Kate Hamill

Kate Hamill

Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Pride & Prejudice at Primary Stages & HVSF (in which she originated the role of Lizzy; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Other plays include Sense & Sensibility (originated the role of Marianne. Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award); Vanity Fair at the...
Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Pride & Prejudice at Primary Stages & HVSF (in which she originated the role of Lizzy; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Other plays include Sense & Sensibility (originated the role of Marianne. Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award); Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award), Mansfield Park at Northlight (originated role of Mary Crawford). Add’l acting credits include: Cyrano (Amphibian Stage;” Outstanding Performance by An Actress” - DFW Critics’ Forum), The Seagull (Bedlam) Dreams of…Marsupial Girl (PearlDamour), General from America (HVSF), Noises Off (Syracuse Stage). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, and at A.R.T., OSF, Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMaker’s, Folger, Arvada Center, Trinity Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Dorset Theatre Festival & others; upcoming at Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Rep, A.C.T., & more. She is currently developing new adaptations of The Odyssey, The Scarlet Letter, and a revamped version of A Christmas Carol titled "Scrooge for Senate", as well as several original plays (Prostitute Play, In the Mines [developing with The Bengsons], The Piper). Kate was one of the top 10 most-produced playwrights in 2017-2018, and one of the top 5 most-produced playwrights nationwide in 2018-2019 . http://www.kate-hamill.com

Plays

  • The Piper
    See Jane.
    Plain Jane.
    Poor Jane.
    See Jane suffer.
    See Jane find Harmonix.
    And then – watch Jane bloom….

    Harmonix makes you feel good - better than you've ever felt before. With Harmonix, you belong. With Harmonix, you are loved.
    But at what cost?

    A woman in crisis finds a spiritual home - and encounters the darkest parts of human (or...
    See Jane.
    Plain Jane.
    Poor Jane.
    See Jane suffer.
    See Jane find Harmonix.
    And then – watch Jane bloom….

    Harmonix makes you feel good - better than you've ever felt before. With Harmonix, you belong. With Harmonix, you are loved.
    But at what cost?

    A woman in crisis finds a spiritual home - and encounters the darkest parts of human (or inhuman?) nature - in this exploration of how groupthink enables cycles of toxic masculinity.
  • The Prostitute Play (or: The Little Fellow)
    O'Neill semi-finalist. Workshopped in Feb 2019 at Cygnet Theater as part of the Finish Line commission.
    Based loosely on a true story, The Prostitute Play follows the exploits of Harriet Wilson, called the “Queen of Tarts”- England’s most popular courtesan of the 19th century.

    For decades, English society has been ruled by the demi-monde, the world of high-class prostitutes and their...
    O'Neill semi-finalist. Workshopped in Feb 2019 at Cygnet Theater as part of the Finish Line commission.
    Based loosely on a true story, The Prostitute Play follows the exploits of Harriet Wilson, called the “Queen of Tarts”- England’s most popular courtesan of the 19th century.

    For decades, English society has been ruled by the demi-monde, the world of high-class prostitutes and their noble patrons. But times are changing, and Harriet wants to stay ahead of the pack – even if she has to take on the most powerful man in England to get her due. Full of blackmail, intrigue, dark humor, sexuality, and anti-heroes, The Prostitute Play has been described as “naughty Ibsen”. Recently workshopped by Cygnet Theater, San Diego.

    Please contact Kate or Beth Blickers directly for a full copy of the script.

  • Pride and Prejudice
    A radical, rollicking feminist farce based on the novel by Jane Austen. Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award. One of the top-10 most-produced plays of the 2017-2018 season.

    License through DPS. Please contact Beth Blickers for full script.
  • In the Mines
    Part ghost story, part exploration of cycles of poverty, part examination of the labor movement in America, part folk musical, and part history play. Currently collaborating with The Bengsons on this piece.
    Full-length play cycle with traditional folk and original music.
    Semi-finalist, Sundance Theater Lab.
    Selected for Theater Latté Da’s NEXT New Musicals Festival, 2016.
    Selected...
    Part ghost story, part exploration of cycles of poverty, part examination of the labor movement in America, part folk musical, and part history play. Currently collaborating with The Bengsons on this piece.
    Full-length play cycle with traditional folk and original music.
    Semi-finalist, Sundance Theater Lab.
    Selected for Theater Latté Da’s NEXT New Musicals Festival, 2016.
    Selected for Abingdon Ghostlight Reading Series (upcoming).
    Please contact Beth Blickers for script.
  • Vanity Fair
    A radical feminist adaptation of the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray.
    World Premiere Off-Broadway at Pearl Theatre Company, Spring 2017.
    Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award.
    Published by DPS, fall 2017.
    Regional productions upcoming include Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC, A.C.T.
  • Little Women
    A radical adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. Premiered Jungle Theatre, Minneapolis, 2018; headed to Primary Stages in May/June 2019.
  • Sense and Sensibility
    One of the top 10 most-produced plays of the 2017-2018 season. Nominee, Drama League Award; Winner, off-Broadway Alliance Award. Named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2014 by Ben Brantley of the NY Times. Also named one of the "Top Ten of 2014" by the Huffington post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” NY Times Critic's Pick. Licensed through DPS.
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    One of the top 10 most-produced plays of the 2017-2018 season. Nominee, Drama League Award; Winner, off-Broadway Alliance Award. Named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2014 by Ben Brantley of the NY Times. Also named one of the "Top Ten of 2014" by the Huffington post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” NY Times Critic's Pick. Licensed through DPS.

    This adaptation is designed for as few as 8 actors, doubling; it may be done with many more. Please contact Beth Blickers for script.
  • The Scarlet Letter
    A radical new adaptation of the Hawthorne novel.
  • The Odyssey
    A new adaptation of the classic. Commissioned by ART.
  • Mansfield Park
    When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her impoverished parents, she must adapt to life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle’s wealthy estate. But Fanny soon learns that beneath the glitter of wealth and status, people aren’t always what they seem....
    A new radical adaptation of the classic by Jane Austen. Premiered Northlight Theatre, 2018; please contact Beth Blickers for script.
  • Love Poem
    A teacher and student begin an illicit affair in this exploration of the role of gender and power dynamics in education. In development.