MainStage Series

GPTC banner

Reina Hardy


Reina Hardy is a Chicago-based based playwright.  Her latest play, "Glassheart," was recently featured as the workshop at the Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival. Her first play, "Erratica" made its professional world premiere in July 2009 with Sacramento's Capital Stage, and is now out from Original Works Publishing. The Chicago premiere of "Erratica" finished its run in May of this year. Reina, a finalist for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, and the Interact 20/20 Commission, has also had readings and productions with the House Theatre, Echo Theatre, and many others. Look for excerpts from her plays in "Audition Arsenal," "The Ultimate Audition Book" and "Best Scenes for Two Actors." Reina is a 2003 graduate of Columbia University, where she won the Brick Memorial Prize for playwriting. She is also founder and artistic director of the Viola Project, Chicago's best Shakespeare performance workshop for girls.


Beauty never showed up. After centuries under the curse, the Beast and his one remaining magical servant have moved into a shabby apartment near a 7-11, hoping for a lower cost of living and better luck with girls. In the threatening, impossible, completely ordinary world of paying rent and taking public transportation, is a happy ending even possible?