Get To Know Katori Hall, Award-Winning Playwright Of "The Mountaintop" & Now Screenwriter

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 6, 2011 7:26 AM
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We had the pleasure of attending a reading of her latest work-in-progress play last night, here in NYC, but, unfortunately, aren't allowed to say anything about it. For those just joining us, you should get acquainted with 29-year-old Katori Hall, who seems to be on the verge on an explosive career spurt, with her award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which we've written about a lot on this site, making its Broadway debut this fall, with Samuel L. Jackson starring.

Also, as I recently announced, Ms Hall has been accepted into the 2011 Sundance Screenwriters Labs, taking place this summer. So, not only is she winning acclaim for her plays, she's also starting to get attention for her screenwriting efforts. Her Sundance Labs entry, by the way, is based on one of her plays. So, expect a filmed version of it in the future.

She's incredibly busy at the moment, but we should be getting an interview with her eventually, which will be posted here.

In the meantime, watch the below video, which is the most recent I could find - uploaded in March of this year. I think we're going to be talking about her a lot more in coming years, so allow her to introduce herself :)

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  • Ashley | May 15, 2011 5:41 AMReply

    She is absolutely wonderful! I met her a few months ago at Arena Stage in DC and she was such a refreshing burst of energy. She wore this long, billowy skirt with red cowboy boots! I LOVED it!

  • Alison | May 6, 2011 8:07 AMReply

    and check out this feature on NPR's All Things Considered from April:

  • Celitheactress | May 6, 2011 7:54 AMReply

    Katori Hall is awesome! She came by the Allstars Project, Inc. ( and did a workshop with the young people in our youth theatre program, Youth Onstage! Her writing is great and I hope to see her continue to soar!

    Thanks so much Katori! :)

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