speaking strictly for me

a one-act songfic about folk singers who resemble joan baez and bob dylan

also, a play with music about heartbreak, history, and two people who don't know how to talk about what they did to each other.
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speaking strictly for me

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  • Zoe Senese-Grossberg:
    5 Oct. 2023
    A brilliant and lyrical short play that resists the need to have an easily digestible "bit" but instead lets the viewer luxuriate in the pain and tragic romance of its situation. Sarah Jae Lieber's triumph comes both in the emotional honesty of this play as well as in all its surprising moments of humor and levity, resisting the sappier and more stereotypical impulses a story like this might have.

    The characters are sharply human despite their mythos yet the original songs themselves are almost hilariously accurate to the source material. Overall, it is a truly lovely meditation.
  • Rob Silverman Ascher:
    19 May. 2023
    A short, tense exploration of the mythology behind one of folk music's greatest legends. Or maybe it just happens to be two songwriters named joanie and dylan. regardless, these are people who keep their heads in their own poetry and, as a result, don't know how to reveal themselves to each other.

    speaking strictly for me is like reading the liner notes of a relationship after its demise. Sarah Jae Lieber has painted a portrait of a couple tied by the inevitability of losing each other.
  • Sam Heyman:
    18 May. 2023
    Sarah Jae Leiber has created a beautiful, poignant song-for-the-stage about two people, two beautiful souls, yearning to be heard, and to hear the truth of their experiences spoken back to them in a language they understand.

    "speaking strictly for me" will speak to anyone who has loved someone and has struggled to find closure in some mutual truth that stubbornly refuses to be brought to the surface. You don't have to know Dylan or Joanie before reading this play, but by the end, you will. And it will break your heart all over again.