ALICE BLISS wins 2019 Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award
Karen (book), Jenny Giering (music), and Adam Gwon (lyrics) won the 13th Annual Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award for ALICE BLISS, commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, based on Laura Harrington's acclaimed novel. Set in upstate New York during the Iraq War, Alice Bliss is an intimate mother daughter story about women trying to hold onto normal, when life is anything but. "Not only is ALICE BLISS a stunning and heart wrenching new musical, it is also a detailed and compassionate exploration of an oft overlooked story of contemporary life" - Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert
Rattlesnake Kate at Hedgebrook
Music and Lyrics by Neyla Pekarek | Book by Karen Hartman
based on Neyla Pekarek's concept album Rattlesnake
Karen joins forces with singer-songwriter Neyla Pekarek (formerly of the Lumineers) to unearth the legend of Kate Slaughterback, Colorado native, rattlesnake slayer, and fast fashion queen of 1927. Western lore meets a modern eye, as Karen and Neyla raise the spirit of a woman who played by no one's rules. Commissioned by the Denver Center, featured at the Denver Center's New Play Summit and the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival.