Resident Playwright2011 -- 2018
Hammond is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre. On a recent trip to Essex a boatman took her on a journey seven miles offshore to the world's smallest country, the Principality of Sealand, for research for her latest play, TERRA FIRMA.
Her play WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R. was originally a commission for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and in February 2016 had a residency at Duke University followed by a workshop production at Emerson College. Her research took her to the world's biggest country, and its courts, cathedrals and counter-culture. She witnessed the last opposition protest rally in the centre of Moscow at Pushkinskaya Square in September 2014.
She and her plays have won recognition, awards and funding from many national and international sources, including New Dramatists (’18), the National Endowment of the Arts, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, The Venturous Theater Fund, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as Emerson College, Duke University, Yale University, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The Helen Merrill Foundation, Seven Devils Theatre Conference, the First Irish Theatre Festival, the Edward Albee Foundation, the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival and the Kerouac Project. She was named one of the Influential Women of 2011 by the Irish Voice.
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.
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