Reina Hardy

Reina Hardy

Reina Hardy is a playwright from Chicago, currently living in New York. 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 NNPN National New Play Showcase. She’s a Michener Fellow at UT Austin, winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA Prize, finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize and the recipient...
Reina Hardy is a playwright from Chicago, currently living in New York. 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 NNPN National New Play Showcase. She’s a Michener Fellow at UT Austin, 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. Most Recently: "Changelings" at the Vortex, "Annie Jump" at Write Now, "Stargazers" at KCACTF, "Fanatical the Musical" at CMTF, The Bleeding Heart Show with Flying V, "The Claire Play" at Indiana State University Coming up next: "Fanatical the Musical" UK with the Stable, ECC Playlab, Pipeline Matchstick Series

Plays

  • Cram School Snow Day
    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.
  • A Map to Somewhere Else
    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...
    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.
  • Dark King Kills Unicorn
    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"
  • Changelings
    NOTE! I had a version up for the past couple of weeks that was missing the last page. Please re-download! 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...
    NOTE! I had a version up for the past couple of weeks that was missing the last page. Please re-download! 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 Hey there! Looking to get to know me as a playwright? I suggest you scroll down and check out "Glassheart" or "Stargazers." "Changelings" is a spectacle-based play, which is a bit unusual for me.
  • The Claire Play
    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.
  • The Other Felix
    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?
  • Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
    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...
    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.
  • Stargazers
    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,...
    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
  • Glassheart
    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...
    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.