The following note is lifted from one of the programs
for the play A Killer Story. This play was recently produced in Berkeley, San Francisco, 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
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)