Reina Hardy

Reina Hardy

Reina Hardy is a playwright. Her plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been seen across the country, including at Rorschach Theatre in DC, the Vortex in Austin, and the 2013 NNPN National New Play Showcase. She’s a Michener Fellow, winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA Prize, finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize and the recipient of an Interact 20/20 Commission. She can make things...
Reina Hardy is a playwright. Her plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been seen across the country, including at Rorschach Theatre in DC, the Vortex in Austin, and the 2013 NNPN National New Play Showcase. She’s a Michener Fellow, winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA Prize, finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize and the recipient of an Interact 20/20 Commission. She can make things happen with her mind. reinahardy.com

Plays

  • Glassheart
    FULL LENGTH: Beauty never showed up. After centuries under the curse, the Beast and his one remaining magical servant have moved into a shabby apartment near a 7-11, hoping for a lower cost of living and better luck with girls. Their building manager, a fellow immigrant with a taste for gingerbread and children, offers help in navigating this threatening, impossible, completely mundane world, but all her gifts...
    FULL LENGTH: Beauty never showed up. After centuries under the curse, the Beast and his one remaining magical servant have moved into a shabby apartment near a 7-11, hoping for a lower cost of living and better luck with girls. Their building manager, a fellow immigrant with a taste for gingerbread and children, offers help in navigating this threatening, impossible, completely mundane world, but all her gifts come with a price. When an eligible maiden moves into the second floor apartment, the servant (a relentlessly cheery lamp) colludes with the landlady to kidnap the girl. The servant finds herself assimilating the girl’s identity, her name, and bookstore job. As she becomes increasingly human, and the Beast becomes increasingly lost, she discovers what– and who– must be sacrificed for an ordinary life.
  • Stargazers
    FULL LENGTH: Rupert Knox wants two things in life: to make the astronomical discovery of the new millennium and to find a date to his sister’s wedding. He might have found both in Claire, a celestial poet getting over an interstellar break-up. But when a mysterious woman named Elaine shows up at Rupert’s door with an offer of her own, these star-crossed losers–sorry, lovers–will have to make big choices about...
    FULL LENGTH: Rupert Knox wants two things in life: to make the astronomical discovery of the new millennium and to find a date to his sister’s wedding. He might have found both in Claire, a celestial poet getting over an interstellar break-up. But when a mysterious woman named Elaine shows up at Rupert’s door with an offer of her own, these star-crossed losers–sorry, lovers–will have to make big choices about mortality, true love and whether to stick with vodka or switch to beer. Either way, tonight’s gonna be a good night.

    For reviews and pictures of an earlier version, see http://www.reinahardy.com/starsandbarmen
  • Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
    FULL LENGTH: Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really great hair. Althea’s here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars, but being the Chosen One isn't all glory. What...
    FULL LENGTH: Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS. One night in August, a meteor falls, and Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really great hair. Althea’s here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars, but being the Chosen One isn't all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny? A play for all audiences about finding your place in the universe, and intelligent life in your neighborhood.

    Hey! Want to hear this this play instead of reading it? It's available as a podcast from "The Parsnip Ship" https://soundcloud.com/the-parsnip-ship/annie-jump?in=the-parsnip-ship/sets/full-episodes
  • Changelings
    FULL LENGTH: "Hardy has imagined a uniquely compelling tale... Changelings... thrust(s) its onlookers into a twisted, fantastical world of fairies and spells where the stakes are high and the unbelievable has become the everyday. Keep your babies close, turn your shirt inside out, and dive headfirst into this realm where up is down and reality has been kicked to the curb." -Austin Chronicle review...
    FULL LENGTH: "Hardy has imagined a uniquely compelling tale... Changelings... thrust(s) its onlookers into a twisted, fantastical world of fairies and spells where the stakes are high and the unbelievable has become the everyday. Keep your babies close, turn your shirt inside out, and dive headfirst into this realm where up is down and reality has been kicked to the curb." -Austin Chronicle review

    The Powers are a family suffering from a rare inherited condition-their children are extremely likely to be stolen away by a fairy. Megan Powers wants to defy the odds, but her brother, Luther, has to stop her wedding at any cost, even if it means revealing the secret, magical world beneath the city of Austin to an outsider. When he teams up with a lovestruck magician to defeat the Wicked Child, the centuries-old villain that has stalked him his entire life, Luther discovers a startling truth about his own history- and unleashes a danger that no-one can control. A spectacle, a fantasy, a buddy comedy and a family tragedy, "Changelings" asks frightening questions about the making of children and the making of monsters.

