Hallie Palladino

Hallie Palladino

Hallie Palladino’s recent plays include Infatuation (Dandelion Theater Reservoir Series), Missed Connections (PFP’s LezPlay Fest 2015; Idle Muse Athena Festival 2015) and Sunrise: Ardmore Beach (Something Marvelous Night of New Work 2015). Currently also she serves on the Stage Left Theater’s literary committee and she is a literary assistant for the Something Marvelous Festival. Hallie has worked in new play...
Hallie Palladino’s recent plays include Infatuation (Dandelion Theater Reservoir Series), Missed Connections (PFP’s LezPlay Fest 2015; Idle Muse Athena Festival 2015) and Sunrise: Ardmore Beach (Something Marvelous Night of New Work 2015). Currently also she serves on the Stage Left Theater’s literary committee and she is a literary assistant for the Something Marvelous Festival. Hallie has worked in new play development both a dramaturg and producer. She is proud to have been one of the original staff members of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Hallie cofounded the long running Tuesday Funk reading series. She has a master's degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. She lives with her family in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood.

Plays

  • Derailed
    Riley is thirty-eight. She works part time at an anarchist bookshop that loses money. She’s urgently attempting to become a foster parent to two kids she met volunteering at Boys & Girls Club, a ten-year old boy and his seven-year old brother, but is having trouble meeting the minimum income requirement. Riley’s friends are Ink, a tattoo artist with aspirations to write graphic novels, and A.J., Riley’s...
    Riley is thirty-eight. She works part time at an anarchist bookshop that loses money. She’s urgently attempting to become a foster parent to two kids she met volunteering at Boys & Girls Club, a ten-year old boy and his seven-year old brother, but is having trouble meeting the minimum income requirement. Riley’s friends are Ink, a tattoo artist with aspirations to write graphic novels, and A.J., Riley’s on again off again boyfriend, currently off. Although they’re not related, Riley and A.J. were partly raised by the same foster mother, Iris, now elderly and suffering from dementia.   A.J. sells phones at T-Mobile. Sales is his religion and he's obsessed with entrepreneurship. When A.J. meets Juniper, a real life “founder,” he gets start-up fever. Everything is suddenly “Series A rounds” and Indiegogo campaigns, interviewing for Shark Tank and “hockey-stick growth curves.” The trio get immersed in the start-up at his urging, but Ink’s scruples soon cause a rift and Riley is pushed to take sides.   Meanwhile, Riley, stumbles into a more realistic opportunity. Mr. Buari, her landlord, is suffering from glaucoma and Riley has been subsidizing her rent helping with his accounting. Ready to retire, he invites her to buy his small but profitable glass and mirror company on generous terms. She just needs to qualify for a small business loan from a neighborhood bank.   Riley, in consultation with Ink, makes the difficult decision to approach Iris to cosign the loan against her personal savings. Ink, the most financially stable of the three, informally agrees to step-in if Riley were to fall behind. But A.J. has already convinced Iris to put everything she has in Juniper’s company. Riley is furious. Out of options. She quits the bookstore and takes a medical billing job with a regular paycheck, giving up on the idea of owning a business.   Juniper’s start-up goes bust. Everyone A.J. cares about lost money. A.J. confronts Juniper but she is unmoved and unscathed. He’s destroyed and ashamed. Ink and Riley combine households so they can care for Iris, who has lost everything, and bring home Riley’s foster children. A.J. vanishes.
  • Infatuation
    Everything in Alyssa's life is going according to plan. She's finishing up a prestigious postdoc, she's on the verge of getting her dream job and she's engaged to her longtime boyfriend Hugh. But there’s a problem. She can’t stop fantasizing about Kai, Hugh’s dangerously sexy best friend. When Kai reveals his longstanding attraction to her she finds herself consumed by infatuation.
  • Missed Connections
    Avery, an introverted grammar nerd, has a crush on Layla, 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.
  • Dry Lightning
    Lily, a lawyer for Earth Justice, returns to her hometown in Wyoming to prosecute a case against a mining company that is proposing a mine on public land that threatens waterways and wildlife. Her estranged father is the geologist working for the mining company preparing the environmental impact statements. As the case rages in court Lily must revisit a childhood she would just as soon forget.