Author Archives: Derek Hills

About Derek Hills

DEREK HILLS is a storyteller and playwright from Washington, DC. He's notched over 100 performances on several DC-area stages, including Story District, The Moth, and Better Said Than Done. He's also appeared in "e-Geaux (beta)" and "Apocalypse Picnic" at the Capital Fringe Festival, and debuted his full-length comedy, "Prison Break, Incorporated," in 2016. He contributes occasional freelance arts criticism and essays to the Washington City Paper and Washington Post and is now working on two new shows: a play called "Shopworn" and a one-person show called "Boy of the Year," both of which will premiere in 2018.

‘I Killed My Mother’ is haunting and beautiful – and an apt commentary for our national moment

I Killed My Mother delivers a penetrating look into a young woman’s search for inner peace and happiness. It presents a world unstuck in time, where events from the past and present – and at moments, the future – freely … Continue reading

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What’s Prison Break, Incorporated? Well, here’s a preview!

Thanks to DC Metro Theater Arts for originally running this preview. You’ve run marathons in Kuala Lumpur, did the half Ironman in Hawaii, and proved your mettle on the now-quaint Tough Mudder race course as well as its clones. But … Continue reading

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The Chicago Blackhawks are not a dynasty

Wikipedia’s been updated, so I guess it’s official: the Chicago Blackhawks are a hockey dynasty. This, by virtue of their victory Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which secured their third Stanley Cup title in six years. It’s without question … Continue reading

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#TBT: Chip [name redacted] and Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22’

Several years ago now, when I was still on the right side of thirty years old, I worked with Chip. He called me to his office one day to discuss an issue he was having with some software my team … Continue reading

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Remember the Brian Williams imbroglio? Here’s what he could learn from DC storytellers…

The commentariat loves gifts like the Brian Williams/RPG-gate saga as it allows for easy and unrestrained blogging. Just imagine their relief: What’s this, an esteemed cultural icon – one whose authority in IconLand stems from some pesky yet venerable notion … Continue reading

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A laggard comment on the Lena Dunham hoo-hah controversy: a storyteller’s view

OK, so I ignored the headlines the first few days. I mean – really – Lena Dunham the child molester? To a codger like me, she’s practically a child herself. And as a busy IT professional doing the people’s work … Continue reading

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Actual pre-election appeal to POTUS: Do you have my back, Barack?*

Barack — I can’t believe it, but another holiday season’s here and, with it, the iceball of half-truths and dirty tricks that are my in-laws’ calling card. Won’t you send me $50 via PayPal? Minutes ago, my wife Andrea revealed … Continue reading

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