Shoshannah Boray

Shoshannah Boray

Playwright Shoshannah Boray writes plays about timeless human struggles in the context of our social and political world. Her stories take place in the mountains of Vermont, the conflict torn Middle East, in the corner deli. Many travel through memory, imagination and time as they explore characters' innermost desires and fears. She is interested in finding what brings her characters through heartache to...
Playwright Shoshannah Boray writes plays about timeless human struggles in the context of our social and political world. Her stories take place in the mountains of Vermont, the conflict torn Middle East, in the corner deli. Many travel through memory, imagination and time as they explore characters' innermost desires and fears. She is interested in finding what brings her characters through heartache to a place of courage, and through the inevitable doubt and confusion of life's choices to a place of strength.

Boray's plays have been produced and staged in professional theaters nationwide, including "Escaping Warsaw" (New York City, Sage Theatre Company; LA's Sefira Theatre; UVM's Royal Tyler Theatre/ Annual Gathering of Holocaust Survivor Families); "Water People" (Maryland One-Act Festival, Best Original Script; Growling Pup Festival, VT); "Mensch" (JET Festival of New Plays, Detroit); "Laughing Under the Sea" (Flynn NASA Grant, Finalist Princess Grace Awards); "Coyote Dreams" (135 Pearl St, VT; Clauder Competition State Winner); "Witches' Brew" (Shoestring Theatre, VT); and one acts in San Francisco, Louisville, Portland, Seattle, NYC. She has also written a play series for youth based on the the myths and histories of cultures from around the world, and produced locally in Vermont schools.

Plays

  • The Tortoise and The Hare
    Aaron’s come to rescue his sister Miri from her fast and fabulous descent into irresponsibility, partying and addiction. Or is Miri rescuing Aaron from conformity, responsibility, and pleasing others?
  • A Sibling Quartet
    4 sets of blood siblings struggle with their bonds of love and opposition, competition and difference: classic sibling rivalry. Concerned with the ways we love and experience one another, the play asks if it is possible to put aside our assumptions, and our differences, in order to care for one another, and perhaps understand one another, -- not just as siblings, but as friends, country(men), and fellow humans.
  • The Butterfly and the Wasp
    Only 9 months apart, Cece and Earl haven't spoken in nearly 70 years. He doesn't suspect that his successful, sharp, capable of anything older sister cannot leave the chair she greets him in without assistance. She has never suspected the betrayals and secrets her beloved younger brother has kept from her. How long is too long to wait to ask for forgiveness? How old do we have to be to see what is plainly in front of us?
  • The First Sister Trip
    Three sisters are stuck on a long flight with their mother's ashes in an urn. They've been changing alliances, keeping secrets and trading insults among the three of them for more than 50 years. The First Sister Trip is about what it means to be a sister, a parent, a spouse, and the ways we love and understand one another.
  • Strawberry Moon
    Maddie, Evan, George and Helen have been friends forever. But they didn't expect the choices they'd have to make as adults. What do we sacrifice for the people we love? When do political ideas not translate to our personal lives? What do you when everything you thought you wanted stops making sense? Strawberry Moon is a play that is both intimate and experimental in form, questioning ideas about perspective and absolutes.
  • The Cassandra Syndrome
    Set in Ancient Greece, full of egotistical and childish Greek Gods, noble and war-mongering monarchs and soldiers, the dapper Paris and savvy Helen, and with references to and inspiration from some of today's amazing young activists, The Cassandra Syndrome is a call to action for today's youth to step up and make a better tomorrow.
  • The Step Sisters: Sometimes it's not the princess that needs a fairy god parent
    Homecoming is this Friday. And Tree and Penny are locked in their room, grounded forever. What they really need is a fairy god parent for step kids. Because, well, they've got it tough. Tree's angry, doesn't fit in, and her real Dad's a pot smoking troll; Penny's brain doesn't work the same as other kids', and she's not always sure she's real at all. But the...
    Homecoming is this Friday. And Tree and Penny are locked in their room, grounded forever. What they really need is a fairy god parent for step kids. Because, well, they've got it tough. Tree's angry, doesn't fit in, and her real Dad's a pot smoking troll; Penny's brain doesn't work the same as other kids', and she's not always sure she's real at all. But the biggest problem is Cinderella, the full blood child of Tree's Mom and Penny's Dad. She is their parents' favorite, and the two step sisters can't seem to do anything right. It's time for a little fairy magic to tip the scales.
  • The Most Important Thing in the World
    Benny and Andy take care of one another, that's what siblings do. Especially when it's just the two of them, against the world, which shouldn't happen when you're teenagers, but.. here they are. But when Benny steals Andy's beloved piggy bank-- the only thing he has left from their mother-- well, what do you do when the only person you count on in life steals the one thing you care most about?
  • Witches' Brew, a re-imagining of MacBeth
    In a medieval nightclub, three witches concoct a scheme to disrupt all that is honorable in humankind. It begins with a politician, a sign of fate, and his trusted wife, encouraging him to put his calling above the law. The witches stir the pot.

    Witche's Brew is a re-imagining of the original tale of power and greed-- Shakespeare’s Macbeth-- in a time not unlike our own. With original music.
  • Past, Present, Perfect
    Four friends grapple with adult life, the dreams of their youth, and unexpected, difficult decisions. What are the sacrifices you make for the ones you love?  Past, Present, Perfect is a play that is both intimate and experimental in form, questioning ideas about perspective and absolutes.
  • Momo No Kawa: Peach River
    Twins Momotaro and Momoko have decided it's time. Time to vanquish the Oni (Ogres) that have been pillaging, vandalizing and polluting the countryside their village for as long as anyone can remember. But the twins know they cannot do it alone, and as they travel to Oni Island, they encounter the fierce Inu (Dogs), the clever and slapstick Saru (Monkeys), and the intellectual and ephemeral Kijii (Birds)....
    Twins Momotaro and Momoko have decided it's time. Time to vanquish the Oni (Ogres) that have been pillaging, vandalizing and polluting the countryside their village for as long as anyone can remember. But the twins know they cannot do it alone, and as they travel to Oni Island, they encounter the fierce Inu (Dogs), the clever and slapstick Saru (Monkeys), and the intellectual and ephemeral Kijii (Birds). To have any chance of overcoming the fierce Oni, they’ll have to overcome their differences first. Can they work together to return peace and freedom to their homes? Traditional festival music, folk dance, drumming and Japanese language are part of this colorful adaptation of the classic Japanese folktale MOMOTARO.
  • Apples and Stones, a dinner party
    What would you do if your girlfriend had a meaningless affair? Your charming and devoted husband lived by his own set of rules? Your wife always made her opinion known in public? Your lover never got angry? Your country was about to go to war? An unusual dinner party. An unusual party game. (1.5hr. 2W, 2M)