    Review of the Austin Premiere: http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2015-01-23/changelings
  • The Afterparty (formerly known as the Claire Play)
    FULL LENGTH: Claire Leverrier, a poet haunted by the death of her childhood crush, reveals the secrets of the universe using a bicycle light and puppets. “The Claire Play” is a romance. Or is it a metaphor? Either way, Claire might never recover once a star steps down from the sky and invites her to a party.
  • A Map to Somewhere Else
    FULL LENGTH: Once a queen in Draegermandia, always a queen in Draegermandia....

    Three college kids return to an enchanted kingdom, and face everything they left behind.

    Click here for reviews and production photos from the NYC performance: http://www.everydayinferno.com/AMaptoSomewhereElse/

    AMTSE is a play with songs (kind of like "Twelfth Night.") However...
    FULL LENGTH: Once a queen in Draegermandia, always a queen in Draegermandia....

    Three college kids return to an enchanted kingdom, and face everything they left behind.

    Click here for reviews and production photos from the NYC performance: http://www.everydayinferno.com/AMaptoSomewhereElse/

    AMTSE is a play with songs (kind of like "Twelfth Night.") However, only one character sings. Score is available on request.
  • The Other Felix
    FULL LENGTH: Felix Bettleman lives on the hustle, and has, for professional reasons, changed his name. Someone steals his old one, along with his SS#, his voice and his face. Detective Marlow Sharp is here to help, but she obviously can't be trusted. Plus, she's asking the one question Felix can't answer. Who is Lily Arkinder, and why does the Other Felix want her?
  • Dark King Kills Unicorn
    20 MINUTES: Two epic warriors meet in a secluded mountain pass and mostly talk about girls. Contains man-on-unicorn sword fight. Published in "Best American Plays 2012-2013"
  • Cram School Snow Day
    TEN MINUTES: In the near and dangerous future, a group of cram school teachers wait for the kids to show up or for the city to explode into violence… whichever comes first.
  • Changelings: High School Edition: FULL LENGTH
    The Powers are a family suffering from a rare inherited condition-their children are extremely likely to be stolen away by a fairy. Megan Powers wants to defy the odds, but her brother, Luther, has to stop her wedding at any cost, even if it means revealing the secret, magical world beneath the city of Austin to an outsider. When he teams up with a lovestruck magician to defeat the Wicked Child, the centuries-...
    The Powers are a family suffering from a rare inherited condition-their children are extremely likely to be stolen away by a fairy. Megan Powers wants to defy the odds, but her brother, Luther, has to stop her wedding at any cost, even if it means revealing the secret, magical world beneath the city of Austin to an outsider. When he teams up with a lovestruck magician to defeat the Wicked Child, the centuries-old villain that has stalked him his entire life, Luther discovers a startling truth about his own history- and unleashes a danger that no-one can control. A spectacle, a fantasy, a buddy comedy and a family tragedy, "Changelings" asks frightening questions about the making of children and the making of monsters.

    Now in a high school edition! Created for the 2018 Griffin School production, this version adds lots of fun, small, flexible roles (for a total of 19 satisfying speaking roles plus an infinitely expandable chorus of fairies), makes certain characters younger, and tones down some language. The Austin Chronicle described the original 2015 production as "a uniquely compelling tale... Changelings... thrust(s) its onlookers into a twisted, fantastical world of fairies and spells where the stakes are high and the unbelievable has become the everyday. Keep your babies close, turn your shirt inside out, and dive headfirst into this realm where up is down and reality has been kicked to the curb." -Austin Chronicle

    A parent described the Griffin School production as "The first time I've seen my daughter be powerful on stage."
  • Fanatical: A Science Fiction Convention Musical
    FULL LENGTH MUSICAL: "Angel 8" is a cult science fiction TV show. It's also a lifestyle. To the fans gathered at the first-ever "Angel 8" convention, it's EVERYTHING. But when the unthinkable happens during show creator Scott Furnish's long-awaited keynote address, this group of lovable misfits must band together to prove that no power in the 'verse can keep a story from...
    FULL LENGTH MUSICAL: "Angel 8" is a cult science fiction TV show. It's also a lifestyle. To the fans gathered at the first-ever "Angel 8" convention, it's EVERYTHING. But when the unthinkable happens during show creator Scott Furnish's long-awaited keynote address, this group of lovable misfits must band together to prove that no power in the 'verse can keep a story from its fans.

