Dana Hall

Dana Hall

Dana Hall loves telling stories. She is a Chicago-based playwright and actor.
The last year brought some fun notable accomplishments, she was a Finalist Winner in the 2021 Hear Me Out Monologue Competition & Labor Day Festival and her play Stay Awhile took first place in the Two-Hander Slam competition in October 2021.
Her plays have been featured in dozens of theatres and highlights...
Dana Hall loves telling stories. She is a Chicago-based playwright and actor.
The last year brought some fun notable accomplishments, she was a Finalist Winner in the 2021 Hear Me Out Monologue Competition & Labor Day Festival and her play Stay Awhile took first 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. 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. She has been published with Smith Scripts UK, Stage Plays, Fleas on the Dog, and several other publications houses this year.
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! DanaHallCreates.com Instagram@DanaHallCreates

Plays

  • 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.


  • The Origin Of Zeke Wolf
    The parents of Zeke Wolf are called in for a parent-teacher conference at their son's elementary school.
    This is the origin story of The Big Bad Wolf, from the beloved children's classic - The Three Little Pigs.
  • 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. Updated version 3/26/22
  • 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 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
    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
    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
    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.
  • The 7th Circle
    A mother’s love transcends time but can it restore justice in the afterlife?
    The 7th Circle navigates in the constructs set forth by Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, the first part of his epic poem Divine Comedy. We meet Ania, a mother compelled to find her son, Rowan, in the recesses of the dark forest of hell. She seeks to have his sentence overturned due to the extenuating circumstances he suffered in life...
    A mother’s love transcends time but can it restore justice in the afterlife?
    The 7th Circle navigates in the constructs set forth by Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, the first part of his epic poem Divine Comedy. We meet Ania, a mother compelled to find her son, Rowan, in the recesses of the dark forest of hell. She seeks to have his sentence overturned due to the extenuating circumstances he suffered in life. Can she make it through hell and back in time?
  • 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.