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WE CAN NEVER LEAVE THE TENT

FALL 2019

After a year hitting the festival submissions, selections, and screenings - we’re excited to share the film!

"Best Director Nomination" Atlanta Comedy Film Festival 
"Official Selection" Atlanta Comedy Film Festival
"Official Selection" Portland Comedy Film Festival
"Special Mention" London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival

We Can Never Leave the Tent : 
a film of film comment

Filmmakers Stacey Hanks and Tanya Pitt have made their first horror feature, WE CAN NEVER LEAVE THE TENT. For them, true horror is a woman's life - "From womb to tomb, she will never escape the cycle; she can never leave the tent, truly." When interviewed about their bold story-telling choices, Stacey and Tanya must now fight to offer their #relevant insight.

created by our all-female cast & crew 

Written & Directed by Hannah Hartmann 
Featuring Mallory Moser & Sarah Sawyer 
DP & Editor - Sarah Newton 
Sound - Erika Grob


Jane’s childhood chapel - East Midlands, Bradford Park

Jane’s childhood chapel - East Midlands, Bradford Park

traveling research // london, east midlands, the cotswolds

SUMMER 2018

SHE GOES BEFORE ME, a new play for 11 women in the round.

Outside chapel view - East Midlands, Bradford Park

Outside chapel view - East Midlands, Bradford Park

This summer I set myself to the task of writing a play for women, many women. A circle of them in a gothic cathedral on a modern Tuesday morning trying to read the Bible - different ages, different races, different account balances, capacities for language. In the center I dreamt of Lady Jane Grey, a sixteen year old who lived under the thumb of man & country, put on the throne of England, and promptly beheaded by Bloody Mary in 1554. Jane Grey is a discounted figure of the Protestant Reformation, rarely included in discussion – as there are far more famous male figures than she. 

To write Lady Jane, I went to England this summer to simply be where she had been. I spent most of the time feeling like I couldn’t breathe. As an actor/playwright, all I could think about was losing a head. Standing at the site of her death on Tower Green, staring at the window of her prison, walking the miles to her judgement, leaving London by train for her birthplace, walking the ruins of her home and sitting in her family chapel – now overgrown by ferns and slept in by deer. There are no confirmed portraits of her. She is spoken of in hushed tones in her own country; she is the overlooked nine- day English queen who was killed for her faith.

Read more on my PLAYWRITING page.


festivals! we can never leave the tent

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atlanta comedy film fest, best director nomination
& official selection

WINTER 2018

Thank you Atlanta Comedy Film Festival for giving me my first “Best Director” Nomination!

portland comedy film fest, official selection

NOVEMBER 2018

Thank you to Portland Comedy Film Festival for making WE CAN NEVER LEAVE THE TENT and official selection for Fall 2018! Excited that folks will get to see our short Saturday night, November 10th!

Thank you to Mikel Fair, the Festival Director, and the team who put together a weekend of hilarious films.

london-worldwide comedy, SPECIAL MENTION

SEPTEMBER 2018

Thank you Rod Fraser, Festival Director, and your judges for awarding us with special mention laurels from across the pond!


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The David Calicchio emerging american playwright prize
marin theatre company, 2017

APRIL 2018

 

Marin Theatre Company named NATIVE a FINALIST for the Calicchio Prize! To be chosen as one of five finalists from over 500 plays nationwide is an accomplishment I will not forget. My sincere thanks to the Literary team and Artistic Staff at Marin for understanding NATIVE's intention. "Quietly honest, with some wonderful unexpected moments that spurred all kinds of reflection on what is real versus what is 'authentic.'"

With the rise of Native American stories and Native representation on the new plays stage, I am hopeful that this play joins in - creating space for the important conversations we blow up in haste, avoid, or altogether overlook.


we can never leave the tent - Short Film

FEBRUARY 2018

Written & Directed by Hannah Hartmann
Featuring - Mallory Moser & Sarah Sawyer
DP/edit - Sarah Newton
Sound - Erika Grob 

Filming wrapped this month on "We Can Never Leave the Tent", a dark comedy short. Loved working with this all female team, making a film about women, and seriously taking ourselves so seriously. 

"Stacey Hanks and Tanya Pitt have made a horror film, WE CAN NEVER LEAVE THE TENT. But this horror film is about a woman's life - from womb to tomb we will never escape the cycle. Because we can never leave the tent, truly. Join Stacey and Tanya as they watch and comment on their film."


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Eugene o'neill theater center / national playwrights conference 2018

JANUARY 2018

Honored that my play NIGHTJAR was chosen as a SEMIFINALIST for this summer's National Playwrights Conference. Looking forward to hearing the final update in April. 


nightjar - a staged reading / ensemble studio theatre

NOVEMBER 2017

Written by Hannah Hartmann
Directed by Julie Lucas
Hosted by Bob Jaffe

Feat: Maggie Bofill, Savannah DesOrmeaux, Delphi Harrington, Jim Murtaugh, Jack Sochet, and George Olesky

It may have been a month ago, but I'm still beamin. I was blown away by this cast, Julie's direction and Bob's hosting of NIGHTJAR October 3rd at EST. A writer could not have asked for a better reading of her work. This play means more to me than anything I've written before - I am quieted by the passion it's been met with in rehearsals, by the intent listening audience, by the seats filled with family, friends and fellow artists, and by all the thoughtful words I'm receiving afterwards. I'm confident there is more for NIGHTJAR yet. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this one. It will be a night I remember! 


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nightjar - a staged reading / ensemble studio theatre

OCTOBER 3RD @ 7PM

Officially announcing a staged reading of NIGHTJAR at Ensemble Studio Theatre in October! Graciously hosted and produced by Bob Jaffe and pointedly directed by Julie Lucas. I cannot wait to meet the cast and get to work.

