Karen Hartman

Karen Hartman

Karen Hartman is a recent Guggenheim Fellow whose plays have been celebrated as passionate, relevant storytelling that “resonate in the current moment with overpowering force (Variety)." Stay tuned for announcements about her four productions from the 2020-21 season “on pause” during the pandemic, including the New York premiere of ROZ AND RAY at Primary Stages, and the world premiere of a new musical,...
Karen Hartman is a recent Guggenheim Fellow whose plays have been celebrated as passionate, relevant storytelling that “resonate in the current moment with overpowering force (Variety)." Stay tuned for announcements about her four productions from the 2020-21 season “on pause” during the pandemic, including the New York premiere of ROZ AND RAY at Primary Stages, and the world premiere of a new musical, RATTLESNAKE KATE, score by Neyla Pekarek, at Denver Center (based on Pekarek's album Rattlesnake).

GOOD FAITH: FOUR CHATS ABOUT RACE AND THE NEW HAVEN FIRE DEPARTMENT premiered at Yale Repertory Theater in 2019, and three recent works – ROZ AND RAY (Edgerton New Play Prize), THE BOOK OF JOSEPH, and PROJECT DAWN (NEA Art Works Grant, NNPN Rolling World Premiere) – had ten productions across the country and are published by Samuel French. Hartman wrote the book for ALICE BLISS (music: Jenny Giering, lyrics: Adam Gwon, based on Laura Harrington's novel) which won the 2019 Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award. She is developing PROJECT DAWN for Population Media Center as a television series.

Hartman’s prose has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post. A New Dramatists alumna and former Playwrights Center McKnight Fellow, Princeton Hodder Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar, Hartman holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from Yale University. She served as Senior Artist-in-Residence at University of Washington School of Drama for five years, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Plays

  • Women and Nonbinary Monologue Project
    Please enjoy monologues for women/ nonbinary performers - for free on my website https://www.karenhartman.org/monologues-for-women.html
  • Project Dawn
    Philadelphia is home to a revolutionary – and shockingly funny - treatment court for prostitute women. In Project Dawn, seven actresses double as a staff members and court participants, probing the thin lines between freedom and slavery, activism and obsession, on both sides of the law.

    "One of the very best productions of the season. It’s a big moment as play and as theatrical entertainment...
    Philadelphia is home to a revolutionary – and shockingly funny - treatment court for prostitute women. In Project Dawn, seven actresses double as a staff members and court participants, probing the thin lines between freedom and slavery, activism and obsession, on both sides of the law.

    "One of the very best productions of the season. It’s a big moment as play and as theatrical entertainment."
    - Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Roz and Ray
    San Diego, 1976. Ray, a newly single father of twin hemophiliac boys, meets Roz, a hematologist in possession of miracle drug Factor 8. Roz seems to be Ray’s savior -- until the miracle goes bad. A fifteen-year tale of two adults growing up, ROZ AND RAY is a love story you've never heard before.
  • SuperTrue
    SuperTrue
    A tale for Two Humans and a Puppet

    On the porch of an almost-charming cabin in the Catskills, two New Yorkers reckon with the moment when Plan A fades away but Plan B has not emerged. In other words, they're turning forty. How will they make a new truth?

    (On the 2015 KILROYS LIST of most recommended new plays by women and transgender authors.)

    ...
    SuperTrue
    A tale for Two Humans and a Puppet

    On the porch of an almost-charming cabin in the Catskills, two New Yorkers reckon with the moment when Plan A fades away but Plan B has not emerged. In other words, they're turning forty. How will they make a new truth?

    (On the 2015 KILROYS LIST of most recommended new plays by women and transgender authors.)

    Casting:
    Janelle (40), White.
    Martin (40) Any ethnicity but white. He was raised by white parents.
    Dulce (10), a puppet.