Hannah Hartmann

Hannah Hartmann

Playwright/Actor. BFA NYU Tisch. Plays include: NATIVE (Finalist - The David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize ‘17, Semifinalist - O’Neill NPC ‘16), NIGHTJAR (Semifinalist – O’Neill NPC ‘18), SHE GOES BEFORE ME, THE TOUR DE FORCE, and MARBLEHEAD. Work developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Barter Theatre, and Primary Stages ESPA. Born in New England to a family with Appalachian roots.

Plays

  • NATIVE
    It is the end of summer at the Native American Institute's Camp for Kids and the counselors are restless. Driver the mixed, Liz the fractional, Levi the self-proclaimed, and Alana the outsider work under the care of Mary, an elder. But it's camp after all, pee in a bush, make a pinch-pot; it's all fun and games until someone is outed as a faker. NATIVE is a coming of age story in an age of...
    It is the end of summer at the Native American Institute's Camp for Kids and the counselors are restless. Driver the mixed, Liz the fractional, Levi the self-proclaimed, and Alana the outsider work under the care of Mary, an elder. But it's camp after all, pee in a bush, make a pinch-pot; it's all fun and games until someone is outed as a faker. NATIVE is a coming of age story in an age of personal culture claiming.

    Set in New England, present day.
  • NIGHTJAR
    Eastern Kentucky, coal country. The miner in his coal vein can’t stand up straight; a young man in his black vein is dancing in light. In 1950 a mining family is kicking off coal dust; business is good, and Della is the first of her family to leave for college. In 2017 the coal dust’s scrubbed clean, but Della’s still here, housing a family she didn’t expect. NIGHTJAR is a test of grace under pressure, from the...
    Eastern Kentucky, coal country. The miner in his coal vein can’t stand up straight; a young man in his black vein is dancing in light. In 1950 a mining family is kicking off coal dust; business is good, and Della is the first of her family to leave for college. In 2017 the coal dust’s scrubbed clean, but Della’s still here, housing a family she didn’t expect. NIGHTJAR is a test of grace under pressure, from the interior and the exterior.
  • MARBLEHEAD
    MARBLEHEAD has a glass eye, and Marblehead can’t do much. Her mother’s a vegetable, her Uncle Yoyo a “gourmet” fry cook, and her Aunt Sharon doesn’t know when to quit. A half-blind girl living in a half-baked drive-by diner, Marblehead’s nearing the end of hope; but on her eighteenth birthday when she asks for sight, the sight she receives is nothing asked for. Marblehead will have to battle death itself to see...
    MARBLEHEAD has a glass eye, and Marblehead can’t do much. Her mother’s a vegetable, her Uncle Yoyo a “gourmet” fry cook, and her Aunt Sharon doesn’t know when to quit. A half-blind girl living in a half-baked drive-by diner, Marblehead’s nearing the end of hope; but on her eighteenth birthday when she asks for sight, the sight she receives is nothing asked for. Marblehead will have to battle death itself to see farther than the dark.
  • SHE GOES BEFORE ME
    Centerstage it's 1553, and Lady Jane Grey is destined to die; it may be a seven month stay in solitude for the sixteen year ex-sovereign, but she'd rather practice her beheading than recant to live. In the present, ten women in New York City gather in the round for morning Bible Study - grandmothers, immigrants, prison workers, upper east side pantsuits, and subway preachers sit with the "...
    Centerstage it's 1553, and Lady Jane Grey is destined to die; it may be a seven month stay in solitude for the sixteen year ex-sovereign, but she'd rather practice her beheading than recant to live. In the present, ten women in New York City gather in the round for morning Bible Study - grandmothers, immigrants, prison workers, upper east side pantsuits, and subway preachers sit with the "otherness" of other women in the face of God who made them to suffer. A play about the unseen woman and her faith we'd call crazy. And a female reformer who went before, today buried behind a legacy of men.
  • THE TOUR DE FORCE
    In the near future, a once quaint coastal town evacuates in the wake of an apocalyptic storm, but six people choose to stay: a deli caretaker, a carousel popcorn lady, a doomsday prepper, a fading physicist with a tin choral top, a mother who’s fighting to keep what’s left, and a daughter seeking chaos itself. It’s a timeless place at the end of time where allegory and reality are the present, but what force is...
    In the near future, a once quaint coastal town evacuates in the wake of an apocalyptic storm, but six people choose to stay: a deli caretaker, a carousel popcorn lady, a doomsday prepper, a fading physicist with a tin choral top, a mother who’s fighting to keep what’s left, and a daughter seeking chaos itself. It’s a timeless place at the end of time where allegory and reality are the present, but what force is feeling and what force is fact?