Resident Playwright2011 -- 2018
Hammond is a New Dramatists resident playwright (Class of 2018) and is currently under commission from both the Royal Court Theatre and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival.
Awards and recognitions: 2014 Seven Devils Theatre Conference; the 2012 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award; 2010-2014 Yale Playwrights Festival mentor; a 2011 Edward Albee Foundation Fellow; Tyrone Guthrie Centre repeat resident in Annaghmakerrig; finalist at the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival and the Kerouac Project; Special Jury Award, First Irish 2009 Theatre Festival. She is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and was named one of the Influential Women of 2011 by the Irish Voice.
Playlist: Visible from Four States; The Eva Trilogy: Eva the Chaste, Enter the Roar and No Coast Road; Beyond the Pale; Summerland; Norman and Beatrice; Paper Tigers and a collection of three one-acts entitled New York in June.
Clips, photos and reviews at www.barbarahammond.com.
an excerpt from Eva the Chaste
-- laid on the floor beside her bed I was staring up at her belly or what’s left of it -- and, imprinted in my DNA –. That’s where I’m from. She could have gone to outer space and I’d a gone with her -- that belly there is where I grew lungs and heart and liver, where I formed my form, where she fed me through and through I shat inside her and breath like gills and lived pre-thought pre-belief pre-fear. Quiet and protected never hungry no trouble there. Til I came out. I lay my head on that shrunken belly and kissed it and whispered thank you thank you for the use of you, thank you for your body’s time. I’m glad to be alive. I am glad for every minute.