Eastern Kentucky, coal country. The miner in his coal vein can't stand up straight; a young man in his black vein is dancing in light. In 1950 a mining family is kicking off coal dust; business is good, and Della is the first of her family to leave for college. In 2017 the coal dust's scrubbed clean, but Della's still here, housing a family she didn't expect. NIGHTJAR is a test of grace under pressure, from the interior and the exterior. 

Admission will be free of charge.

Ensemble Studio Theater
545 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor (between 10th & 11th)
New York, NY 10019

 


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nightjar excerpt reading / primary stages

JUNE 2017

After a three month workshop with the unstoppable Crystal Skillman, I was thrilled to have an excerpt of my latest play staged for an invited audience in June. 

Plans for a full staged reading are underway. 

Photos featuring: Jared Canfield, Mallory Moser, and Bob Jaffe

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atlantic alumni showcase / atlantic theater company

JANUARY 2017

Selected to perform for a panel of agents, managers, and casting directors at the old homestead, Atlantic Theater Co.


a taste of honey / pearl theatre company / dir. austin pendleton

SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 30, 2016

Working OFF-BROADWAY this fall understudying the principal role of JO in Shelagh Delaney's A TASTE OF HONEY. The play is set in a dingy flat in Greater Manchester in the 1950s. PEARL THEATRE COMPANY is a family of vibrant artists reintroducing us to classic scripts and reinventing them for modern audiences - I'm relishing being a part of it this year. Thanks Pearl!

"In 1959 at age 18, playwright Shelagh Delaney rocked the theatre world with a play that both defined and defied her generation.  A Taste of Honey is the clever, passionate, and poignant story of a young woman facing an uncertain future in a hostile world—and learning to trust that love, in its every heartbreaking and messy form, will see her through." - Pearl Theatre Company

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Eugene o'neill theater center / national playwrights conference 2016

APRIL 2016

Absolutely ecstatic my play NATIVE was chosen as a SEMIFINALIST for this summer's National Playwrights Conference. An honor to be considered so among thousands of applicants. Thank you O'Neill!

Check out the conference and this year's lineup :

Learn about the conference

The 2016 lineup


Ensemble studio theater / last call

FEB 20

I was asked to play a short set of my original songs with the wonderful people at EST Last Call. Check it out - they do it the third Saturday of every month at 10pm!

 

Ensemble Studio Theater LAST CALL
545 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor (between 10th & 11th)
New York, NY 10019

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fresh ground pepper / the gulls

DEC 17

Delighted to read for Sasha (Chekov's Masha) in this modern adaptation of "The Seagull" by Jamie Effros.

"A modern adaptation of Chekov’s “the Seagull” spun around the family of Archie Nichols an aging rock start turned reality tv diva on the set of her show – her brother's long beach island ocean front estate."

FGP 7th Annual Playground Festival
The Gulls by Jamie Effros
Directed by Teddy Bergman

Cloud City
Brooklyn, NY

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hook & eye theater / god is a verb

REVIEWS ARE IN!


hook & eye theater / god is a verb

NOV 04 - NOV 21, 2015

I get to play a Minnesotan with a degree in marine biology in the 1960s. How cool and weird is that?

"An engaging and urgent portrait of a world – and a man – on the brink. In 1969, an eccentric professor gathers a team of offbeat academics to play a game with one goal: make the world work for all humanity. What unfolds tears space-time as we are whisked from a beatnik cafe to a treetop congressional hearing and back by way of a university telephone. As the clock ticks, the lines blur between the game and the real world and we wonder if we’ve detached from reality altogether."

Devised and Produced by Hook & Eye Theater
Written by Gavin Broady
Directed by Chad Lindsey

The Actors Fund Art Center
160 Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn NY 11201
Tickets: 25$

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boomerang theater company / cymbeline

SUMMER '15

Playing with the folks at Boomerang Theater Company in the Park this summer in their production of Cymbeline. A little Lancashire accent, a little fiddle, a little mandolin, and a lot of sun!

Directed by Cailin Heffernan
Music by Henry Aronson

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new light theater project / rex - a new musical

MARCH 19 - MARCH 28 ACCESS THEATER

Excited to play fiddle and mandolin and Antigone's daughter in this new adaptation of the Oedipus story.

"Set in a brutal land now in ruins, ghosts of the dead walk among the living, reflecting and regretting the endless cycle of destruction they have witnessed. With little hope and no time left, a young woman attempts to confront her past in order to salvage what life is left. REX weaves new music and ancient storytelling into a tale about regret and change. REX is a continuation of NLTP’s adaptation of The Oedipus Project, our inaugural production in the summer of 2013. A condensed version of Antigone won the 2013 Theatre Now Soundbites Festival for Best Original Music."

Written by Mike Aguirre
Directed by Sarah Norris
Original music by Kyle C. Norris

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SEVEN ANGELS THEATRE / BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 19

A Regional show! Come see me (with long hair playing a 13 year old Laurie) in Seven Angels' production of BRIGHTON BEACH. I may look like the Bad Seed child, but I swear I didn't put anything in the liver dinner...

"Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up..."

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hook & Eye Theater / silo farm residency

SUMMER '14

Working with the fine people of H&E this summer out on the beautiful SILO Farm in PA; developing a new piece of brainy but felt theater. 

"WANDER/LUST: IMPULSE IN THE AGE OF RLS - Devised by Hook & Eye with source material from 9 playwrights Wander/Lust celebrates the spirit of exploration from it’s genesis deep within the brain’s electrical “net”, to it’s full realization at life’s many crossroads. It strives to tell the stories that move us… literally, and illuminate the moments that create and shape our restless lives."

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