Dana Hall

Dana Hall

Dana Hall (she/her) is a playwright, actor, and mental health therapist. She was awarded Excellence In Playwrighting by the Theater Association of NYS (TANYS) 2022. Her Edgar Allen Poe adaptation (Under the Floorboards) took home Outstanding Theatrical Adaptation, Gee-rated Intertainment, 2022. She was a finalist with Morecambe Fringe John Clarke Memorial Prize for script-writing (Lucid). Her self-performed/...
Dana Hall (she/her) is a playwright, actor, and mental health therapist. She was awarded Excellence In Playwrighting by the Theater Association of NYS (TANYS) 2022. Her Edgar Allen Poe adaptation (Under the Floorboards) took home Outstanding Theatrical Adaptation, Gee-rated Intertainment, 2022. She was a finalist with Morecambe Fringe John Clarke Memorial Prize for script-writing (Lucid). Her self-performed/original monologue (Snowglobe) won the Femuscript Monologue Contest 2022. She was the Audience Choice Award winner (Underneath) Eclectic Theatre Patchwork Festival 2021. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, Honor Roll!, and International Centre for Female Playwrights. DanaHallCreates.com Instagram: @DanaHallCreates

Plays

  • Refracted Light
    Full-Length (90min)
    Lucy is preparing for Penny to leave for college when she discovers information that casts doubt on whether now is the right time. Before she can address her concerns, an unexpected turn of events occurs—Penny goes missing. With loss, mental health struggles, and a whirlwind of changes, the family finds itself unraveling. The question arises: How can a typical suburban family cope...
    Full-Length (90min)
    Lucy is preparing for Penny to leave for college when she discovers information that casts doubt on whether now is the right time. Before she can address her concerns, an unexpected turn of events occurs—Penny goes missing. With loss, mental health struggles, and a whirlwind of changes, the family finds itself unraveling. The question arises: How can a typical suburban family cope with these challenges without losing their sanity?
  • My Kind Of Christmas
    Full-length (90-120min)
    David has lost his enthusiasm for Christmas after his grown children moved out. However, the magic of the holiday season may have other plans for him. Will he be able to rediscover his love for the holidays, or will he remain lost in memories of Christmases past? You won't want to miss this holiday gift filled with seasonal music and festive twists.
    *This show allows...
    Full-length (90-120min)
    David has lost his enthusiasm for Christmas after his grown children moved out. However, the magic of the holiday season may have other plans for him. Will he be able to rediscover his love for the holidays, or will he remain lost in memories of Christmases past? You won't want to miss this holiday gift filled with seasonal music and festive twists.
    *This show allows for small to medium-size casting.
  • (Un)Drinkable
    10min experimental play
    On April 25, 2014, the City of Flint, Michigan changed its municipal water supply from the Detroit-supplied Lake Huron water to the Flint River. The switch caused water distribution pipes to corrode and leach lead and other contaminants into municipal drinking water. Generations will be impacted by what has happened to the people of Flint Michigan. Clean water should not be a...
    10min experimental play
    On April 25, 2014, the City of Flint, Michigan changed its municipal water supply from the Detroit-supplied Lake Huron water to the Flint River. The switch caused water distribution pipes to corrode and leach lead and other contaminants into municipal drinking water. Generations will be impacted by what has happened to the people of Flint Michigan. Clean water should not be a privilege. This play is meant to illustrate grief and hope for a better future.
  • The Little Christmas Tree
    10min.
    Christmas Time, the 1950s, Chicago. The living room of Mr. & Mrs. Clark.

    Mrs. Clark tends to lose herself in other people's worlds. Mr. Clark fears her antics have gone
    too far and will stop at nothing to get her back to the woman she was before their world changed forever.

    Content Warning
    Topics pertaining to depression, PTSD, and loss of a...
    10min.
    Christmas Time, the 1950s, Chicago. The living room of Mr. & Mrs. Clark.

    Mrs. Clark tends to lose herself in other people's worlds. Mr. Clark fears her antics have gone
    too far and will stop at nothing to get her back to the woman she was before their world changed forever.

    Content Warning
    Topics pertaining to depression, PTSD, and loss of a child are depicted.

    This play was written as a part of Playground Chicago 2022-2023.
  • Hilda's Diner
    (Full Length) Approx. 90min
    Hilda takes over her husband's family business while he's serving in WWII. However, Lyle's health deteriorates not long after returning home from war. Hilda's magnanimous personality makes some of the waitresses at the diner suspicious of her intentions with the men in town. After an attack on Hilda's life, her brother-in-law wonders if Hilda is a victim or a black widow.
  • No More Flowers
    (10Min)
    What if Sigmund Freud visited the studio of Georgia O’Keeffe? In No More Flowers, O'Keeffe is completing her latest work the famed 'Black Iris' which sends Freud into deep analysis. This play is for those that have felt misunderstood, those that have felt the weight of societal judgment, and those of us tired of being told who we are. O'Keeffe's art is on full display...
    (10Min)
    What if Sigmund Freud visited the studio of Georgia O’Keeffe? In No More Flowers, O'Keeffe is completing her latest work the famed 'Black Iris' which sends Freud into deep analysis. This play is for those that have felt misunderstood, those that have felt the weight of societal judgment, and those of us tired of being told who we are. O'Keeffe's art is on full display but yet her personhood is under attack, will she crack under psychoanalysis?
  • Hands Of Fate
    10min drama
    The story revolves around Aaron, our protagonist, who comes back home after spending a summer as the caregiver for his long-estranged father. During his stay, he grapples with understanding his place within the family and contemplates his path forward. It explores themes of grief, love, and the pursuit of finding a sense of belonging and security.



