Written by Sara Israel

selected projects

 

The Sense Plays

six thematic short plays

 

graphic credit: Richard Tatum

a cup of coffee goes awry • a punch in the face for marketing’s sake • a marriage on a mountaintop

a talk show unravels • a waiting room of over-sharers • a park bench’s date with destiny

 

5W, 3M, Total Running Time = 75 minutes

Available for Production

 

 

previous production:

For PS ARTS at studio/stage

 

Cast:  Bernard Burlew, Monica Horan, Michael Hyland, Liza Lapira, Dana Peterson, Elly Silberstein, Michael Welch, Amy Weaver

 

Directed by:  Kathy Deith, Sara Israel, Karen Jean Olds, Michael Shutt, Richard Tatum, Constance Zimmer

 

Produced by:  Sara Israel, Dylan Jones, Liza Lapira

 

also available as six independently-produced short plays as:

The Sixth

a short play

 

a woman, a man, a park bench, a psychic, a groupon. . . destiny, or maybe not.

(a romantic dramedy)

 

1W, 1M, Total Running Time = 10 minutes

Available for Production

Actors Theater of Louisville Heideman Award Finalist

Indie Boots Theatre Festival Winner

 

previous productions: 

Snapshots (Los Angeles, CA)

Cast:  India de Beaufort,* Todd Grinnell, Sally Pressman*  (*alternating)

Directed by:  Sara Israel      Produced by:  Nicki Georgi & Lara Wickes

 

Indie Boots Theatre Festival (Chicago, IL)

and

Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins Theatre Festival (Chicago, IL)

Directed by: Ashely Bagot    Produced by: Richard Paro

photo credit: Marilyn Galosy

Tastes Like Teen Spirit!

a short play

 

when an intern is punched in the face for the sake of marketing research, a new brand of feminism is revealed

(a comedy)

 

3W, 1M, Total Running Time = 9 minutes

Available for Production

previous productions: 

Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (New York, NY)

Directed by: Sara Israel

 

Box Wine Theater (Minneapolis, MN)

Directed by: Lucas Skjaret              Produced by: Bethany Simmons

 

 Prescott Center for the Arts (Prescott, AZ)

Directed by: Joanne Robertson      Produced by:  Tiffany Antone

photo credit: Richard Tatum

(touch.)

a short play

 

in a doctor's waiting room, four people say too much, while one woman says almost nothing at all.

(a drama with comedy)

 

3W, 2M, Total Running Time = 9 minutes

Available for Production

previous production: 

Prescott Fine Arts Association (Prescott, AZ)

Directed by:  Charissa Menefee      Produced by:  Tiffany Antone

 

Say, Can You See

a short play

 

a self-help book brings a married couple with a son in Afghanistan to the top of mountain

(a drama)

 

1W, 1M, Total Running Time = 8 minutes

Available for Production

photo credit: Richard Tatum

Sound Affects

a short play

 

a cup of coffee between two friends goes awry when another patron brings recent history to the surface

(a comedy with drama)

 

2W, 1M, Total Running Time = 10 minutes

Available for Production

photo credit: Richard Tatum

smell or

The Most Amazing Pooper Scooper

a short play

 

a woman takes civic duty to new levels of commitment, and winds up a talk show sensation

(a comedy)

 

5W, 3M, Total Running Time = 14 minutes

Available for Production

photo credit: Richard Tatum

The Happiest Person In America

a short film

 

photo credit: Robert C. Webb

Is there a mathematical formula for achieving happiness?  The Happiest Person In America explores this possibility, and one woman's quest to learn from the one man who has perhaps mathematically "achieved" it. Set at the cultural intersection of American Judaism and the Asian American experience, the film tells an unexpectedly funny and subtly insightful story about what we lose and what we gain throughout our lives, and how those transactions affect our identities and our happiness-- even while we must acknowledge that there are some aspects to each of us that are immutable.

