Project Dawn

Project Dawn

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

By Karen Hartman

Directed by Heidi Van

24 Jan - 18 Feb



In this vital and surprisingly funny new play, seven actresses play fourteen characters on both sides of a radical new courtroom experiment. Every day these lawyers, judges, and social workers provide support for women desperate to escape the cycles of drug addiction, prostitution and poverty. In the tradition of Orange is the New Black, get a glimpse inside the lives of women struggling to change their circumstances against the odds. Playwright Karen Hartman explores the thin line that separates freedom from incarceration, inside the real life Project Dawn Court in Philadelphia, PA. 


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Project Dawn is produced as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by Unicorn Theatre (MO), People’s Light (PA), and Horizon Theatre Company (GA). For more information please visit 


Artistic Staff

Stage Manager ~ Tanya Brown

Scenic Designer ~ Emily Swenson

Lighting Designer ~ Art Kent

Sound Designer ~ David Kiehl

Costume Designer ~ Georgianna Buchanan

Props Designer ~ Eric Palmquist

Dramaturg ~ Mary Allison Joseph

Master Electrician ~ Nicole Jaja

Production Assistant ~ Chloe Robbins

Sound Board Operator ~ Courtney Dozier