The playwright Katori Hall, a self-described workaholic, is in the middle of a busy theater season: shortly after her play “The
Mountaintop,” about the last hours of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., closes on Broadway on Jan. 22, her newest play, “Hurt Village,” about a soldier returning from Iraq, will open at theSignature Theater Company on Feb. 7. Ms. Hall, 30, who was born in Memphis, lives in Washington Heights with her fiancé, Alan Tumusiime, 28, a video editor and photographer. She spends Sundays avoiding writing, playing guitar and appreciating both reality television and Southern cuisine.
EARLY START It’s weird, but for the past couple of weeks, I’ve actually been getting up around 8, which is crazy. I’ve become used to getting up really, really early, unfortunately — I’d much rather sleep. I haven’t even needed an alarm. I’ve been going to the gym early and having to get down to the casting office early.
TWITTER AND PROTEIN I must say, I look at my Twitter and my Facebook before I nourish myself. I probably need to stop that. If I don’t go out to eat for brunch, I’ll cook, or my fiancé will cook for us. We have our protein; we make eggs or omelets. Over breakfast, my fiancé and I talk and listen to music. We play everything from Colbie Caillat to Ugandan R & B.
WALK IN THE PARK I live near this park called Fort Tryon Park, which I love. I actually like to take a walk in the park when we don’t cook. There’s this cafe called New Leaf; it’s my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood because it’s in the park. It’s just homey.
REALITY TELEVISION I come back home and watch whatever is on TV. I’m into my reality TV shows — if “Mob Wives” is on, I will watch that. I also watch “Up With Chris Hayes” in the morning; I got into it once I went on the show and was like, “I didn’t even know this show existed!” The day is all about chillaxing and gathering my strength for the next week.
PAGE TURNER I read fashion magazines. I’m into interior decorating right now. I have a whole stack of issues of House Beautiful, and I tear out pages to try to figure out what’s the next step for the house. I’m redoing everything. I just painted all the rooms in different shades of purple, my favorite color. And I bought a new grown-up canopy bed from Room and Board. I’ve been living like a college student surrounded with furniture I scavenged from the street. I’ve had it for the past five years, but since I just turned 30, I’m determined to create a home.
MOVIE OR MATINEE We go to a movie or catch a matinee of a play. We went to go see the new “Twilight” and also a play, “Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale,” at theNational Black Theater in Harlem.
HOME COOKING After that, we come back home and cook something hearty. It will vary from goat stew and potatoes to spaghetti or rice and peas. I’ve tried to get away from macaroni because it’s fattening and I’m trying to lose weight. The cuisine is absolutely influenced by my heritage. But I’m trying to stay away from the macaroni and cheese and candied yams.
WINDING DOWN I sit on the couch after dinner and watch movies on TV so that I can veg out and take my mind off my work. I try to enjoy the little nice things about my life and relax whenever I can. I end up going to bed around midnight.