 

Running Time = 15:21

Available for Festivals and Screenings

 

Directed by Sara Israel

 

Cast:  Liza Lapira, Shiri Appleby, Steve West,

           with Dale Dickey and Michael Paul Chan

Produced by Sara Israel & Andrea Kaufman

Executive Producer: Brandon Kjar

Director of Photography:  Robert C. Webb

Production Designer:  Thomas Meleck

Editor: Debra Weinstein

Jesse Rode A Bicycle Today

a short play

 

Jesse, a 15 year-old with un-cateogrized developmental disorders, gets on a bicycle for the very first time.  It is an occasion for celebration, but also a landmark event that propels Jesse’s family and friends to look both backward and forward at how Jesse’s life impacts and reflects upon theirs.

(a drama with comedy)

 

2W, 3M, Total Running Time = 8 minutes

Available for Production

 

 

previous productions:

 

WriteAct Repertory (Los Angeles, CA)

Directed by:  Diane Chernansky      Produced by: John Lant

 

Pandora Play Festival (Scottsdale, AZ)

Directed by:  Aimee Reed    Produced by:  Carolyn Allport

 

Piano Fight Productions (Los Angeles, CA)

Directed by:  June Carryl      Produced by:  Nina Harada & Jeremy Mascia

 

previous development reading:

 

Manhattan Shakespeare Company (New York NY)

Directed by:  Laurie Waugh          Produced by:  Sarah Eismann

 

bad Art

a play

 

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When her original canvases are found in the raided bunker of an internationally vilified warlord, Charlene must confront the public questioning of her patriotism, as well as the privately complicated love presented by her children.  As Charlene navigates these personal and professional fallouts, the notorious warlord himself appears to her—young, charming, and utterly delusional—blending the actual with the necessary-to-survive.  Through her relationship with this fanciful version of her greatest patron, Charlene learns to redefine herself as an artist and as a person.

(a drama with comedy)

 

3W, 3M, Total Running Time = 100 minutes

Available for Production

 

 

Princess Grace Playwrighting Award, Semi-Finalist

 

previous development reading:

 

The Blank Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA)

Directed by:  Elena K. Smith          Produced by:  Stacy Reed

 

Tommy Got His Gun

a short play

 

Tommy and his wife Maggie move from Vermont to Los Angeles for Tommy's first assignment as an FBI agent.  When he arrives for a dinner party with his government-issue firearm in his briefcase, the dilemma they face looms larger than merely "what to do" with an unwanted gun. 

(a drama with comedy)

 

1W, 1M, Total Running Time = 10 minutes

Available for Production

Originally commissioned by Moving Arts Theatre Company as a location-based piece (in a car, the actors in the front, the audience in the back).  Also available in traditional stage format.

 

 

previous production:

 

REDCAT/RADAR LA/Moving Arts Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA)

Cast:  Wilson Bethel & Grace Eboigbe    

Directed by:  Reena Dutt        Produced by:  Kim Glann &  Cece Tio

 

Four Corners

a play

 

In four scenes spanning nine years, four young women confront the ever-changing nature of friendship and the profound effects of the failure to communicate.  In direct addresses, including moments of stripped omniscience, the four women connect their stories, inner-thoughts, and ultimate fate to the events that unfold around the constancy of the rickety back table at their home-town luncheonette.

(a drama with comedy)

 

5W, Total Running Time = 75 minutes

Available for Production

 

 

American Theatre Co-op Prize Finalist

 

previous development readings:

 

Playwrights' Circle (Palm Springs, CA)

Directed by:  Tony Pastor, Jr.     Produced by Marilee Warner

 

The Blank Theatre Company (Los Angeles, CA)

Directed by:  Sara Israel        Produced by:  Darin Anthony & Jessica Hanna

 

Hamlet:  written then\for now

text by William Shakespeare

conceived & edited by Sara Israel

 

Shakespeare's classic is edited down to size for performance by young actors, and gender-adapted with Hamlet now the young princess of Denmark (among other gender switches).  The addition of Three Consciences, who speak Hamlet's soliloquies with her in conversation, creates heightened theatricality and extra substantial roles, while taking some onus off the young actress portraying Hamlet.  Other than relevant gender identifiers, all original Shakespeare language is thoroughly maintained.

(a drama)

 

31 Speaking Roles (can be doubled) plus Chorus, Total Running Time = 60 minutes

Available for Production

 

 

graphic credit: Sara Lowry

previous production:

 

Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA)   

Directed by:  Sara Israel        Produced by:  Gleason Bauer     Artistic Director:  Anne Scarbrough

 

 

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