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Andrea L. Hart studied theater and writing at William Smith College in New York before moving to the Bay Area. Hart wrote and directed Splinters...and Other F-Words (2006), which helped garner a “Best New Theater Company” award for Ragged Wing Ensemble. In 2006 Hart was awarded a MacDowell Colony residency for her play To the Birds and was a finalist for the Teaching Artist Fellowship at the Montalvo Arts Center. Hart is now working on a series of plays written with and about Bay Area teenagers called the BayTeen Theater Project. The first play in the series, debuted in 2008 and was listed as one of the “Most Memorable Moments in Art and Entertainment for 2008” by the Marin Independent Journal. Hart has received the Theater Bay Area CA$H Grant and a second MacDowell residency in support of the second play in the series, Chain Reactions, set in Albany.


Highway murders in Richmond. Gang violence in Oakland. Drive-by shootings in Berkeley. In the midst of this violence lies Albany, a tiny, upper-class haven of “safe ground” where parents from all over the Bay Area lie, cheat and scrape by to send their kids to school. As the teenagers in Albany struggle to define themselves against the pressures of the adult world’s expectations, Officer E, a young police officer, arrives in town ready for a fresh start. But as he struggles to connect with the local community, he unknowingly triggers a chain of events that neither his own desire to flee his past, nor the local teens’ desire to race into the future can keep from hurtling toward its disastrous conclusion. Based on interviews with teenagers, teachers and local officials in Albany, CA, “ricochet” examines the seemingly mundane moments of collision in our lives, and the unimaginable consequences that result.