Dana Hall

Dana Hall

Dana Hall is a Chicago-based author, playwright, speaker, and mental health therapist. Her award-winning children's book, Beyond Words was released in 2020. She was a Finalist Winner in the 2021 Hear Me Out Monologue Competition & Labor Day Festival and her play Stay Awhile took place in the Two-Hander Slam competition in October 2021.
Her plays have been featured in dozens of theatres and...
Dana Hall is a Chicago-based author, playwright, speaker, and mental health therapist. Her award-winning children's book, Beyond Words was released in 2020. She was a Finalist Winner in the 2021 Hear Me Out Monologue Competition & Labor Day Festival and her play Stay Awhile took place in the Two-Hander Slam competition in October 2021.
Her plays have been featured in dozens of theatres and highlights include a best of fringe award at the Women’s Theatre Festival (NC) summer/2021 for her examination of social disparities with the piece, No Justice. Her show Unprovoked was featured as one of two PRIDE shows published by Barely Seen Editor 2021. Her original full-length virtual comedy The Tenant was featured in the Rogue Theater Festival (NYC) 2021 & Thornhill Fringe Festival. She was also nominated Best Director and Best Play at Triangle Rainbow Theatre’s LGBTQ play festival (NYC 2021) for her work on a show she also wrote called Sunny Side Up. Her comedic monologue Plaque Kills is in Equity Theatre Library. She has been published with Smith Scripts UK & Stage Plays.
She is the co-founder and artistic director of This Moment Productions, a virtual theatre company with the mission to increase access and equity in the theatrical arts.
She is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, International Centre for Women Playwrights, and HonorRoll! DanaLHall.com

Plays

  • Stay Awhile
    Samantha has been concerned about her mother, Janice, since her father’s passing. She has convinced Janice to use video chat to catch up with her and see how she is doing. This play deals with complex grief. It’s a window into the world most families do not talk about.
  • Chasing Cinderella
    40 Minute Play
    As children, we are captivated by fairy tales full of whimsy. But not all of us see ourselves represented in those pages- Chasing Cinderella is a coming-of-age story that proves real life can be better than any fairy tale when you’re true to yourself.
  • Ahavah
    10 Minute Comedy/ Co-Written with David Lipschutz
    After his Bubbie’s death, Saul returns home to his family after a long absence to sit Shiva. Alice,
    Saul’s girlfriend joins him. Saul tries to portray the perfect version of what he thinks his family
    wants. However, a message from the beyond leads both Saul and Alice to some meaningful
    realizations.
  • Copycat
    10min
    Copycat highlights the complexity of female relationships and challenges the concept of artistic freedom.
  • Always
    10 min
    After a medical emergency, Harold and Francis share how their love has grown through the years.
  • Me, Myself, & Moscato
    10 min
    Welcome to virtual dating- with a twist. Steph logs on to meet Mark but along on their date is the option to meet each others' exes. Has Steph found her true love or just the bottom of her glass? This comedic look at the direction of matchmaking is laugh-out-loud funny. Guaranteed to make you laugh, cringe, and keep you intrigued until the end.

  • Boogie Man
    Very Short Thriller (2min)
    A first date to remember.
  • Sorry I'm Late
    Comedic Monologue.
    An actress is late for her audition.
  • My Vagina Has A First Name
    When these 5 friends get together for “book club” life gives them a plot twist they won’t soon forget.
  • Under the Floorboards
    Short 15min.
    Under the Floorboards is an adaptation of Egar Allen Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart that depicts the internal struggle to escape patriarchal constraints. The narrator seeks deliverance from the paternal surveillance (The EYE), that has dominated and abused its privilege for far too long.
    This updated version captures the essence of the original with a modern twist.
    This is the stage...
    Short 15min.
    Under the Floorboards is an adaptation of Egar Allen Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart that depicts the internal struggle to escape patriarchal constraints. The narrator seeks deliverance from the paternal surveillance (The EYE), that has dominated and abused its privilege for far too long.
    This updated version captures the essence of the original with a modern twist.
    This is the stage version.

    If needing a virtual version please inquire.

  • All Grown Up
    10 min
    Steve invites his daughter Diana out for a dinner in the hopes of reconnecting. Has too much time passed for these two to connect?
  • Just Breathe
    Monologue
    Emily is sharing about her trauma at her first NAMI support group.
  • Because I Said So
    A two-minute monologue for auditions.
    Raising socially conscious kids is not easy especially in the climate we face today.
  • Invisible
    Monologue 1-2min
    No one likes rejection but there's something worse... being forgotten.
    A lifetime of feeling invisible leaves John contemplating if he matters.
  • Ghost In The Net
    10min
    Two friends sit on a bench next to a tennis court.
  • What Happened To Tinker Bell?
    Monologue
    BETH is a mother of a precocious four-year-old that always keeps her on her toes. Beth tells the story of her daughter’s bedtime question to a friend. We come to see she has definitive feelings about how things are supposed to be in relationships as she reveals more than just the truth about what happened to Tinker Bell.
  • Don't Lose Your Head
    A couple comes back from the dead for one night. Can they manage to not lose their heads?
  • Foreign Bodies
    10min
    Holly shares her experience with reproductive care and the standard of care that often leaves women feeling like their bodies are not their own.
    TW: Miscarriage/Medical
  • Underneath
    Short 15min
    Synopsis: Steve is concerned about the amount of stuff his elderly parents have packed into their home. He comes to learn a lesson about holding on and letting go.
  • Unprovoked
    Synopsis: A high school student gets into a physical altercation with another student. It is revealed there is much more under the surface when Isaiah finds himself trapped between impossible choices. This play represents the statistics indicating LGBTQ youth are not receiving the support, acceptance, and advocacy needed to ensure their health and wellness. It is in response to the death record reports of LGBTQ...
    Synopsis: A high school student gets into a physical altercation with another student. It is revealed there is much more under the surface when Isaiah finds himself trapped between impossible choices. This play represents the statistics indicating LGBTQ youth are not receiving the support, acceptance, and advocacy needed to ensure their health and wellness. It is in response to the death record reports of LGBTQ youth who died by suicide that indicate a history of bullying more than five times more often when compared to records of non-LGBTQ youth.
  • When Your Step-Father Wants To Rule The Earth
    10 min play
    A group comes together for family therapy.

