Sarah Tuft

Sarah Tuft

Sarah‘s background as a narrative visual artist informs all their work, as does their advocacy for a more equitable world. Plays include ABIGAIL (O’Neill, Blue Ink Award, Ashland New Plays Festival finalist; Athena Projects, New American Voices semifinalist; workshopped at Inkwell and San Antonio Public Theatres), MARVEL-OUS MONICA; IN WHICH MONICA LEWINSKY IS A SUPERHERO HELL-BENT ON REVENGE (developed at The...
Sarah‘s background as a narrative visual artist informs all their work, as does their advocacy for a more equitable world. Plays include ABIGAIL (O’Neill, Blue Ink Award, Ashland New Plays Festival finalist; Athena Projects, New American Voices semifinalist; workshopped at Inkwell and San Antonio Public Theatres), MARVEL-OUS MONICA; IN WHICH MONICA LEWINSKY IS A SUPERHERO HELL-BENT ON REVENGE (developed at The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; workshopped at Valdez Last Frontier and IAMA Theatre Company; BAPF semi-finalist), and 110 STORIES (published by Playscripts; produced in over 120 academic and community theaters; performed at Geffen Playhouse, Public Theater, and Vineyard Theatre with actors including Billy Crudup, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Samuel L. Jackson, Cynthia Nixon, Tonya Pinkins, Jay O. Sanders, Tony Shalhoub, and Kathleen Turner.) Sarah’s 24HourPlays audio play was broadcast from BAM. Awards include Princess Grace Award semifinalist, Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep second rounder, Humanitas PlayLA Workshop finalist, and a NYFA Fellowship. Sarah’s essays have appeared in American Theatre magazine, HuffPost, and New York Times. Sarah is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and Honor Roll!, lives in NYC and LA, has an MFA from Pratt Institute, and is a teaching artist at SF Creative Writing Institute. For more, go to sarahtuft.com

Plays

  • ABIGAIL
    Hoping to resuscitate his dying career, renowned stage actress Savannah Wainscott hires her Hollywood director husband Ben Meyers to helm “The Crucible” on Broadway with herself as Goody Proctor. Swinging for the fences, Ben casts Asian-American YouTube star Ashley Lin as Abigail Williams and Black movie star Chris Price as John Proctor. But when rehearsals begin, Ashley’s objections to the play’s embedded...
    Hoping to resuscitate his dying career, renowned stage actress Savannah Wainscott hires her Hollywood director husband Ben Meyers to helm “The Crucible” on Broadway with herself as Goody Proctor. Swinging for the fences, Ben casts Asian-American YouTube star Ashley Lin as Abigail Williams and Black movie star Chris Price as John Proctor. But when rehearsals begin, Ashley’s objections to the play’s embedded misogyny upend the play and all its players. ABIGAIL explores how bullying, grooming, and sexual harassment have been normalized in the name of art allowing our so-called geniuses to exploit inequities based on gender, race and power.
  • MARVEL-OUS MONICA; IN WHICH MONICA LEWINSKY IS A SUPERHERO HELL-BENT ON REVENGE
    Developed at The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference... As Monica Lewinsky rehearses for her Talk, her PTSD keeps getting in the way, sending her spinning, literally, into an alternate universe. Will Marvel-ous Monica rescue The Pretty Young Coed from the Lecherous Professor? Will she learn the secret of Nasty-Woman, the mighty matriarchal superhero? And finally, will Monica be able to give her Talk by...
    Developed at The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference... As Monica Lewinsky rehearses for her Talk, her PTSD keeps getting in the way, sending her spinning, literally, into an alternate universe. Will Marvel-ous Monica rescue The Pretty Young Coed from the Lecherous Professor? Will she learn the secret of Nasty-Woman, the mighty matriarchal superhero? And finally, will Monica be able to give her Talk by making peace with her traumatic past? Combining humor, fantasy and verbatim theater, MARVEL-OUS MONICA offers an overdue #MeToo look at the slut-shamed young woman at the center of a notorious political scandal.
  • 110 STORIES
    Published by Playscripts and produced at over 110 community and academic theaters across the US and abroad... From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 STORIES is a moment-by-moment journey through 9/11 as told by eyewitnesses, survivors, and recovery workers. These “everyday people” include a photojournalist, a mother, an ironworker, a nurse, a massage therapist, and a homeless...
    Published by Playscripts and produced at over 110 community and academic theaters across the US and abroad... From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 STORIES is a moment-by-moment journey through 9/11 as told by eyewitnesses, survivors, and recovery workers. These “everyday people” include a photojournalist, a mother, an ironworker, a nurse, a massage therapist, and a homeless man who saved lives that day too. Their unflinching, freaked-out, and sometimes funny stories take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in the tragedy's aftermath. 110 STORIES memorializes September 11th without politics or hyperbole. Instead, it restores the human side to history by honoring our capacity for compassion.

