Resident Playwright2011 -- 2018
Barbara Hammond (New Dramatists' Class of 2018) received a 2012 Helen Merrill Playwright Award, is a 2010 Edward Albee Foundation Fellow, a Yale Playwrights Festival mentor playwright, a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and was named one of the Influential Women of 2011 by the Irish Voice. Her plays and film have been seen in and won awards from the far-flung - Berlin, Dublin, London, Paris, Big Sur and Queensland, Australia - to New York City, where she is a long-time resident of the Lower East Side. Her controversial essay "How to Stay a New York Playwright" is available at HotReview.org. She received the Special Jury Award at the First Irish 2009 Theatre Festival, the Directors’ Special Recognition Award at the 2007 San Francisco International Short Film Festival, and was a finalist at the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival and the Kerouac Project. For full bio as well as clips and photos from previous work and tours visit 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.