"Splinters" is the first play I ever wrote. It was grand in scale and vision. A lot of things were "wrong" with the writing, I suppose, but a lot of things were right with it too. I had just started working with Ragged Wing Ensemble, and it became the second play we produced. Afterward, RWE was awarded "Best New Theater Company" by the East Bay Express based on the first two plays. I loved the quote: "Their work may be low-budget, but there's nothing half-assed about it."
Performed in Berkeley, CA, January 20--February 18, 2006 (extended run) Written and directed by Andrea L. Hart
Starring Keith Davis, Mateo Hinojosa, Mariah Howard, Lauren Pizzi, Amy Sass, Anna Shneiderman
Original music by Kent Blodgett
Produced by Ragged Wing Ensemble
“[Splinters...] is a provocative show about anger and forgiveness using stylized movement, text, and song to tell the story of a man who leaves his wife and children, and of the daughter who must find a way to make peace with him while juggling all the disappointments of coming to adulthood -- being betrayed by friends, by lovers, by her own body. Andersen's Gerda sets out to find her friend; Hart's Woman sets out to find herself.” --Lisa Drostova, East Bay Express, 1/25/06
“Andrea Hart has directed her own text, which is a kind of collage of statements, dialogue, and movement...she’s outdistanced the constant risk of falling into a pastiche of primal scenes by constant theatrical activity, the main characters supported by or in contrapuntal distinction to the chorus.” --Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet, 1/24/06