the future everyone's lives are thrown into upheaval.
  • Operation Marshmallow Fluff
    A group of skeptical activists take on a celebrity psychic in a self-styled sting operation.
  • Attachment Disorder
    A ten minute satire about motherhood and mommy micro aggressions.
  • Proximity Play
    This work in progress explores the intersecting worlds of private-public spaces. Set in a gym, a private nursery school and a members only coworking space, characters orbit in proximity until an unlikely mystery brings them together for a common cause. PROXIMITY PLAY asks: what is the nature of social connection in an internet age?