The reviews are in
As I Was, Not As I Am
"It’s remarkable how developed Alice’s playwright voice is in relation to her journey. This mature instinct for how to tell her stories mixed with youthful ‘fuck-it’ energy is exciting.... The final scenes of the play are so beautiful in their precision of character – Zarya flees, Melissa attacks, and steady Jeanine tries to hold on." -Meredith Bartmon, 2020
"This play dives deep into relationship (roommate) complexities. The dialogue is sharp and concise. It takes risks. The central character, Laurel, is a well-drawn figure. Very identifiable for many communities." - Mad Cow Theatre, 2020
"A lovely story of human connection, perceived toxicity, and the things we bury. The stellar imagery manifests in neon markings that physically exhibit the transformational power of intimacy. Dell and Mara captured my heart and mind, and gave me hope for future generations. As Dell beautifully summarizes, "We shouldn’t fight against human nature to be curious and explore things, even if they might hurt us. We have to let the people of the future be loud, and trust them to understand." - Anne Mason, 2020
"Alice lives in her work authentically. She writes young women in relatable circumstances & treats them as beautiful, layered beings. They do not have to exist in extraordinary circumstances to make up for it either - because, while we are not often taken as seriously as our cis-male counterparts, we too have rich inner lives, needs and desires. These characters stand on their own in the text and give us the important stories we have been so desperately craving." - Hannah Postlewait, 2021
"Atrytone... [a] worthwhile new work.... Playwright Alice Hakvaag has taken the curse of head pain and transformed it into a play with ATRYTONE, directed by Michael Stahler.... Sometimes, you really need a hammer." - Lisa Panzer, 2019
"Ultimately, her search to understand her pain, to find meaning in her pain, resulted in her finding language to describe her pain. Those metaphors turned into Atrytone…. Because this is an epic human struggle, that can sometimes be illuminated by turning to ancient stories, ancient myth, and that is what Alice does.” - Erica Funke, 2020
Danni Coates as Dell and Isabel Robin as Mara in Acute Exposure. Dir. by Hannah Postlewait
Kayla Cleary as Az in Atrytone. Dir. by Michael Stahler. Photo by Alice Hakvaag.
Caren Bermudez as Jeanine, Boris Dansberry as Melissa, Lorenza Bernasconi as Laurel, and Kimie Muroya as Zarya in As I Was, Not As I Am. Dir. Julianne Schaub.