An unprecedented Festival of three NYC premieres authored by one writer, presented in all three spaces, simultaneously. Formerly known as VOLT.
Karen Hartman (Playwright) is a recent Guggenheim Fellow whose plays have been celebrated as passionate, relevant storytelling that “resonate in the current moment with overpowering force” (Variety). She wrote the book for a new musical Rattlesnake Kate, score by Neyla Pekarek, premiering February 2022 at the Denver Center. Three critically acclaimed recent works—Roz and Ray (Edgerton New Play Prize), The Lucky Star (under the title The Book of Joseph), and Project Dawn (NEA Art Works Grant, NNPN Rolling World Premiere)—had ten productions around the country and are published by Samuel French/Concord. She is developing Project Dawn for Population Media Center as a television series, and has another project in the works with 20th Television. Hartman’s Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department premiered at Yale Repertory Theater in 2019. Her prose has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post. A New Dramatists alumna and former Playwrights Center McKnight Fellow, Princeton Hodder Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar, Hartman served as Senior Artist-in-Residence at University of Washington School of Drama for five years and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Pictured: Lauren Molina and Shayna Small in GOLDIE, MAX AND MILK (2022) by Karen Hartman and directed by Jackson Gay. Presented by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions. Photo by Carol Rosegg.