Holli Harms

Holli Harms

As a playwright Holli has been awarded the Terrence G. Hall Fellowship, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, and an EST/Sloan Grant.  Holli was commissioned by 365 Women A Year to write a play about science fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler. She was a Finalist for A Room Of Her Own and finalist two years in a row with Nantucket Short Play Festival. Her play NAPLES, FL was a finalist with the Great Plains Theatre Festival...
As a playwright Holli has been awarded the Terrence G. Hall Fellowship, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, and an EST/Sloan Grant.  Holli was commissioned by 365 Women A Year to write a play about science fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler. She was a Finalist for A Room Of Her Own and finalist two years in a row with Nantucket Short Play Festival. Her play NAPLES, FL was a finalist with the Great Plains Theatre Festival as well as New York’s Summer Play Festival. Her play,SHOUTING DOWN A QUIET LIFE was awarded Second Rounder at the Austin City Film Festival 2018. Her flash fiction story, “The Russians”, is published in The Dead Mule Southern Literature, as well as her essay I GREW UP. Her plays have been produced by Estrogenius Festival NYC, Edgemar Center Santa Monica, and City Theatre, Miami, to name a few.

Her play MAKE JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY GO HOME, which was produced by City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Festival, Miami, is published in Smith & Krause’s “Anthology Of 50 Best Ten Minute Plays”.  Her play COUGAR is published in “The City Theatre Anthology”.  Her essay, “Crashing”, about the adoption of her daughter, Beatrice, in China is published in Verbal Supply Company.

She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a contributing writer for Verbal Supply Company and Monologues & Madness. Holli is also contributing screenwriter for the directing program at School Of Visual Arts (SVA) NYC, and on the board of Women In The Arts and Media Coalition.

Plays

  • Popping Your Skirt And Swimming
    A kayak, paddle, and broom are held as weapons of choice, and the outside sun is kept at bay. There is celery that has to be wrapped and beds that have to be moved. The neighbors are taking their house apart piece by piece, and Greg feels trapped inside with only his mother and grandmother. He has more, a wife and child out there where there are teeth gnashing. Or does he? He has to find out, but how?
  • The Revolution of Katey and Bear
    A young couple discover the repercussions of loss and blame. Katey and Michael have everything or so it seems but a decision they made to terminate her pregnancy has left one moving on and one stuck in pain. Michael’s got a knife and Katey a stuffed bear and hammer and neither is backing down.
  • Palmetto
    Palmetto is a play within a play containing three intertwined storylines of both time and structure: A prominent and influential theatre company that has made its mark in the world by doing plays by writers of color chooses to do an exciting new play about the Underground Railroad only to learn that the playwright is not who they thought she was.  A young couple, runaway slaves, struggle their way north to...
    Palmetto is a play within a play containing three intertwined storylines of both time and structure: A prominent and influential theatre company that has made its mark in the world by doing plays by writers of color chooses to do an exciting new play about the Underground Railroad only to learn that the playwright is not who they thought she was.  A young couple, runaway slaves, struggle their way north to Canada and discover what freedom really means to each other.  A young boy, born into slavery, posses an art unlike any other and, who with his art, takes a journey that lifts him above his tortured bondage.  
  • Gorilla
    Claire Holden can no longer have sex with her husband Fletcher so they hire a surrogate to be Fletcher’s sex partner. But things take a turn when Fletcher steps over his wife unexpectedly and leaves her wondering how invisible does a woman become when she is no longer sexually viable...when she has aged past cat-calls, wolf whistles and double takes. Spinning and chest pounding and much to do about much ensue.
  • For Abby
    At a writer’s retreat in the mountains, a woman waits for a new friend but when an old one shows up she finally has the chance to confront what happened years ago and hopefully mend the relationship.
  • Cougar
    A woman of a certain age arrives at a bar to meet up with her college love but what she finds instead surprises not only her but everyone else, including the broad at the bar.
  • Make John Patrick Shanley Home
    At a restaurant/bar in New York City, three sisters arrive for what they hope to be a nice dinner out.  But with no bread on the table, or calamari on the menu and a famous playwright at the bar, tonight there will be a whole lot of stomping, finger pointing and bully calling.