THE STORYTELLER

"I have done nothing but in care of thee,
Of thee, my dear one—thee my daughter," - William Shakespeare, The Tempest

[full length] Finalist, 2019 Eugene O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference. Randi has lived off the grid with her father for as long as she can remember. She knows better than to question things—at least, until now. THE STORYTELLER is a riff on...
"I have done nothing but in care of thee,
Of thee, my dear one—thee my daughter," - William Shakespeare, The Tempest

[full length] Finalist, 2019 Eugene O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference. Randi has lived off the grid with her father for as long as she can remember. She knows better than to question things—at least, until now. THE STORYTELLER is a riff on THE TEMPEST that explores the magic and power of the narratives we create.
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THE STORYTELLER

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  • Pauline David-Sax:
    18 Jun. 2019
    A heartbreaking play about the power of stories and the pain of not knowing. I love the way Accuardi has brought unreliable narration to the stage in such an inventive way.
  • Nick Malakhow:
    15 Jun. 2019
    This is a briskly moving, beautiful piece. I love how the rules and expectations are set up right from the start and, slowly but surely, many of our initial guesses or preconceived notions are subverted. Highly theatrical and oftentimes surprising.
  • Alvaro Saar Rios:
    23 Apr. 2019
    Just when you start to get comfortable, you are reminded THE STORYTELLER is a story. Like all good stories, it halts and shifts. Just like a good storyteller, Sara Jean Accuardi takes you on a journey that is magical and heartbreaking but also full of love. This one definitely is worth a read!

Character Information

  • RANDI
    17,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A little bit lost, a little bit plain, a little bit magical. A daughter.
  • PAPS
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Kind of lost too. Has more charisma than magic. A father.
  • TIFF
    30s - 50s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Took a wrong turn somewhere. A friend.
  • JIMMY
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Broken. A loner.
  • SPENCER
    19,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Normal. A nice young boy.
  • THE LADY
    40s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    She tells stories.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Something Marvelous (Chicago, IL)
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Fertile Ground Festival of New Work
    ,
    2018

Awards

Selection
,
The Something Marvelous Festival of Magical Realism
,
2019
Finalist
,
Seven Devils Playwrights Conference
,
2018