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Sitting Down with Katori Hall

Katori Hall is a playwright/performer from Memphis, TN. Her play The Mountaintop received its world premiere in London at Theatre 503 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in the West End (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play). Other plays include Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; Signature Theatre, NYC), Children of Killers (National Theatre, London) Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, The Hope Well, Our Lady of Kibeho and Pussy Valley. Hall is currently adapting Hurt Village for the screen with Jean Doumanian Productions. The script was developed at the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Her numerous awards and fellowships include the 2009-10 Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, the ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award (William Inge Theatre Festival). The Mountain Top, staring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Basset is currently playing in the United States and has garnered great reviews. Our friends at The Root published a great interview with her here