Portland Stage Company, Portland, Maine, Anita Stewart, Artistic Director, 2002
Wellesley Summer Theatre, Nora Hussey Artistic Director, 2000
Tulane University, 2004
University of Alabama, 2001
Portland Stage Company's Little Festival of the Unexpected
University of Alabama Janus Festival
Boston "IRNE" Award for Best New Play
Clauder Playwriting Competition
New Orleans "Big Easy" Award
Winner University of Alabama National Playwriting Contest
Portland Stage Company, Anita Stewart, artistic director
Director: Martha Banta
Set Design: Anita Stewart
Costume Design: Jaqueline Firkins
Lighting Design: Bryon Winn
Sound Design: Jill B.C. DuBoff
Stage Manager: Myles C. Hatch
"Harrington's characters come together at play's end, pulling the individual stories together so seamlessly for a touching and remarkably
redemptive conclusion you don't see it coming, though in hindsight it is inevitable. Harrington and company have composed an evocative tone poem about life and death."
"Hallowed Ground earns its stripes ... a cleanly written drama that deals with universal emotions.
"Hallowed Ground is a simple but elegant work ... effectively directed by Nora Hussey. The set is minimal and ... gives the play a post-apocalyptic feel that transcends its Civil War setting.
"Hallowed Ground isn't a play of showy importance, and though it has something to say about racial and gender roles, its subtlety and concern with universal themes - the futility of war,
the power of hope - push it beyond "identity" theatre. I hate to categorize the play at all, especially after recalling another fine moment in this production. The Confederate soldier plays
a tune on his cornet and Lizzie is about to identify it when he puts up his hand and says, "Don't name it, girl. Let it live a bit before you tie it down."
"Hallowed Ground deftly portrays war's horror, poetry.
Laura Harrington makes these characters real. As these enemies try to forge a peace over ravaged bodies, so shall the entire nation after the war ends. Jubal and Lizzie and Micah and Jack
feel like flesh and blood, not walking symbols.
Harrington also forges a fine language, capable of sounding like real speech while packing a poetic punch. Witness Jubal when he dreams of playing his cornet beautifully enough "to drown out
the sound of this war."
—Maine Sunday Telegram
"Higher Ground" "The text of the play is mesmerizing ... the language poetic.
"The play is a story of friendship and growth, of grief and loss, and of the tenuous moments between life and death, between peace and war.
"Hartman's performance is outstanding."
—The Portland Phoenix