Atop Illyria

By Hal Corley

Part of our Soundings Reading Series

For a politically progressive young suburban couple, new neighbors in the renovated
apartment one floor below stir up unexpected anxiety. To Cole and Meg’s astonishment,
Skënder, their Albanian-born building superintendent, has engineered a move for his family into
a coveted six room pre-war beauty. As personal boundaries are breached, lifestyles and cultures
collide. When Cole initiates a tenants’ campaign to expose the super’s presumed negligence,
privilege and class enter the equation, self-interest finally trumping ideology.

Hal has developed his plays with major companies (Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Walnut Street, Premiere Stages, Atlanta’s Alliance, Adirondack Theater Festival, Stageworks/Hudson). Three full-length scripts, Easter Monday, Mama and Jack Carew, and ODD, are published by Samuel French, excerpted in French’s Exceptional Monologues 2 and S&K’s Best Men’s/Women’s Stage Scenes and Monologues of 2011. His Treed is published by Playscripts in Great Short Plays Volume 10, his adaptation of Wilder’s Fanny Otcott by YouthPlays, and his Dolor will be published in Applause’s Best American Short Plays 2014-2015. Over thirty of his other one-acts have been produced in the US and Canada. He recently won HRC Showcase and Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards for his play Married North, and has three times been a semifinalist in the O’Neill Competition. For his work in daytime serials, Hal won five Emmys and two WGA Awards. Hal is a member of the Dramatists Guild.