Sarah Bierstock

Sarah Bierstock

Actor Sarah Bierstock’s first play, Honor Killing, received its first development through the John Drew Theater Lab at Guild Hall. After being presented by Pioneer Theater as part of their 2016 Play-by-Play Reading Series, it went on to a WORLD PREMIERE that ran for eight weeks at Florida Studio Theatre (FST) to full capacity audiences. It received its second production at Athena Project in Denver, CO. Honor...
Actor Sarah Bierstock’s first play, Honor Killing, received its first development through the John Drew Theater Lab at Guild Hall. After being presented by Pioneer Theater as part of their 2016 Play-by-Play Reading Series, it went on to a WORLD PREMIERE that ran for eight weeks at Florida Studio Theatre (FST) to full capacity audiences. It received its second production at Athena Project in Denver, CO. Honor Killing was read at WAM Theater in West Stockbride, CT, as part of the Fresh Takes Series. In 2017, it was one of three plays featured in the New Works Reading Series at the Athena Theater, FST’s Sarasota Festival of New Plays, and the PROJECT W Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City (InProximity Theater). Sarah received an award for 2nd Runner up for The Woodward International Playwriting Prize at the University of New Hampshire earlier in 2017, where two readings of Honor Killing were conducted both at the University of New Hampshire and the 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH. Honor Killing received Honorable Mention for the Bridge Initiative Playwriting Contest: Playwright of the Year Award, was a Finalist for the 2017 Ashland New Play Festival, a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2017), a Semi- Finalist for the Premier Stages 2017 Play Festival, a Semi-Finalist for the Id Theaters 2017 Playwriting Conference, a Finalist for the Hudson River Artists Playwriting Award (2017), in final consideration for the PlayPenn New Play Development Conference (2017), a Semi-Finalist for 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a Semi-Finalist for Stage Left Theatre’s Playwriting Residency (Chicago, 2017). Her second play, MAD, was workshopped at FST as part of the 2018 Playwrights Collective and the Spring of 2019 as part of the NNPN's Women in Playwriting Festival. Monologues from MAD, performed by actress Ellen Dolan, were featured in Neo-Political Cowgirl’s Andromeda Sisters.
Sarah has received commissioned for her monologues and short plays from Center Stage (Baltimore) and the Neo-Political Cowgirls. She was commissioned as part of the Playwright's Project to write a play based on myth, Pandora and her Top Secret and Exceptionally Important Scientific Mission, for Theater For Young Audiences at FST. She just completed her second TYA play, Graceland 2.0 which is currently being workshopped at the Hewitt School in NYC. Sarah is a proud member of the Playwrights Collective at FST and is currently writing, and rewriting, new plays.

Plays

  • Graceland 2.0 (FOR AGES 14-18)
    Synopsis: A teenage Grace is drowning under her mother's Coronavirus induced micro-managing gaze.  A talented poet and rapper, she spends her time winning beat boxing competitions, but finds herself unable to complete the basic task of writing a single poetry assignment for school.  She leans on the help of her equally talented friends Greta, a virtuoso pianist and academic stellar, and fraternal twins...
    Synopsis: A teenage Grace is drowning under her mother's Coronavirus induced micro-managing gaze.  A talented poet and rapper, she spends her time winning beat boxing competitions, but finds herself unable to complete the basic task of writing a single poetry assignment for school.  She leans on the help of her equally talented friends Greta, a virtuoso pianist and academic stellar, and fraternal twins Jana and Dana (hip hop dancer and visual artist extraordinaires).  The girls build a world where they are free from their anxieties.  Together they learn to bring the peace they find in Graceland back into their real lives.
  • MAD
    Carolyn Erich is off her rocker. Her dead mother, Grandma, says so herself in the opening monologue. Carolyn's very pregnant youngest daughter returns home at Christmas to keep an eye on her, and her siblings join with trepidation. What version of their mother they will receive is entirely unclear, as one never knows where her mental illness will lead them. One things clear, Mom's off her meds and...
    Carolyn Erich is off her rocker. Her dead mother, Grandma, says so herself in the opening monologue. Carolyn's very pregnant youngest daughter returns home at Christmas to keep an eye on her, and her siblings join with trepidation. What version of their mother they will receive is entirely unclear, as one never knows where her mental illness will lead them. One things clear, Mom's off her meds and Grandma's ghost isn't leaving anytime soon. The three daughters navigate mom’s idiosyncrasies and outlandish behavior with humor and wit, while attempting to handle their own issues of infidelity, birth and illness.
  • HONOR KILLING
    Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for the NY Times, heads to Pakistan to cover the honour killing of a young woman. Denied entrance -but armed with the most current technology- she conducts her investigation remotely from Dubai. Through a series of cultural collisions, candid interviews, and dangerous encounters she learns the horrifying details of this murder. These circumstances cause Allisyn to re-...
    Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for the NY Times, heads to Pakistan to cover the honour killing of a young woman. Denied entrance -but armed with the most current technology- she conducts her investigation remotely from Dubai. Through a series of cultural collisions, candid interviews, and dangerous encounters she learns the horrifying details of this murder. These circumstances cause Allisyn to re-examine troubling details of her own past. One culture mirrors the other, asking questions about forgiveness, self worth and justice.