The following note is lifted from one of the programs
for the play A Killer Story. This play was recently produced in Berkeley, San Frnacisco, at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, and in McMinnville, Oregon .
When I first read Dan Harder’s Killer Story, I was immediately
drawn to this well-spun tale with its many pleasures: playful poetry, luscious imagery, food for thought, and plenty of jokes
to boot. With its Sam Spade references, modern-day femme fatale, and the invitation to a boozy, Cabaret-inspired evening,
what's not to like? However, having now spent more time kicking around in Harder's noir world, I realized that within this
palatable package, Harder invites us not just to revel in the art of storytelling, but also to probe the multiple roles
that stories play in our lives. To entertain us -- sure, but also to motivate, seduce, deduce, and destroy. Within the framework
of this jazz-infused, post-modern noir, Harder harkens us back to our storytelling forefathers, the Greeks, and beckons us
to remember what core passions drive us, even as we strive (Icarus-like?) to attain ever greater, even godlike, power and
potential. Where better to set this tale and produce its premiere than Berkeley, where so many have sought and seek to radically
improve the human condition, whether through militant activism, Zen-like mindfulness, or high-tech innovation? May the play
inspire some rich conversations about all of the above… And whether it does or not, may those Killer Cocktails flow!
Michelle Haner" (director of a fully-staged, six week equity production of The Killer Story,
April 12 – May 18, 2013, at The Marsh, Berkeley, California)