Victoria Stewart
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What happens when news becomes entertainment and politics become a performance? Virginia Eames, an aspiring political pundit, attempts to negotiate her way through the constantly shifting landscape of cutthroat commentary and learns what it takes to be a star.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (4 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Nice girls do not finish first in Victoria Stewart’s trenchant and entertaining topical drama, HARDBALL. Girls with the sharpest elbows do … [and] Virginia has a pair of elbows that could splinter concrete … Smart, persuasive and nervy in its view of opinion journalism run amok. Stewart clearly boned up on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC gabfests … HARDBALL incisively dissects the inside game of media punditry — and exposes it as, at worst, a zero-sum game for us all.” —Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

About the Author


  • Victoria Stewart

    Victoria Stewart has received the Francesca Primus Award, a McKnight Advancement Grant, the Helen Merrill Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (finalist), and the Jerome Fellowship as well as residencies at Ucross/Sundance, Hedgebrook, Hermitage, Tofte Lake, Sewanee Writer's Conference and the Donmar Warehouse. Her plays include RICH GIRL (Florida Studio Theatre, The Old Globe, Theatre 502, George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Lyric Stage), MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE! (Olympia Family Theater, Magik Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, Marin Theater Company), HARDBALL (Live Girls Theatre!, SPF), FISSURES (LOST AND FOUND) (Actors Theater of Louisville), CLANDESTINO (Mixed Blood), LIVE GIRLS (Urban Stages, WHAT, Stage Left, Eternal Spiral Project), 800 WORDS: THE TRANSMIGRATION OF PHILIP K. DICK, (Caravan Theater, Live Girls Theatre!, Workhaus Collective), THE MEANING OF MAGGIE (Rose Theatre), an adaptation of Henry James' THE BOSTONIANS and a new play OPHELIA REDUX. She's written projects for HBO and Youtube Red. She's a founding member of the Workhaus Collective, an Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights' Center, a member of WGA West and the Playwrights Union of Los Angeles. Victoria graduated from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/9/2018
Pages 92
ISBN 9780881457742

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

HARDBALL premiered at Live Girls! Theater in Seattle.
The play was developed with support from the Helen Merrill Award,
the Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship program,
SPF (Summer Play Festival),
and the Women Playwrights Festival
co-produced by the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Hedgebrook.

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Hardball is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


8/2/2019 – 8/11/2019
Valley Players
Yountville, CA