Visible from Four states
by Barbara Hammond
Ike—sharp-witted as he is iconoclastic—owns the highest hilltop in Mason County. The phone company wants it for a cell tower. The local pastor envisions a landmark cross. In the meantime, Ike's buddy Daniel, state prison warden, wrestles with his own moral dilemma as an execution date approaches. Playwright Barbara Hammond deftly weaves the familiar into the profoundly new in this brilliant and compelling script.
Barbara 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.