Hanna Novak

Hanna Novak

Hanna Novak is a New York City-based playwright. Her plays have been presented as part of the New Ohio's Ice Factory Festival and at the Performing Garage in New York City. She is a member of the 2020-21 Clubbed Thumb early-career writers' group and has been a resident at the Ucross Foundation in Ucross, WY. Hanna graduated from the MFA Playwriting program at Hunter College in 2018, where she studied...
Hanna Novak is a New York City-based playwright. Her plays have been presented as part of the New Ohio's Ice Factory Festival and at the Performing Garage in New York City. She is a member of the 2020-21 Clubbed Thumb early-career writers' group and has been a resident at the Ucross Foundation in Ucross, WY. Hanna graduated from the MFA Playwriting program at Hunter College in 2018, where she studied with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Annie Baker. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing.

Plays

  • I Wanna Destroy You
    A seemingly random act of violence connects the lives of two aging liberals and a group of teenage friends in New York City. Drawing on current events, pop culture, and the tender and at-times absurd dynamics of teen friendships, the play considers what it is to grapple with — and grow through — loss in a fraught political present.
  • The Opera is Always on the Table
    A preteen girl and her mother attempt to navigate a tragic accident, both together and apart. A short play with music based on Sophocles' Ajax about discovering who your parents really are.
  • The Knights
    In a dark European forest, two knights – childhood friends – reunite in a clearing. Eight hundred
    years later, another pair of childhood friends falls in love, leaving their parents to reckon with
    the new relationship as well as their own marriages. The Knights puts these seemingly disparate
    characters side-by-side to reveal how our most intense feelings have the power to transcend time
    and challenge logic.