    *Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos will get a kick out of this one.
  • Magic Memories
    As graduation from junior high approaches Amy is desperate to make some memories before high school. Unfortunately nothing exciting has happened until the principal goes missing! Can Amy organize a group of students in secret to find out what happened to him before the bullies find out he’s gone!? Find out what happens...
  • Sunny Side Up
    10Min
    Asher just wants a nice breakfast. Is that too much to ask? Apparently, yes. We have all had to deal with an order that was wrong, this takes it to a whole new level. In this comedy with heart, we are reminded of how the little things sometimes are the big thing in life.
  • I Hate My Afterlife
    A comedy with heart about a new ghost assigned to a mortal family. Her guide to the afterlife helps her see that sometimes we forget what matters most.
  • Imaginary Friends
    In the waiting room of imagination, we find a room full of imaginary friends waiting to be assigned.
    *Accepted into the 17th annual Gi60 US festival in October 2021.
  • 6 Feet Apart
    A shopping experience during the pandemic.
  • Dandelion
    Two people go for a walk and find a dandelion.
    A commentary on how life survives all odds.
    1minute play
  • Sidewalk Psychic
    10 min play
    Ben and Kevin work together at an accounting firm in the city. They are heading out for their lunch hour and have decided to walk to a restaurant. Ben thinks Kevin is a psychic and pumps him for information about his future. It turns out that Kevin is not a psychic but nothing deters Ben from trying to get the answers he wants.
  • No Justice
    10min version
    Theatre and storytelling are art forms meant to allow us into spaces that need to be explored. No Justice is a virtual theatre piece that brings Justice, a young-black woman from Southern Illinois, and Dr. Myers, a middle aged-white therapist, together to have a candid conversation about the racial disparities that compound the everyday life of black youth. The two women come to see each...
    10min version
    Theatre and storytelling are art forms meant to allow us into spaces that need to be explored. No Justice is a virtual theatre piece that brings Justice, a young-black woman from Southern Illinois, and Dr. Myers, a middle aged-white therapist, together to have a candid conversation about the racial disparities that compound the everyday life of black youth. The two women come to see each other and build a conscience middle-ground teaching us that we do not need to fear difficult conversations- we need to embrace them. TW: No Justice
    We present our work to open discussion on topics such as white privilege, segregation, institutionalized and systemic racism.

    Co-writer Kenisha Morgan
  • Bluebells
    In this dramatic monologue, the poetic/artistic expression of someone experiencing sexual trauma is captured. Though there are no graphic descriptions, however, it should be presented with a trigger warning prior to performing. It has made a dynamic audition piece and is a powerful expression of human resiliency.
  • All Out Of Spoons
    Lynn is attending her first virtual chronic illness support group. Her narrative is told in part with the help of three other women sharing their experience with chronic illness. None of the women are aware of each other as Lynn is the only current speaker. This illustrates the power of sharing our experience and exemplifies we are not alone in our battles. Artistically done and powerfully represents the...
    Lynn is attending her first virtual chronic illness support group. Her narrative is told in part with the help of three other women sharing their experience with chronic illness. None of the women are aware of each other as Lynn is the only current speaker. This illustrates the power of sharing our experience and exemplifies we are not alone in our battles. Artistically done and powerfully represents the diverse experience of those with chronic illness/chronic pain.
  • The Tenant
    The Tenant is specifically written for a virtual platform (zoom) and utilizes the camera to enhance the physical comedy within the show. In this comedy, a young couple purchases a home that comes with a renter. The tenant lives in the basement and when odd things keep happening around the house the Harlings’ suspicion grows. What is The Tenant hiding? Driven by fun banter and clever antics we learn the Harlings...
    The Tenant is specifically written for a virtual platform (zoom) and utilizes the camera to enhance the physical comedy within the show. In this comedy, a young couple purchases a home that comes with a renter. The tenant lives in the basement and when odd things keep happening around the house the Harlings’ suspicion grows. What is The Tenant hiding? Driven by fun banter and clever antics we learn the Harlings may have gotten in over their heads – even if the place has double vanities.
    Runtime: 45-60mins

  • Plaque Kills
    Do you dread going to the dentist? Who doesn't! This 1min comedic monologue explores the dangers of not flossing. It works for zoom or in-person auditions. It has a lot of options for dramatic, physical comedy, and can showcase your comedic range.
    (Gender-Neutral)
  • Sound Mind
    Sam has end stage cancer and leaving a portion of their last will and testament via video recording. We are pulled into the world of someone standing on the border of life and death- with a balance of raw emotion and levity we can't help but connect to Sam.
  • Head Over Heels
    Monica and Kevin are walking to the door after their date. They are joined by Monica’s Brain, though they can’t see her, she is the manifestation of Monica's inner world.
  • Coal For Christmas
    10 min
    When Santa goes missing the Reindeer go through extreme paranormal measures to try and find him.
  • Joyride
    1min Christmas-Themed Play
    What happens when the reindeer take the sleigh out without Santa? They have to go on the run!