  • Marzipan Memories
    (Monologue) Barbara has prepared Easter supper and has forgotten her daughter made other plans. This is the first holiday without her, and it is especially challenging because she was looking forward to making new traditions with her granddaughter.



  • Itzel & the Ant
    10min Children's Theatre Play
    SYNOPSIS
    Itzel receives a beautiful bracelet. As she admires it the string breaks sending colorful beads
    everywhere. As she looks for the beads she encounters an Ant that reminds her of her place in the
    universe.
  • I Hate My Afterlife
    (about 10min) 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.
  • Lucid
    Shorter One Act
    Lucid explores the power of narratives that bind families in patterns that often cascade through generations. Through movement, soundscape, and dreams we enter this fractured world where each family member struggles with their own disconnectedness. However, there is hope that what ‘runs in the family’ can end here if only someone is able to change the pattern.
  • 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.
  • Snowglobe
    90-second monologue/audition piece
    A mom is visited by a caseworker that wants her to consider residential placement for her son.
    Femuscript Monologue winner 2022
  • Scarecrow
    MONOLOGUE 2min

    This Halloween dad takes trick or treating to a whole new level.
  • Stay Gone
    1minute Monologue
    Lynn’s long-time boyfriend has decided that domestic life is not for him. He’s not only breaking up with her but leaving her son as well.


  • Gone
    A mystery in one act.
  • Knock Over the Milk Bottles - Win A Prize!
    1min Play
    This is a straightforward game, just throw a softball and knock down three milk bottles in a pyramid. Or is it?

  • 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.
  • Chasing Cinderella
    40 Minute Play
    As children, we are captivated by the whimsy of fairy tales. But not all of us see ourselves represented in those stories. 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.
  • 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.
  • Copycat
    10min
    Copycat highlights the complexity of female relationships and challenges the concept of artistic freedom.
  • My Vagina Has A First Name
    When these friends get together for “book club” life gives them a plot twist they won’t soon forget.
  • 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 and boy does she have an interesting reason...
  • 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 meet for a friendly game of tennis. The bonds of friendship, life, and love intersect with what happens on the court and its game, set, match.
  • 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
    One night a year affords the dead a chance to come back to be amongst the living. Recently deceased Carol and Mark decide on their first trip back they want a quiet evening at home. What they get is anything but quiet. 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
  • Unprovoked
    10min Drama
    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...
    10min Drama
    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. Hopefully, this play will spark meaningful discussion on how best to support LGBTQ youth in our school systems.
  • 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
    COMING SOON TO NEXT STAGE PRESS 2023
    Runs about 40 mins.
    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.
  • 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
    Full-length
    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...
    Full-length
    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
    10min Play
    Monica and Kevin are walking to the door after their date. Monica’s Brain joins them, and though they can’t see her, she is the manifestation of Monica's inner world.

    *Semi-Final round for PICK OF THE VINE 2023 at Little Fish Theatre CA.
  • Coal For Christmas
    10 min
    When Santa goes missing, the Reindeer take 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!
  • Switchboard Soldiers (The story of Grace Banker)
    15min Historic Drama

    Before women could even vote, Miss Banker leads the first corps of women that help turn the tide of World War I.

    Synopsis:
    This is an interview with the first woman soldier Chief Grace Banker of the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit. General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI, demanded female “wire experts”...
    15min Historic Drama

    Before women could even vote, Miss Banker leads the first corps of women that help turn the tide of World War I.

    Synopsis:
    This is an interview with the first woman soldier Chief Grace Banker of the Signal Corps Female Telephone Operators Unit. General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI, demanded female “wire experts” when he discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with troops under fire.

    In 1918 the US Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France during WWI. They were bi-lingual and experts in the latest technology the switchboard. They had access to privileged coordinates and military assignments. These brave women chose to serve their country despite the fact that women were not considered full citizens. Back in the states, they could not vote, own property, but a group of six women led by Miss. Banker served alongside Gen Pershing on the front line as they operated the switchboards. They were responsible for over 26 million calls during their service.

  • Gawkers
    2min Monologue
    SYNOPSIS: Joyce has returned home from shopping with her son. She contemplates the need for more than inclusivity so her son can have the life he deserves.
  • Becky With The Short Shorts
    Monologue Under 2 minutes

    SYNOPSIS
    A woman sets out to enjoy a summer's evening when her past comes running by.

    TAGLINE
    Sometimes we need to appreciate where we have been in order to understand where we need to be.
  • Free hug
    3minute play/outdoor venue
    We could all use a hug, right? However, like most things these days, there may be a string or two attached.
  • Served
    5min.
    An unexpected visitor delivers some interesting information.

  • Puck You!
    10min
    Puck orchestrates a mischievous reunion among three unexpecting characters from Shakespearean tales. These three share a common bond- each has undergone a transformative experience. Plucked out of their own worlds they begin to question their true desires.
  • Gilded Obsession
    A 1940s Radio Play (15min)
    Delilah Fairfax, a faded starlet haunted by her lost glory, fixates on the rapid rise of a captivating young actress named Vivienne Sterling. Delilah becomes convinced that the enchanting locket adorning Vivienne's neck is the key to her meteoric ascent to fame. As the glimmering lights of the stage beckon, to what depths will Delilah go to get back in the spotlight?

  • One Night In September
    (Full-length/CW discussion of assault)
    Maya was eager to start her freshman year in college, but one night in September changed the landscape of her life forever. Plunged into an unexpected emotional turmoil, she found herself grappling with feelings she had never foreseen. Despite the presence of her supportive friends, can Maya navigate this darkness? Or will the secrets of that fateful night ultimately consume her?