Reina Hardy on Glassheart / by Declan Maloney Drummond

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What is Glassheart about?

It's "Beauty and the Beast" but it's set in a crappy Chicago apartment instead of a fabulous castle.  And the protagonist is a magical talking lamp.  I know this sounds very cute, but it's actually about depression. 

How did Everyday Inferno end up producing the play and how involved have you been in casting and rehearsals?

A few years ago I sent them a short called "Dark King Kills Unicorn."   It turned out that our aesthetics really lined up, and they did another one of my full lengths "A Map to Somewhere Else."  We had to wait a little bit to do "Glassheart" together because of some rights situations, but I love them forever and we're best theater friends. 

How did you get your start in theatre?

I've been writing plays since college, and I recently graduated with an MFA as a Michener Fellow from UT Austin.  But really, I think I learned most of what I know about theater from a project I took on a long time ago- seeing a play in every Chicago theater venue in the course of one year.  

What's next for you?

On October 5th, I have a podcast recording with the Parsnip Ship of my play "Annie Jump."  Then, in February, my devised circus sci-fi spectacular "Agent Andromeda: The Orion Crusade" is being remounted in Austin.  I have the world premiere of my play "The Afterparty" also in Austin, in June.  And there's something happening in October of next year that I can't really talk about yet, but I'm super excited!

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