Reardon's Writing History


Yale School of Drama, MFA in Playwriting

University of Michigan, BA, Dual Major in English and Theater (Honors)


The Mercy Killers, a novel. Published in September of 2004. Included in the "Best of 2004" for fiction in The Washington Post Book World and The Chicago Tribune. Translated into Japanese.

Blameless, a novel. Published May of 2000, Random House. Translated into German and Hebrew. Starred reviews in Booklist and Library Journal.

Billy Dead, a novel. Published October of 1998, Viking Penguin. Translated into French, German, Dutch and Japanese. Starred review in Booklist.

“Lolita,” a short story. In the Process…, Volume 1, Number 3, July 1993.


One Hundred Years of Broadway, review developed for Singer Entertainment, New York City, 1995.

The Sweet Trade, dramatic play. Commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, 1993; Circle Repertory Company Lab, New York City, October 1994.

Gloria, dramatic play. New Georges, New York City, February 1993; Yale, October 1991.

Blush at Nothing, comedic play. Inaugural production of Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, February through March 1991.

Cost of Living, dramatic play. The Jacksonville Actors Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida, May 1990.

“Wendy and Danny Gustin,” a one-act play. Circle Repertory Company Lab, February 1995.

“Dove,” a one-act play. Living Arts Theatre, Los Angeles, October 1994; Circle Repertory School of Theatre, July 1994.

“Dog and Fruit,” a monologue play. The Yale Cabaret, October 1991.

“Daphne,” a one-act play. University of Michigan RC Players, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 1988.


Puffin Foundation Grant, 2005.

Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, 2005.

Billy Dead named one of “Twenty Notable First Novels of 1998” by Booklist

Blameless named a finalist for the Great Lakes Booksellers Association Award

Berrilla Kerr Grant for Playwrights, 1994

Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1992

First Place, La Plume des Femmes Playwriting Competition, Jacksonville FL, 1990

Yale School of Drama:
Audrey Wood Playwriting Scholarship, 1991
William Morris Playwriting Fellowship, 1990
Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Scholarship, 1989

University of Michigan
Virginia Voss Honors Award for Drama, 1989
Avery Hopwood, Top Award for Major Drama, 1988
Lawrence Kasdan Scholarship for Drama, 1988


The Authors Guild, Society of Midland Authors.

Selected Works

1968, McGurk's Tap Room in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Death, drugs, war, child abuse, and plenty of laughs.
Lack of accountability leads to a dead child, adultery, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns and insomnia.
Realistic portrayal of family life, murder, abuse, incest, and self-mutilation.
Lesbian pirates in the eighteenth century.
Vampire super-hero comes to life.
Midwest romantic comedy with one dead body.
Three women working in a factory go at each other.
Hostage situation flipped on its head.
Manhattan man is driven insane by a bird.