    Reviews from the Fringe Festival production said:

    "A cast of characters that are all-too-likeable and all-too-real ....Fanatical has a brain, a heart, and a finger on the pulse of nerd passion and fandom.... these are canny writers - and a show - with a future."
    -Broadwayworld.com

    "Director Kate Staiger’s well-cast ensemble throws themselves at the material with total commitment... Board does a terrific job of creating music and lyrics."
    -New City

    "It was one of the best plays I have ever seen. It was funny. It was well-written. It had an awesome plot line. The songs were so well-written and clever and fun. "
    -Ada Grey Reviews for You (Chicago's favorite ten-year-old theatre critic)

    "...a love letter to fans. I want Wil Wheaton to see this show. I want Nathan Fillion to see this show. I wish it had a bigger space, a longer run, and a larger ensemble"
    -Geek Girl Chicago

    "The only flaw in Fanatical is that it leaves us wanting more."
    -The Reader
  • Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride
    FULL LENGTH: Meet Susan Swayne and the Society of Lady Detectives – aside from their interest in swordplay, they’re all perfectly proper Victorian women. Or are they? When the distraught Isabelle Fontaine-Kite insists that a member of the S.O.L.D. is actually her missing husband, Eric, Susan Swayne is on the case! Cross-dressing, double-crosses, opium and topless fencing make for an period action farce with...
    FULL LENGTH: Meet Susan Swayne and the Society of Lady Detectives – aside from their interest in swordplay, they’re all perfectly proper Victorian women. Or are they? When the distraught Isabelle Fontaine-Kite insists that a member of the S.O.L.D. is actually her missing husband, Eric, Susan Swayne is on the case! Cross-dressing, double-crosses, opium and topless fencing make for an period action farce with "sass and ovaries of steel" -Chicago Now.


    “Mary Poppins meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in Reina Hardy's action comedy about a Victorian-era "Society of Lady Detectives" – Chicago Reader

    “Unfailingly decorous and impeccably eloquent even when taking down an attacker with her umbrella or feinting with a sword in her unmentionables, playwright Reina Hardy’s Susan Swayne is a delightful creation.” –Time Out Chicago

    “Extravagant spectacle … a flying-petticoat fracas utilizing an array of household objects, knifework with a grisly hashshashin dagger and a splendiferous surprise-finish to the final girl-power showdown…. Hardy's script displays an articulate mastery of romantic-fiction conventions for this period… It's easy to envision Swayne and her feisty colleagues starring in a series of Steampunk-marketed graphic novels.”- Windy City Times

    “Filled with robust feminism and a distinctively humorous glint, Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s world premiere of Reina Hardy’s Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride is full of gothic delights… Pulsing with a true sense of Victorian melodrama and broad humor, playwright Hardy creates a distinct world… her ultimately compassionate tale brims with juicy life.” -Sheridan Road Magazine

    “It’s a mystery that also makes good use of dramatic irony, a farce that has some poignancy, and a feminist show with elements obviously geared toward men… I challenge anyone to attend and not come away with a smile.” – Chicago Theater Beat

    “Susan Swayne is Agatha Christie with sass and ovaries of steel… First in a series- I hope!” –Chicago Now
  • Twelve: A Tragedy
    TEN MINUTES: A princess negotiates with a soldier in this subversive take on a classic fairy tale.
  • The Gauntlet
    ONE ACT: A superhero office comedy. Ancient and modern myths collide in the story of a supergenius billionaire inventor who can’t get over the woman who tried to kill him- even though his winsome, witty secretary is right there with the coffee.
  • The Eidophusikon
    FULL LENGTH: In a buried storage locker under a vacant lot in Illinois, a reclusive man and a strange girl work to build a window to another world. Their only materials? Souvenir prom glasses, old wedding dresses, and other remnants of discarded lives purchased from the dubious secondhand shop Deep Thrift. But when David, a rather large and normal seeming young man, descends into Don and Fatima’s sanctuary in...
    FULL LENGTH: In a buried storage locker under a vacant lot in Illinois, a reclusive man and a strange girl work to build a window to another world. Their only materials? Souvenir prom glasses, old wedding dresses, and other remnants of discarded lives purchased from the dubious secondhand shop Deep Thrift. But when David, a rather large and normal seeming young man, descends into Don and Fatima’s sanctuary in pursuit of a picture he desperately needs for his father’s funeral, he sets their precariously constructed little family on a crash course with reality. “The Eidophusikon” is a play about death, 18th Century technology, and the extraordinary lengths that must be taken to reach the people we love, the ones standing right next to us.

    NOTE: this is a rough draft- available for development opportunities.