Natalie Sacks

Natalie Sacks

NATALIE SACKS is a Brooklyn-based playwright specializing in historical and sci-fi theater. Her play, THE YOUNG LADIES OF THE CLASS OF 1902 OF WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESENT, "AS YOU LIKE IT," is a finalist for American Shakespeare Center's 2021 Shakespeare's New Contemporaries competition. Other plays include INVASIVE SPECIES (Benchmark Theatre), HEY SEXY: AN ENVIRONMENTAL PARABLE (The Bechdel...
NATALIE SACKS is a Brooklyn-based playwright specializing in historical and sci-fi theater. Her play, THE YOUNG LADIES OF THE CLASS OF 1902 OF WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESENT, "AS YOU LIKE IT," is a finalist for American Shakespeare Center's 2021 Shakespeare's New Contemporaries competition. Other plays include INVASIVE SPECIES (Benchmark Theatre), HEY SEXY: AN ENVIRONMENTAL PARABLE (The Bechdel Group), UNTIL WE GET IT RIGHT (semifinalist, Detroit New Works Festival), SHOOTING IN THE DARK (Queen Mary Theatre Company), 50 METERS (The Rude Mechanicals), THE QUEEN OF IRELAND (Turn to Flesh Productions), LOVING GRANDMA JEAN (The Bechdel Group), and SUSCEPTIBLE TO FIRE (The Dirty Blondes).

Plays

  • The Young Ladies of the Class of 1902 of Wesleyan University Present, "As You Like It"
    In Middletown, Connecticut in the spring of 1902, the entire women's senior class of Wesleyan University, an early coed college, puts on an all-female production of "As You Like It." Amidst rampant gender discrimination and the looming threat of the university's plans to remove women from its student body entirely, a band of courageous young women come together to make their voices heard...
    In Middletown, Connecticut in the spring of 1902, the entire women's senior class of Wesleyan University, an early coed college, puts on an all-female production of "As You Like It." Amidst rampant gender discrimination and the looming threat of the university's plans to remove women from its student body entirely, a band of courageous young women come together to make their voices heard through Shakespeare. In the meantime, drama, romance, deception and true friendship all begin to form. This play is based on true events.
  • Invasive Species
    Imagine a world in which a "super-GMO" designed to solve world hunger—fast-growing, extremely durable, and requiring almost nothing to survive—has gone completely out-of-control, overtaking the Earth and driving the human race almost entirely extinct. Paul and Magdalena are a late-twenties couple living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, who along with their upstairs neighbor Jaz are each fighting to remake the...
    Imagine a world in which a "super-GMO" designed to solve world hunger—fast-growing, extremely durable, and requiring almost nothing to survive—has gone completely out-of-control, overtaking the Earth and driving the human race almost entirely extinct. Paul and Magdalena are a late-twenties couple living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, who along with their upstairs neighbor Jaz are each fighting to remake the world as they see best, with very different ideas of what that should look like.
  • Hey Sexy: An Environmental Parable
    Hey Sexy: An Environmental Parable is a video game-style one-act play about the day the sun explodes and the badass ladies who have to stop it, and the government-sponsored climate change deniers who get in the way.
  • Until We Get It Right
    Anna, 1891. Maggie, 1965. Jamie, 2014. Three people whose lives suddenly no longer make sense. UNTIL WE GET IT RIGHT tells a story of depression that spans generations, a fight between love and medication as everything else ceases to matter. Four actors portray a cast of characters in each era struggling to find a solution to a problem no one can understand.
  • 'Tis a Sort of Duty to Be Rich
    At St. James's Coffeehouse, where London's elites come mingle, drink their tea, and louse, a battle of reputations has broken out between free spirit Flavia and prim Roxana. But when a stroke of fate pushes Flavia off the top of the food chain, Roxana finds herself the new object of worship in her society. In this "18th century Mean Girls" adapted from the poetry of Mary Wortley Montagu, can...
    At St. James's Coffeehouse, where London's elites come mingle, drink their tea, and louse, a battle of reputations has broken out between free spirit Flavia and prim Roxana. But when a stroke of fate pushes Flavia off the top of the food chain, Roxana finds herself the new object of worship in her society. In this "18th century Mean Girls" adapted from the poetry of Mary Wortley Montagu, can two women rise above it all and save a true friendship amidst the scheming of their contemporaries?
  • Shooting in the Dark
    In October 2002, ten people were killed and three others critically injured in a series of completely random sniper attacks across the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Today, five friends who have just graduated from college and moved to DC revisit those memories of tragedy as they encounter a series of mysterious crimes, from someone stuffing anonymous, threatening notes into their mailbox to one of them...
    In October 2002, ten people were killed and three others critically injured in a series of completely random sniper attacks across the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Today, five friends who have just graduated from college and moved to DC revisit those memories of tragedy as they encounter a series of mysterious crimes, from someone stuffing anonymous, threatening notes into their mailbox to one of them witnessing the shooting of a stranger directly in front of her. What can you do when you realize violence is all around you and there is no way to stop it?
  • 50 Meters
    A modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, from fair Rosaline's point of view.
  • Loving Grandma Jean
    Marianne can't understand why her daughter Amy won't speak to her Grandma Jean. Amy can't understand why her mom won't mind her own business. Then things get spooky when Grandma Jean starts answering back.
  • The Queen of Ireland
    The Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, England, 1593. Queen Elizabeth I receives an unusual petitioner: the Irish Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, come to negotiate for the freedom of her son, who has been arrested by the English for treason. But from the second she walks in, it's clear that Grace isn't like any other subject Elizabeth has met before; this could even be the one woman who has the upper...
    The Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, England, 1593. Queen Elizabeth I receives an unusual petitioner: the Irish Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley, come to negotiate for the freedom of her son, who has been arrested by the English for treason. But from the second she walks in, it's clear that Grace isn't like any other subject Elizabeth has met before; this could even be the one woman who has the upper hand over the Queen of England. Who could win this battle of wills?
  • Susceptible to Fire
    "Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing. If he didn't want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors." A reflection on the sexism and bigotry of internet comments sections.