Alandra Hileman

Alandra Hileman

Alandra Hileman is a writer, dramaturge, director, arts administrator, and recovering stage manager, currently hovering about the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a double BA in Drama (Play Development & Dramaturgy) & English (Literature), and an MFA in Playwriting, all from San Francisco State University. Recent work has included commissioned full-length readings for The Breadbox and the Loud &...
Alandra Hileman is a writer, dramaturge, director, arts administrator, and recovering stage manager, currently hovering about the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a double BA in Drama (Play Development & Dramaturgy) & English (Literature), and an MFA in Playwriting, all from San Francisco State University. Recent work has included commissioned full-length readings for The Breadbox and the Loud & Unladylike Festival, a commissioned workshop production for Quantum Dragon Theatre, and a commissioned production for Awesome Theatre. Her short plays have received readings and workshops with the San Francisco Olympians Festival, San Francisco State University, Do It Live! Productions, and 99 Stock.

Plays

  • Queen of the Sword
    FULL LENGTH. Just after the turn of the century, six women meet for a fencing class “for physical education and the betterment of young ladies.” When they discover their teacher is a woman once known as La Jaguarina, a world-renowned athlete, they are whisked into the fantastical tales of her time as a champion of the male-dominated world of competitive swordplay. But with rumors, history, and theory converging...
    FULL LENGTH. Just after the turn of the century, six women meet for a fencing class “for physical education and the betterment of young ladies.” When they discover their teacher is a woman once known as La Jaguarina, a world-renowned athlete, they are whisked into the fantastical tales of her time as a champion of the male-dominated world of competitive swordplay. But with rumors, history, and theory converging, La Jaguarina must finally defend not only her title as wold champion of the blade, but also her stories, her choices, and herself. (90-100 min.)
  • Spell Eternity
    FULL LENGTH. Unlike her best friend Kai, a brilliant spellcaster, Gerda has no aptitude for magic and buries herself in history and lore instead. When a dangerous entity intent on decimating their world unleashes an ancient curse from myth, Kai is infected and vanishes.

    Now, Gerda must use every mundane skill she can muster in a race through their swiftly dying lands to find Kai before the...
    FULL LENGTH. Unlike her best friend Kai, a brilliant spellcaster, Gerda has no aptitude for magic and buries herself in history and lore instead. When a dangerous entity intent on decimating their world unleashes an ancient curse from myth, Kai is infected and vanishes.

    Now, Gerda must use every mundane skill she can muster in a race through their swiftly dying lands to find Kai before the curse destroys his mind...and all hope of breaking the curse is lost with him. (2 hr, 15 min)

    (Originally written for 8 actors with doubling, but gender breakdown and cast size are somewhat flexible.)
  • Hiraeth
    FULL LENGTH. Over drinks in a pub, two strangers have a shocking revelation: they seem to know each other well and share memories of their past lives in the ancient mythic cycle of King Arthur. One believes that the myths are true and the memories are real, but flawed memories are not convincing evidence for the other. They enter into a heated debate about myth, identity, loyalty, survival, and the nature of...
    FULL LENGTH. Over drinks in a pub, two strangers have a shocking revelation: they seem to know each other well and share memories of their past lives in the ancient mythic cycle of King Arthur. One believes that the myths are true and the memories are real, but flawed memories are not convincing evidence for the other. They enter into a heated debate about myth, identity, loyalty, survival, and the nature of memory. And just when it seems they’ve reached an impasse, an ancient enemy enters the fray to offer everyone answers…for a price. (5 actors; 80 min. Diverse & gender-flexible casting. Script sample coming soon.)
  • Mercy Killing
    FULL LENGTH. [In Development.] Mercy is a barista is San Francisco. She’s also a serial killer. But it’s fine, the only person who knows is Thana, the Grim Reaper who keeps showing up at the murder scenes. She’s also Mercy’s girlfriend. Sort of. It’s complicated, especially because Mercy keeps flirting with Angie, the podcaster who hangs out at her coffee shop. Except Angie thinks there might be a serial killer...
    FULL LENGTH. [In Development.] Mercy is a barista is San Francisco. She’s also a serial killer. But it’s fine, the only person who knows is Thana, the Grim Reaper who keeps showing up at the murder scenes. She’s also Mercy’s girlfriend. Sort of. It’s complicated, especially because Mercy keeps flirting with Angie, the podcaster who hangs out at her coffee shop. Except Angie thinks there might be a serial killer in San Francisco. And there is, unless Mercy can stop. But if she stops, she’ll never get to see Thana again, and that’ll make it really hard to date. But so does Thana’s ex, another Reaper named Harmon, who also wants to know why there’s a serial killer running around unreported. Will romance be another casualty of this serial killing spree? (50-60 min. Premiering with Awesome Theatre in Summer of 2018.)
  • Power/Responsibility
    SHORT. Sometimes the heroes are the ones who need a little saving. (10 min.)
  • That Time You Thought I Was Sad
    SHORT. Well, what do you normally talk about when you’re smoking with a stranger in a hotel room the morning after you had sex?

    A man and a woman deal with the awkward conversation after a one-night stand...that they discover they've had for the second time. (15 min.)
  • Where You Gonna Run To?
    ONE-ACT. A Yankee con-man stumbles into his own civil war when he pays a call on two Carolinian sisters to discuss some criminal activity in this Southern noir thriller. (~30 min)
  • The Rules of Proper Urinal Etiquette
    ONE-ACT. Phil is a man on his way to success, but still finds himself stumbling over the challenges of uncomfortable social situations, which can lead to some literal bathroom humor when a sobbing woman runs into the gent's. Narrated in the style of a 1950s Coronet Instructional video, we follow Phil as he navigates the rules of the men’s bathroom…and of love? ( 20-25 min.)