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Join us at the Drama Book Shop for an in-person reading and signing with the authors of The Sledgehammer Series, on Sunday September 25th at 2:00pm.

The Sledgehammer Series, a book project hosted by Sheila Callaghan’s Tripwire Harlot Press , and co-created with Sarah Ruhl and Jacqueline Goldfinger, launches its first four Sledgehammer Series titles, Rarities & Wonders: Plays by Phillip HowzeDoodles from the Margins: Three Plays by Hansol JungRecent Alien Abductions by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas and Three Plays by Christina Anderson.

“Due to the limitations of our current producing and publishing models, much of this material has not been given the recognition it fully deserves,” says Sheila Callaghan. “How are we as a field meant to engage in a meaningful dialogue about important contemporary artists if only a tiny percentage of people have access to their work? And in what ways can we serve the field by breaking down the barriers to entry? These are the questions that the Sledgehammer Series seeks to address.”

The four Sledgehammer Series books being released this year are:

Rarities & Wonders: Plays by Phillip Howze. “Rarities & Wonders, represent an array of actions, disclosures, marvels, and meanderings. In a word: plays. I’m delighted to share them here, for the first-time, published together in a singular assembly,” says Howze.

Phillip Howze is a writer and theater maker whose works include Self Portraits (BRIC-Arts Media) and Frontieres Sans Frontieres (Bushwick Starr). His plays have been developed or produced at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, New York Theater Workshop, PRELUDE Festival, Public Theater/NYSF, San Francisco Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Theater Masters, and Yale Cabaret. He is a Fellow of the Sundance Theater Lab, a Lucas Artist Fellow at Montalvo Arts Center, a 2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, and a Resident Writer at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3. His commissions include the American Repertory Theater, the Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan Initiative, and Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3. He was recently appointed the inaugural Associate Senior Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University’s new Theater, Dance & Media program.

Doodles from the Margins: Three Plays by Hansol Jung comprises the plays Wolf Play, No More Sad Things, and Wild Goose Dreams. Most recently, Wolf Play completed a sold out and extended run at Soho Rep in New York City. In January 2023, off-Broadway’s MCC will collaborate with Soho Rep and Ma-Yi Theater Company to bring Wolf Play, a story of a family and an off-the-record adoption, back to the stage.

Hansol Jung is a playwright and director from South Korea. Productions include Wolf Play (Artist Rep, Company One, Soho Rep), Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival), Among the Dead (Ma-Yi), and No More Sad Things (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions from Public Theater (NY), Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse. She has received residencies and fellowships from Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, Royal Court, New York Theater Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Berkeley Repertory, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, and Page 73. Awards include the Steinberg Award, Whiting Award, DGF Award and the Helen Merrill Award. She has written for TV series Tales of the City (Netflix), Pachinko (Apple +) and is currently developing various onscreen projects with Bad Robot, Amazon Studios, and the team at Kindred Spirit/Ink Factory/Endeavor Content. Hansol is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, NYTW’s Usual Suspects, and The Kilroys. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Three Plays by Christina Anderson comprises the plays How to Catch CreationGood Goods, and Hollow Roots. “I designed the book cover, using my photography to create a collage that symbolizes my approach when crafting my play worlds,” says Anderson.

Christina Anderson is a Tony Award Nominee for Outstanding Book of a Musical for Paradise Square. She is a playwright, screenwriter, educator, and creative. Her plays have appeared at The Goodman Theatre, OSF, The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Rep, and other theaters in the United States and Canada. Awards and honors include: 2021 Prince Prize, 2020 United States Artists Fellow, MacDowell Fellowship, Lily Awards Harper Lee Prize, Herb Alpert Award nomination, Barrymore Nomination, and New Dramatists Residency. She taught playwriting at Wesleyan University, Rutgers University, SUNY Purchase College, and served as the interim Head of Playwriting at Brown University.

The first three books will be available at the Drama Book Shop during the September launch.

Recent Alien Abductions. by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas Cortiñas’s play uses the metaphor of alien abduction to explore two kinds of asymmetrical relationships: the experience of growing up queer in a straight family and the geopolitical relationship Puerto Rico has with the United States. “Cortiñas’s heartbroken thriller Recent Alien Abductions weaves a delicate spider’s web,” said Time Out NY.

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’s most recent plays include Bird in the Hand (Fulcrum, New York Times Critics Pick) and Blind Mouth Singing (NAATCO, New York Times Critics Pick). His many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts (three years), and the Helen Merrill Award, among others. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a NYTW Usual Suspect.

Tripwire Harlot is a small artist-driven press that began in late 2019 as an imprint of Savage Candy Productions. It was initially founded by playwright Sheila Callaghan as a thought experiment, and soon grew into a platform for amplifying under-represented voices in the American Theater and beyond. Tripwire H. is dedicated to spotlighting adventurous work that might otherwise be overlooked by risk-averse institutions. It seeks to give voice to unique, insightful perspectives through interrogation and creative inquiry. It strives to serve the field by playfully poking at the boundaries of the impossible. And finally, it challenges our presumed limitations around dramatic works in print.

Important Information–Please read before reserving.  

  • Masks are highly recommended inside of the Drama Book Shop
  • Sledgehammer Series books only. No merchandise, photos or other souvenirs will be allowed to be signed. 

RSVP REQUIRED. For Tickets please email RSVP@dramabookshop.com