Sara Jean Accuardi

Sara Jean Accuardi

Sara Jean Accuardi’s plays have been produced, workshopped and read throughout the United States. Her plays include THE DELAYS (Theatre Vertigo, Portland, OR), < 3 (Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, McCall, ID), PORTRAIT OF THE WIDOW KINSKI (The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; JAW Playwrights Festival, Portland, OR), THE STORYTELLER (Something Marvelous Festival of Magical Realism, Chicago, IL), among...
Sara Jean Accuardi’s plays have been produced, workshopped and read throughout the United States. Her plays include THE DELAYS (Theatre Vertigo, Portland, OR), < 3 (Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, McCall, ID), PORTRAIT OF THE WIDOW KINSKI (The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; JAW Playwrights Festival, Portland, OR), THE STORYTELLER (Something Marvelous Festival of Magical Realism, Chicago, IL), among others. Her short plays OFF DUTY and THAT WATER MOMENT where both recipients of the Smith and Kraus Spotlight Award for the best 10-minutes plays, 2019. Sara Jean is a member of the Dramatist Guild and LineStorm Playwrights. She holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.

Plays

  • The Delays
    [full length] In an airport, where everyone is busy going somewhere, The Delays focuses on a group going nowhere. Taking place around the new year, and traveling back ten years, and then another ten years, the past lives of these characters slowly reveal themselves, while asking bigger questions.

    “Accuardi's play is both new and a masterpiece... It takes regret and satisfaction, pain and joy...
    [full length] In an airport, where everyone is busy going somewhere, The Delays focuses on a group going nowhere. Taking place around the new year, and traveling back ten years, and then another ten years, the past lives of these characters slowly reveal themselves, while asking bigger questions.

    “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

    “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
  • 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] 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 recently. Now she wants to know everything. She wants to know her story. But who’s going to tell it?
  • BREAK
    [full length] In the wake of tragedy and budget cuts, four teachers try to make it through a Monday.
  • < 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. Tracy Maccarini's got it figured out, though. She's neither. Or both. Is it more dangerous to grow up too fast or too slowly?
  • Portrait of the Widow Kinski
    [full length] A promising artist falls into obscurity. Decades later, his widow, once a promising artist herself, works tirelessly to find an audience for his neglected work. A chance encounter yields the possibility of a gallery show and a critical reexamination, but the opportunity to finally secure her husband's legacy forces her to take a hard look at the past.
  • Love Scenes
    [full length] 6 couples. 6 scenes. 1 apartment building. 24 hours. Ah, love.
  • Commencement
    Two mothers, whose children are in the midst of a bitter divorce, attend their granddaughter's 5th grade promotion ceremony.
  • A Science Thing
    A 10-minute play about the lasting marks our parents leave.
  • 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.