Trish Harnetiaux is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose work has been performed and developed at Ars Nova, Soho Rep, The Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, The 13th Street Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Ohio Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, and The New Jersey Rep. Her latest full-length play, Weren’t You In My Science Class? was partially shown during the 2014 Prelude Festival. In December 2015, New Georges will produce the world premiere of How To Get Into Buildings, which originated in the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, at The Brick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Additional plays include a Shirley Jackson adaptation of The Bird’s Nest, titledYour Pretty Little World, Welcome to the White Room (Glass Mind Theatre/Baltimore), If You Can Get To Buffalo (Incubator Arts Project/NYC, Acme Corporation/Baltimore, Son of Semele/LA),The Significance of Louden Taser, A Gopher In The Ninth Ward, and Straight On Til Morning (Broadway Play Publishing). Short plays have been published in Post Road Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, and Smith & Kraus.
Harnetiaux received her MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. She has been awarded multiply residencies at the MacDowell Colony and The Corporation of Yaddo, has been a recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award and a finalist for the Kesselring Prize, the Heideman Award and the 2011 SLS Fiction Fellowship. In 2011, she co-created the production company Steel Drum in Space and co-wrote/co-directed the short film You Should Be A Better Friend. Steel Drum in Space continues to make tiny movies about things like unemployed astronauts, space cars and robot cats. Their work can be found on the world wide web. More information can be found at trishharnetiaux.com
Her tiny movies can be found at steeldruminspace.com
WEREN’T YOU IN MY SCIENCE CLASS?
Remember when you ran into Irene Cunningham? Yeah, from High School. So funny seeing her at the bank all these later, and under a desk during a robbery of all things. Ugh, and years before, when Lana Montgomery hit that deer? What a string of luck. Friendship is totally awful when you forget to be friends and, let’s face it, the past isn’t always pretty.
Developed with Ars Nova’s Play Group & at Prelude 2014.
IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO
Few know that way back in the day, 1993 to be exact, a text-based social network “mansion” called LambdaMOO was hijacked by a “Mr. Bungle,” who singlehandedly detonated the new world utopia by misbehaving most grievously at a virtual party. Somewhat based on a real story, IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO explores our fascination with hiding behind a keyboard, the impulse to be bad, and the anonymity that made it all possible.
Developed at The MacDowell Colony in association with Dixon Place and The Barefoot Theatre Company.
Premiered at The Acme Corporation, Baltimore (2013) and Incubator Arts Project, NYC (2014). West Coast premiere at Son of Semele, Los Angeles (2015).
“a fine morsel of eclectic humor. Fast moving and funny, witty and thought provoking, BUFFALO takes us back to the beginnings of the internet…Don't miss this one.” - Discover Hollywood
“[a] subtle satire…BUFFALO finally deflates the utopian pretenses of cyberspace by reminding us that any human technology also carries in it its makers’ most craven impulses.” - Stage Raw
“It is strange to think back on the internet as a text-based phenomenon, and Harnetiaux brilliantly captures the ambivalence of that moment right between the pre-internet world and our world, where we are inundated with it, drowning in it, allowing this now-ancient-seeming past to articulate the questions that are even more pressing today…20 years later, there is something extremely powerful in having actual people with actual bodies perform actual actions in front of you on a stage.” – City Paper
HOW TO GET INTO BUILDINGS
Roger and Lucy meet at a Convention. Daphne and Nick break down at a Diner. Ethan’s new book, The Car Accident, ends in a shootout. What does everyone have in common? True Love.
Developed with Soho Rep’s 2011/2012 Writer/Director Lab. World premiere at the Brick Theater, Brooklyn (2015)
"(4 stars) A treat for fans of the avant-garde version of boulevard entertainment." - Time Out
"Playwright Trish Harnetiaux has crafted a piece that is laugh out loud funny and at the same time a reminder to embrace every seemingly insignificant moment of your life. Her language is modern, weird, but just right for the world she has created with director Katherine Brook and the cast." - New York Theatre Review
"Put a Walter Mitty-esque imagination through an experimental theatre blender, and you may come close to the spirit and tone of Trish Harnetiaux’s new play How to Get into Buildings." - Exeunt Magazine
WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROOM
We discover Ms. White, Jennings, and Mr. Paine shortly after they have arrived. We follow their journey as they attempt to figure out exactly what they are meant to be doing. There are letters that only Ms. White can read. There is the arrival of The Last Deck of Cards in the World – and with, at all times, one-thing-leading-to-another – somewhere between throwing a party, suppressing sexual tensions, and dancing a tango – this senseless world summons it’s puppeteer, who’s in for a big surprise.
Produced by Glass Minds Theater in Baltimore.
“…Trish Harnetiaux’s brave and clever script… Fans of the surreal, do please make an evening or afternoon of it and treat yourself to WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROOM." – Broadway World
“…playwright Trish Harnetiaux and director Chris Cotterman keep things moving at such a steady pace, with a stream of clever lines and physical comedy, that the audience never really feels lost. We’re in this together, it seems, and there’s more than enough to chew on before some secrets are revealed in the final moments." – City Paper
“At times the show almost feels like a send up of some of the most pretentious, self-important theater of this type I’ve ever seen. And I loved it. The sense of humor that infuses the whole proceeding makes it buoyant, not draggy, effervescent, not ponderous — like it took a shot of Fizzy Lifting Drink.” – The Bad Oracle
STRAIGHT ON TIL MORNING
Straight On Til Morning captures the recklessness of youth, unrequited love, best friends, fierce enemies, loyalty, and commitment as it provocatively deconstructs one young man’s zest for life while battling his past, his present, and – god forbid – his future. The play draws inspiration from the life of J. M. Barrie and his fictitious Peter Pan with the life of a troubled, modern-day Brooklynite and the youth culture that surrounds him.
Premiered at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in NYC.
“Harnetiaux has sublimely straddled the magic and lure of a community like Williamsburg and the frustrations caused by a transient group within an ever-changing neighborhood. – offoffonline.com
YOUR PRETTY LITTLE WORLD
Adapted from Shirley Jackson’s THE BIRD’S NEST
A masterful portrayal of a young woman who is led, after a series of disquieting events, to a psychiatrist who discovers that her mind is divided among, and tortured by, four separate and strong-willed personalities. The world of Elizabeth Richmond is anything but normal. Hers is a story of survival, a young woman’s journey into the different parts of her true self – the innocent, the provocateur, the injured, the playful. It’s a story of questions – How did her mother die? What is it that Aunt Morgen wants? In whose interest is Dr. Wright’s treatment? Can Elizabeth control her personality shifts? What really happened in New York and who in the hell was Robin? This world is suspenseful and unnerving – a slanted, shifting reality, that places the audience in the center of the kaleidoscope and lets the drama swirl around them.