Alli Hartley-Kong

Alli Hartley-Kong

Alli Hartley-Kong is a playwright, poet and historian based in northern NJ. Her plays have been performed by Carlow Little Theatre, Reno Little Theatre, Theatre Off-Kilter, Fusion Theatre, and she was recently commissioned by Single Carrot Theatre. She has also been published in Smithsonian Magazine, Hyperallergic, Feels Blind Literary Journal, Stylus magazine and the Human Touch Journal. She is interested in...
Alli Hartley-Kong is a playwright, poet and historian based in northern NJ. Her plays have been performed by Carlow Little Theatre, Reno Little Theatre, Theatre Off-Kilter, Fusion Theatre, and she was recently commissioned by Single Carrot Theatre. She has also been published in Smithsonian Magazine, Hyperallergic, Feels Blind Literary Journal, Stylus magazine and the Human Touch Journal. She is interested in exploring women's history through theatre.

Plays

  • Waiting for the Double Lines
    FULL LENGTH DRAMEDY- Irreverent livestream comedian Natalie and her husband Josh struggle to conceive, while across the City historian Katherine and her husband Rathanak “Ryan” debate whether or not to adopt, all against the background of the isolating global pandemic. Not realizing they are connected by a history deeper than it appears on the surface through the figure of Patty, an aged abortion activist...
    FULL LENGTH DRAMEDY- Irreverent livestream comedian Natalie and her husband Josh struggle to conceive, while across the City historian Katherine and her husband Rathanak “Ryan” debate whether or not to adopt, all against the background of the isolating global pandemic. Not realizing they are connected by a history deeper than it appears on the surface through the figure of Patty, an aged abortion activist living on a Wisconsin ranch, their fates come together in a fertility clinic waiting room.
  • The Grape Nerds Reunion
    TEN-MINUTE. Mike and Alyssa are connected by a past he can’t remember. When they meet at a high school
    reunion, Alyssa confides in Mike her mental health history—and he realizes the impact an
    encounter from a decade ago could have.

    Content Warning: This play contains brief mentions of a character’s past suicidal tendencies.
  • The Waiting Room
    When loud-mouth comedian Natalie violates the fight club etiquette of the waiting room of a fertility clinic, an
    unexpected and hilarious friendship forms between her and Katherine, another women who is
    waiting…not just to see the doctor, but to have a chance to start her family.
  • Pandemic Birthday Card
    In this five-minute monologue written for Zoom performance, a grandfather wishes his grandson a happy birthday from the isolation of a nursing home with a covid-19 outbreak.
  • I Hate Living in the Caldwells
    When a nice white PTA mom accidentally creates chaos on the town's Facebook page by creating a fundraiser to sell covid facemasks branded with the town's racist mascot, what's an unemployed ombudsman to do but call a Zoom meeting of all the offended parties? This twenty-minute one act spoofs a phenomena well-known to suburbanites: the political argument on the town's Facebook page.
  • Stuck at the Top With You
    A divorced couple find themselves stuck together on the top of a roller coaster for ten minutes. What do they learn about their shared history and co-parenting relationship?
  • Bacon With Dad
    What is the perfect day, one you relive in dreams? If your father’s dying, it’s a perfect, normal morning with
    him. In this ten-minute play about our subconscious desires, Jessie’s father returns to prompt her
    to ask an overwhelming question
  • Yet to Come
    What is the legacy of choice? In this play about Jean and her daughter Barbara, two generations of women in small-town America before Roe v. Wade, family power dynamics control their destiny. In Act I, Jean mulls her reproductive options in 1949, a journey mirrored in Act II when her daughter Barbara also contemplates choice in an era marked by control. The play is ultimately about the legacy of reproductive rights, choice and power.
  • Fragile Deliveries
    Could you go back to delivering babies, after having an abortion? In this thought-provoking take on abortion and adoption, two maternity ward nurses of different generations confront the history of choice through a conversation. A twenty-minute one-act.
  • Lessons in Feeling Human
    What is "the real world"? What risks do we take to feel normal and loved in the most abnormal of circumstances? Lessons in Feeling Human tells the story of Amy and Ricky, two millenials who live in the same apartment, at three points during the spring 2020 lockdown. They connect deeply on the fire escape, a place separate from their "real world" lives in a time when the "real world...
    What is "the real world"? What risks do we take to feel normal and loved in the most abnormal of circumstances? Lessons in Feeling Human tells the story of Amy and Ricky, two millenials who live in the same apartment, at three points during the spring 2020 lockdown. They connect deeply on the fire escape, a place separate from their "real world" lives in a time when the "real world" no longer exists. However, what happens on the fire escape doesn't always stay on the fire escape, and in "the real world", Amy is in a lackluster marriage. Her time with Ricky helps her determine what she wants her life to look like, once lockdown is over. This is a forty-minute one act that is meant to be performed by actors practicing social distancing.
  • The Lighthouse Keepers
    Catie has been an up-and-coming actress for the past twenty years; had the pandemic not happened, she would have finally gotten her big break this year. Paulie is a quiet morgue worker. When they meet on
    the Staten Island ferry, Catie contemplates a big decision with Paulie’s reluctant help.
  • Is it Enough
    Paul and his wife Mary clash with Paul’s father James as it becomes clear that James disapproves of Paul and Mary’s adopted children. As Paul and Mary discuss what it takes to be a family, they stumble upon a discussion over what is enough to make them happy.