"You might lose count of how many times a chill runs down your spine."
-Time Out Chicago
Like so many great mysteries, it all began in an attic with a dusty old suitcase... The discovery of a stash of over two hundred letters in three languages opens clues to an untold history in THE LUCKY STAR – a gripping true story of resilience and determination to restore a family's legacy.
(Four out of four stars)
"... it is so clearly concerned with what we do about all of this now."
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
In an era just beyond our own, two sisters fight for human connection as they face down a big tech dystopia. A folk-hero professor defends our most intimate relationships, while her sister attempts a perilous inside maneuver within the corporation that owns and sees all.
A thrilling revolutionary tale for today that reclaims a bond beyond data.
"Hartman does one better than Orwell."
Supported by a 2019-20 Guggenheim Fellowship.
"Hartman's smart-crazy dialogue elicits a constant low roar of happy laughter from the audience....The point of Goldie, Max, & Milk isn't that the liberal atheists or the tradition cleaving conservatives have all the answers. It's that the answers won't mean anything if we can't talk to each other."
- Broward Palm Beach New Times
Max, a single lesbian, just gave birth. She’s unemployed, with a house that’s falling apart, an ex on the loose, and no clue how to nurse her newborn. Can Goldie, an Orthodox Jewish lactation consultant, guide Max into motherhood? Or will conflicting family values get the
better of them both?
A surprising and deeply human comedy about motherhood, family, and doing what comes naturally.
"Hartman skillfully creates a sturdy architecture for the evening and peoples it with delightfully quirky complex characters. But it’s her language and the ideas she investigates that elevate the work to the level of something well worth seeing..."
-Florida Theatre On Stage
Music and Lyrics by Neyla Pekarek
Book by Karen Hartman
World Premiere Feb 4 - March 13, 2022
Hartman 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, raising the spirit of a woman who played by no one's rules. Larger than life and stranger than fiction, Kate appears as three women of different ages and races, anchored by Pekarek as her trusty steed Brownie. Heart-stopping folk harmonies sing forgotten history into a Colorado tale for today. Commissioned by the Denver Center, supported by the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival.
How do you hold onto normal when life is anything but? Set in upstate New York during the Iraq War, this intimate, stunning, and heart-wrenching new musical tells the story of losing everything and living anyway; of a girl who hits rock bottom, finds her mom there, and begins to grow up. Full of humor, hope, grief, and sheer teenage joy, Alice Bliss presents a warm and compassionate exploration of an often-overlooked part of contemporary life through beautiful music and bold new storytelling.
Based on Laura Harrington's acclaimed novel, Alice Bliss won the 13th Annual Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award.
Alice Bliss was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons.
"Over four years of research, Ms. Hartman — who lived in New Haven while a graduate playwriting student at Yale School of Drama — sat in on training sessions at the fire academy, rode in fire trucks and hung out among first responders."