Hannah Kenah

Hannah Kenah

Hannah Kenah is a playwright, performer, and devising artist. She is a member of the Rude Mechs and has been developing original work with the company since 2008, including THE METHOD GUN, STOP HITTING YOURSELF, and I'VE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY. Hannah wrote and performed in Rude Mechs’ FIELD GUIDE, which was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and premiered in their 2017-2018 season. She wrote and...
Hannah Kenah is a playwright, performer, and devising artist. She is a member of the Rude Mechs and has been developing original work with the company since 2008, including THE METHOD GUN, STOP HITTING YOURSELF, and I'VE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY. Hannah wrote and performed in Rude Mechs’ FIELD GUIDE, which was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and premiered in their 2017-2018 season. She wrote and performed in Rude Mechs' NOW NOW OH NOW, which completed a national tour including Miami Light Project, Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and FringeArts in Philadelphia. Additionally Hannah is a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater, with whom she has worked on her plays GUEST BY COURTESY, WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ALICE SITS, HEAVEN BORN WIND, and has traveled for artist exchanges to Sofia, Bulgaria and Vancouver, British Columbia. Hannah’s plays have been finalists for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ALICE SITS), PlayPenn Conference (KITTY HAWK OR KILL DEVIL), the Reva Shiner Comedy Award (EVERYTHING IS ESTABLISHED), semifinalist for the Relentless Award (WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ALICE SITS), selected for inclusion in Fusebox Festival and Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, honorably mentioned on the Kilroy List, and have received multiple awards from the Austin Critics Table. Hannah is currently collaborating with Mason Rosenthal (of Lightning Rod Special) on her plays POET BEING INTERVIEWED and THREE SHITTY SONS. Hannah received her BA from Dartmouth College and her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Plays

  • Three Shitty Sons
    THREE SHITTY SONS is the story of three shitty sons who loves the holidays, and in other new, they're trying to get their mother to hurry up and die. Meanwhile, a lonely narrator finds a way to insert herself into the terrible family, and the mother Mamu scrapes around the house, enduring the torments of the sons she raised. This disheveled comedy mucks around in complicated renderings of gender, sentiment, and kinship.
  • With Great Difficulty Alice Sits
    WITH GREAT DIFFICULTY ALICE SITS is the story of Alice, who is pregnant and terrified. She sits (and sits and sits) in her dark mind, weighed down by boredom and biology. Eventually Alice’s belly grows so large it eclipses her, and her once cheerful husband falls into despair. An imaginary child named Fireclay and an exhausted House Call Doctor help to populate this story of a pregnancy gone surreal.
  • Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil
    KITTY HAWK OR KILL DEVIL engages in the turf war between Ohio and North Carolina, landing firmly on the side of Ohio, where aviation was born. It throws a spotlight on Michael Collins, the third astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission, who no one remembers because he was on the dark side of the Moon while Neil and Buzz walked in the light of all that glory. Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil is a play about our country's...
    KITTY HAWK OR KILL DEVIL engages in the turf war between Ohio and North Carolina, landing firmly on the side of Ohio, where aviation was born. It throws a spotlight on Michael Collins, the third astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission, who no one remembers because he was on the dark side of the Moon while Neil and Buzz walked in the light of all that glory. Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil is a play about our country's obsession with greatness and about those of us (most of us) who live only in proximity to it.
  • Poet Being Interviewed
    POET BEING INTERVIEWED is a public interview of a private person on the occasion of the cessation of her career. Set in an alternate society that worships and then abandons poets, the play borrows the brutal format of reality TV, exposing personal sorrow for mass entertainment. Executed by two harried performers rapidly alternating between host and guests, Poet Being Interviewed drags the private into the...
    POET BEING INTERVIEWED is a public interview of a private person on the occasion of the cessation of her career. Set in an alternate society that worships and then abandons poets, the play borrows the brutal format of reality TV, exposing personal sorrow for mass entertainment. Executed by two harried performers rapidly alternating between host and guests, Poet Being Interviewed drags the private into the public, dissecting contemporary concerns of identity, authenticity, and artistry.
  • Everything is Established
    EVERYTHING IS ESTABLISHED is the story of two hapless servants, Montgomery and Plaster, who continue to inhabit the home of their master Mr. Albert even after his death. All is freedom until the arrival of Sally, a bride who was ordered shortly before Mr. Albert died. This tightly woven, highly physical comedy is part farce, part theater of the absurd, part ghost story.