ONSTAGE Playwrights 2016: Meet Reina Hardy

I have a confession – I love a good monologue.  Much like my affinity for scenelet-driven pieces, monologues can fit nicely between pieces and move us to laughter or tears with a single voice.  Plus, I have an actor’s pedigree, so there’s a little extra love in my performance-starved soul for stellar singular stories.  We always have at least one monologue in the line-up, and this year it’s a piece titled Time Loop by Reina Hardy.

Reina’s 87-second monologue is fun, frenzied, and the only “sci-fi” play in the bunch.  I can’t wait to see it play on our stages, and I’m super excited to get such a fun taste of this playwright’s work!

Photo on 1-20-14 at 4.02 PM #3Title of Play: 
Time Loop

Why did you decide to submit your work to the ONSTAGE Project? 
I thought the peer review method sounded really interesting- plus I’m a compulsive submitter.

Describe your writing space:
Oh god, I wish I had one!

If you could have lunch with any playwright alive or dead, who would it be and what would you have for lunch?
I’m sure everyone is going to say this, but I’m going to have pizza with William Shakespeare, and I’m going to get him to tell me where he might have left any spare signed pieces of paper that I could sell for one million dollars. More plausibly, I’d like to have big salads and white wine with Theresa Rebeck, because she seems like she’d be willing to talk a lot of smack.

Why do you write for theatre?
First love. Also, I know that, no matter what, I can make theater happen if I need to. I can always put it together myself.

Who is your favorite fictional character of all time and why?
I don’t do “of all time,” but right now I’m still mourning Margaery Tyrell, my sex positive, smirking angel. Right now, I’m very into the idea of femme valor, deviousness in the service of righteousness, and just in general the mean girl with a heart of gold, and she really brought all of that.

Do you have any upcoming productions elsewhere that our readers should know about?
Right now, I have two pieces in Monologues for Nobody at the Toronto Fringe
(ends on the 10th)

On 7/24, I have a reading of The Puppet Show with Pipeline Theater’s Bonfire Series 2016

And my next full production, this September in Austin TX, is an aerials space opera/ sex comedy with the circus company Sky Candy: Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade

More about Reina:

Reina Hardy is a playwright from Chicago. Her plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been seen across the country, including at Rorschach Theatre in DC, the Vortex in Austin, and the 2013 NNPN National New Play Showcase. She’s a Michener Fellow, winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA Prize, finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize and the recipient of an Interact 20/20 Commission. Up next: Fanatical the Musical in England with the Stable, and Agent Andromeda and the Orion Crusade with Sky Candy in Austin, TX.  You can read more about Reina at reinahardy.com  You can also follow here on Twitter @reinahardy

Don’t miss Sharon’s play, July 14-16, at Acadiana Repertory Theatre’s production of this year’s ONSTAGE Festival: Curves Ahead.

Curves Ahead -ART

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