    110 STORIES has been performed by actors including Ed Asner, Billy Crudup, Catherine Curtin, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Noah Emmerich, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, John Hawkes, Jessica Hecht, Jon Heder, Katie Holmes, Neal Huff, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Lawrence, Melissa Leo, Aasif Mandvi, Katharine McPhee, James McCaffrey, Dash Mihok, Cynthia Nixon, Tonya Pinkins, Jeremy Piven, Jay O. Sanders, Susan Sarandon, Pablo Schreiber, Tony Shalhoub, Daniel Sunjata, Kathleen Turner, John Turturro, Ben Vereen, and many other fine actors. 

    110 STORIES has been staged at The Vineyard Theatre, Public Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Town Hall where excerpts were included in “Brave New World: American Theater Responds to 9/11." Directors have included Barry Edelstein, and Gregory Mosher. Producers have included Andrew Carlberg and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso.
  • AWESOME BIG SOMEBODY, (one-act)
    AWESOME BIG SOMEBODY is a dark comedy about a mother and daughter competing for the same celebrity. Pam schemes to adopt a baby for Him since celebrity adoption is all the rage, while her teenaged daughter, Baby, aims to bang Him so good, He’ll never want anyone else. In their desperate race to the star, mother and daughter draw unwitting allies to their cause. But when Baby gets pregnant, everyone goes to war...
    AWESOME BIG SOMEBODY is a dark comedy about a mother and daughter competing for the same celebrity. Pam schemes to adopt a baby for Him since celebrity adoption is all the rage, while her teenaged daughter, Baby, aims to bang Him so good, He’ll never want anyone else. In their desperate race to the star, mother and daughter draw unwitting allies to their cause. But when Baby gets pregnant, everyone goes to war. AWESOME BIG SOMEBODY is a wild romp through celebrity worship, designer adoption, compulsive shoplifting, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the on-going war in the Middle East… in other words, a slice of America.
  • THE RAISINS GO WITH THE NUTS (ten-minute play)
    When Stacey insists her elderly mother be admitted to the ER during the pandemic, Barbara, the nurse at the registration desk, struggles to get her to calm down and describe her mother’s symptoms. But when mask-less Joan interrupts them, it quickly becomes apparent that the only thing mother and daughter are sick of is each other’s company.
  • THE PRICE OF BLUE (ten-minute play)
    Bluebeard has a new bride (again.) Mother has concerns (not for the first time.) And Josephine has a plan. THE PRICE OF BLUE follows what happens when Bluebeard’s mother tries to disrupt her son’s murderous ritual by casting doubt on his new bride’s fidelity. It bloody well better work.
  • 6.8 (ten-minute play)
    In the aftermath of something bad, Jordan pays Alison a neighborly visit to see if everything's cool. She lived through Hurricane Sandy. He survived Katrina. Both thought they were prepared for anything until the earth moved.
  • JUST US TWO (ten-minute play)
    When two sisters prepare food for their mother’s funeral reception, Cate one-ups Stephanie’s grief with a startling revelation. But just as Stephanie begins to wrap her head around the news of her mother’s secret life, Cate drops one more surprise. With Stephanie furious about being the last to know, two questions remain: Will the sisters’ relationship survive the news? And what did Stephanie do with the bruschetta?