Olivia Haller

Olivia Haller

Olivia Haller is a writer and dramaturg currently based in the DC Metro area. Her stage plays have been presented at or developed with Convergence Theatre (2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival), 2cents Theatre Group (2020 INK Fest), NextStop Theatre Company, Spooky Action Theatre, Theater Alliance, Keegan Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Nu Sass Productions, and the Inkubator New Works Development Laboratory....
Olivia Haller is a writer and dramaturg currently based in the DC Metro area. Her stage plays have been presented at or developed with Convergence Theatre (2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival), 2cents Theatre Group (2020 INK Fest), NextStop Theatre Company, Spooky Action Theatre, Theater Alliance, Keegan Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Nu Sass Productions, and the Inkubator New Works Development Laboratory. Olivia was a finalist in the 19-20 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival One-Act Play Contest. She has completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and attended the Midwest Dramatists Conference and the Kenyon Playwrights' Conference. She is currently a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights' Center. Olivia holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and is a candidate for UCLA's Professional Program in Writing for Television (drama).

Plays

  • Loneliness Was A Pandemic
    Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so,...
    Robots have finally advanced enough to realize they can do everything better than humans - except make art. The robots have done away with all humans except for a select few artists. When one human is tasked with teaching a robot how to paint, they grapple with the question of whether such a thing is possible, and whether they would want to do it at all. Could robots ever be capable of creating art, and if so, could they also be capable of compassion? Or is the human's need for companionship more important than their handle on reality?
  • This Is All Just Temporary
    Lauren, a recent college grad, moves back in with her parents while she looks for a job. However, the behavioral aggression of Noah, Lauren’s adult brother with autism, is severely increasing. Lauren struggles between her desire to move away to build her own life and the urgent need to help her family in a time of crisis.

    This play received its world premiere as a part of the 2018 Women's...
    Lauren, a recent college grad, moves back in with her parents while she looks for a job. However, the behavioral aggression of Noah, Lauren’s adult brother with autism, is severely increasing. Lauren struggles between her desire to move away to build her own life and the urgent need to help her family in a time of crisis.

    This play received its world premiere as a part of the 2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival in Washington, DC.
  • Whisper into the Ground
    In the aftermath of a tragic car accident, rumors about who was responsible circulate on social media. However, both the living and the dead have things they want to say about what really happened.
  • I Don't Know What's Weird
    Two women meet in the waiting room of a fancy hotel spa. One is naked, one is not.
    One woman has a problem with the fact that the other is naked, and the other woman has a
    problem with that. One woman is set on fire. In the end, there is understanding.
  • Be A-Freyad...Be Very A-Freyad
    Dani is having trouble with a coworker and vents to her trendy best friend Karl. When Karl accidentally invokes the powerful Norse goddess Freya, she teaches Dani a valuable lesson in self-worth.
  • #TEAMPUSSY
    Three friends on a Skype date are able to talk about sex without judgment. They uncover truths about themselves, their anatomy, and their relationships that they wouldn’t have realized without the support of genuine friends.
  • SUBMARINE
    Two marine biologists bolster each other through life's challenges, namely IBS, relationship drama, and shark attacks.
  • PYGMALIA
    PYGMALIA is an adaptation of the Pygmalion myth and features a young woman as both the sculptor figure and the thing being sculpted. The protagonist Cassandra is a freshman at a visual arts college and is attempting to craft her own identity both in response to her own impulses and in response to her environment - often opposing forces. Throughout the play, she converses with an imaginary entity called Pat, who...
    PYGMALIA is an adaptation of the Pygmalion myth and features a young woman as both the sculptor figure and the thing being sculpted. The protagonist Cassandra is a freshman at a visual arts college and is attempting to craft her own identity both in response to her own impulses and in response to her environment - often opposing forces. Throughout the play, she converses with an imaginary entity called Pat, who is both a physical manifestation of her anxiety and a representation of the patriarchy. Pat forces her to confront her past memories in an effort to influence how she behaves in the present. The play ends with a message that affirms female friendship and being true to the discovery of your genuine self - seeking acceptance but not approval.
    Production photos from the BU CFA student production: http://www.hpburke.com/pygmalia.html