Sara Jean Accuardi

Sara Jean Accuardi

Sara Jean Accuardi is an award-winning playwright and the recipient of the 2021 Oregon Literary Arts Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship for Drama. Her work has been produced and developed at Theatre Vertigo, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Something Marvelous, Victory Gardens, Portland Center Stage, Chicago Dramatists, The Blank Theatre, Spooky Action Theater, Shaking the Tree Theatre, and PlayMakers Repertory...
Sara Jean Accuardi is an award-winning playwright and the recipient of the 2021 Oregon Literary Arts Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship for Drama. Her work has been produced and developed at Theatre Vertigo, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Something Marvelous, Victory Gardens, Portland Center Stage, Chicago Dramatists, The Blank Theatre, Spooky Action Theater, Shaking the Tree Theatre, and PlayMakers Repertory Company among others. Her play, THE DELAYS, received the 2019 Drammy Award for Outstanding Original Script and was named an Oregon Book Awards finalist, and her play, THE STORYTELLER, won the inaugural Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition and was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Sara Jean holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild and LineStorm Playwrights.

Plays

  • THE STORYTELLER
    "I have done nothing but in care of thee,
    Of thee, my dear one—thee my daughter," - William Shakespeare, The Tempest

    [full length] Winner of the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition and a finalist for the 2019 O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference. Randi has lived off the grid with her father for as long as she can remember. She knows better...
    "I have done nothing but in care of thee,
    Of thee, my dear one—thee my daughter," - William Shakespeare, The Tempest

    [full length] Winner of the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition and a finalist for the 2019 O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference. Randi has lived off the grid with her father for as long as she can remember. She knows better than to question things—at least, until now. THE STORYTELLER is a riff on THE TEMPEST that explores the magic and power of the narratives we create.
  • THE DELAYS
    [full length] In an airport, where everyone's busy going somewhere, THE DELAYS focuses on a group going nowhere. A play about the small moments that connect us. Winner of the 2019 Drammy Award for Outstanding Original Script.

    “It’s a moving, well-crafted play that shows how easy it is to get trapped… I enjoyed THE DELAYS immensely. Accuardi’s writing is sharp, and I love her decision to...
    [full length] In an airport, where everyone's busy going somewhere, THE DELAYS focuses on a group going nowhere. A play about the small moments that connect us. Winner of the 2019 Drammy Award for Outstanding Original Script.

    “It’s a moving, well-crafted play that shows how easy it is to get trapped… I enjoyed THE DELAYS immensely. Accuardi’s writing is sharp, and I love her decision to reveal the characters’ lives in reverse. Somehow, knowing the end makes the journey even more poignant.” – Krista Garver, Broadway World

    “Accuardi's play is both new and a masterpiece... It takes regret and satisfaction, pain and joy, and fuses them together to create a tapestry of spectacularly honest stories and characterizations." - Bennett Campbell Ferguson, Willamette Week
  • < 3
    [full length] 14-year-old Ellie is a good kid. It’s the worst. 25-year-old David is grown-up. It’s the worst. Is it more dangerous to grow up too fast or too slowly?
  • BREAK
    [full length] In the wake of tragedy and budget cuts, four teachers try to make it through a Monday.
  • PORTRAIT OF THE WIDOW KINSKI
    [full length] A promising artist falls into obscurity. Decades later, his widow works tirelessly to find an audience for his neglected work. But the opportunity to finally secure her husband’s legacy forces her to take a hard look at the past and what was left behind.
  • LOVE SCENES
    [full length] 6 couples. 6 scenes. 1 apartment building. 24 hours. Ah, love.
  • THE IMPORTANCE
    [full length] TYA. As a group of high schoolers rehearses for a production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, they come to realize what’s really important.

    “One must be serious about something if one wants to have any amusement in life.” - Oscar Wilde, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
  • FEZZIWIG'S FORTUNE
    This play, co-written by Josie Seid and Sara Jean Accuardi, lifts Mr. Fezziwig from the pages of A Christmas Carol to tell a story all his own. Set after the jubilant Christmas ball where we meet young Scrooge’s benevolent employer in Dickens's tale, this story looks past Fezziwig’s merry smile to find a man who may be in need of a Christmas miracle all of his own. Fezziwig’s Fortune is an origin story...
    This play, co-written by Josie Seid and Sara Jean Accuardi, lifts Mr. Fezziwig from the pages of A Christmas Carol to tell a story all his own. Set after the jubilant Christmas ball where we meet young Scrooge’s benevolent employer in Dickens's tale, this story looks past Fezziwig’s merry smile to find a man who may be in need of a Christmas miracle all of his own. Fezziwig’s Fortune is an origin story about family, forgiveness, and the importance of what ties us together.
  • Joy Frickin' Hates Her Dumb Stupid Room
    [10-minute play] 13-year-old Joy is really over being in quarantine. Her hamster, the reincarnation of Hieronymus Bosch -- you know, that 15th-century painter who created those totally bonkers hellscapes-- is really over being a hamster. Will they find connection in isolation?

    Commissioned by Portland Center Stage at the Armory for PlayatHome.org
  • Commencement
    [10-minute play] Two mothers, whose children are in the midst of a bitter divorce, attend their granddaughter's 5th grade promotion ceremony.
  • A Science Thing
    [10-minute play] A couple meet in the Theory Eatery at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland, OR.
  • That Water Moment
    A 10-minute play about parenting and struggling with the unknown.

    "Most touching was Sara Jean Accuardi’s “That Water Moment,” which hinged on the balance of frustration and faith in the lives of young parents (played by Kerry Ryan and Isaac Lamb) struggling with the care of a developmentally disabled child." - Marty Hughley, The Oregonian
  • Off Duty
    A 10-minute play about two low-ranking police officers on their lunch break trying to make sense of the world and proceed as normal in the chaos of a catastrophic event.
  • Cold Call
    [10-minute play] The arts don’t sell themselves; somebody’s got to do it. A 10-minute play about the intersection of humanity and ticket sales.
  • Rough Edge
    [10-minute play] It's 1994, and two Cool Temptations employees at Clackamas Town Center discuss the fate of Portland's most infamous Olympian. 
  • Ever-Fixed
    A 10-minute play based on Shakespeare's sonnet 116.