Beth Hyland

Beth Hyland

Beth Hyland is a Chicago-based playwright. She is the co-founder and playwright in residence of The Sound, which has produced her plays Seagulls (2015), For Annie (2016), and Red Bowl at the Jeffs (2018). Her play For Annie was also the inaugural production of The Hearth in New York City. Her plays and musicals have been developed and seen at Steppenwolf LookOut, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Stephen Joseph...
Beth Hyland is a Chicago-based playwright. She is the co-founder and playwright in residence of The Sound, which has produced her plays Seagulls (2015), For Annie (2016), and Red Bowl at the Jeffs (2018). Her play For Annie was also the inaugural production of The Hearth in New York City. Her plays and musicals have been developed and seen at Steppenwolf LookOut, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Stephen Joseph Theatre (UK), First Floor Theatre, Commission Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, Underscore Theatre, Rabid Bat Theatricals, 20% Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Valentine's Plays, Dixon Place, Potluck Variety Hour, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is a proud alumna of Kenyon College and the National Theatre Institute.

Plays

  • Clearing
    When Jess gets a job at LaLaLea, the upscale yoga pants store and lifestyle brand, she feels like she's finally found her way. But when sudden violence strikes a nearby store, Jess and her co-workers learn that even positive energy has a dark side. Clearing is a dark coming-of-age comedy about friendship, yoga pants, and the pressure women are under—and what happens when that pressure makes them snap.
  • Killed a Man (Joking)
    Okay so Megan may have killed Trevor, but it was an accident! Or it was self-defense. Or both! But now Liv, Amanda, and Katie have to decide exactly how far they’re willing to go to help their co-worker in need. Killed a Man (Joking) is a pitch-black comedy about violence, justice, and what it really means to be a ride-or-die friend.
  • Symphony for Six Jonis
    This is a play about Joni Mitchell, hero worship, the horrible phrase "woman artist," and what happens when the people we love the most let us down.
  • Red Bowl at the Jeffs
    The cast of Red Bowl Ensemble's production of Three Sisters have finally made it: to the Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards, that is. Loosely inspired by Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, Red Bowl at the Jeffs follows a group of young artists dealing with ambition, failure, friendship, and making it to Moscow.
  • Seagulls
    Seagulls is an indie-rock musical loosely based on Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. This contemporary retelling of the classic tragicomedy follows four friends and bandmates at a small college as they struggle to achieve artistic greatness without losing themselves – or each other.
  • For Annie
    Annie Lambert was murdered in the middle of her senior year. So the sisters of the Beta Tau Alpha sorority at SUNY Onondaga are memorializing her in the best way they know how: they're putting on a play. For Annie uses Greek chorus, pop music, dance, and a lot of glitter to explore grief, guilt, sisterhood, and what it means to remember.
  • Neil and Shelly Try Something
    Neil and Shelly are engaged, and they're ready to spice things up.
  • Now More Than Ever
    Will, Haley, and Sasha are Making A Difference.
  • You Haven't Tried Everything Yet
    Vivian and Ellie are waiting for the show to start.
  • Lunar Colony 1A117+, 1500 Earth Time
    Westport and Darien are (literally) watching the world burn.
  • Cloud Gate
    Jas remembers what happened with Gaby at Cloud Gate.