Sara Farrington

 Sara Farrington is a New York based playwright. She is a champion of the avant garde in New York, a theater evangelist, relentless DIY-er, passionate about big plays with big characters, twisting and reinventing narrative, innovating form, never doing the same thing twice. She and husband Reid Farrington are the co-founders of Foxy Films, their theater company. Foxy Films anatomizes American legends, blending new media, narrative and dance with contemporary playwriting.

 

Sara's work has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (Unique Theatrical Experience & Outstanding Projection Design). Her work has been funded by The Venturous Fund, The New York State Council for the Arts, The Axe-Houghton Foundation, MediaTHE and The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation.  She and her theater company Foxy Films have been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice and many more.

She received her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman. She studied theater and acting at Connecticut College and The National Theater Institute @ The Eugene O'Neill Center. She interned at The Wooster Group and was an acting company member at The Jean Cocteau Repertory from 2002 - 2005.

Sara is currently writing the screenplay for Venkatesh Maha's next film, Sumathi.  She also wrote for the upcoming Interconnected - The Series. 

Sara is a recent HARP Artist at HERE Arts Center to create CasablancaBox, an exploration of the making of America's favorite movie. CasablancaBox was directed by Reid Farrington and premiered at HERE April 2017 with 2 Drama Desk Award nominations.

Her most recent show was BrandoCapote, another collaboration with Reid & Foxy opened at The Tank in November 2019 with workshops at The Tank in Winter 2018, again at Art House in Jersey City, Feb/ March 2019. BrandoCapote is a dance theater piece diving into the male psyche through Brando's filmography and Capote's profile of the actor, The Duke in His Domain.

Sara & Reid are currently working on several projects including one including The Great Wantand a 10-part TV mini-series, Ridiculous.

 

She works with Gisela Cardenas' company InTandem Lab. For InTandem she is writing the libretto for The Carmen Variations, an opera composed by Paul Pinto, directed by Gisela Cardenas, premiering in as part of HARP @ HERE Arts Center, Winter 2021. She also wrote Red Queens, a play about Mary Stuart for the company, featuring Tina Mitchell and Shura Baryshnikov.

Sara was a AFO Solo Collective Artist for her play Honduras, about her work with Immigrant Families Together. Featured at The Int'l Human Rights Arts Festival (March 2019), So-Fi Festival (June 2019), Judson Mem'l Church (June 2019), The Tank (Sept & Oct 2019). The Michael Chekhov Theater Festival, Ridgefield CT (Oct 2019), Gnome Haus, Providence, RI (Feb 2020 - postponed due to covid-19). Most recently this piece was performed and filmed as part of the ONE Festival, NYC. 

Sara's book, The Lost Conversation, will be published in 2021 by 53rd State PressOriginally written as a long-form interview series for The Brooklyn Rail, Sara interviews legendary theater artists of the NYC avant garde specifically on how they survived in their early days in New York. For more on the book, click here!

Sara is also a dilettante graphic novelist, actively improving her long-rusted cartooning muscle and working on her first illustrated book. 

 

Other recent plays include:

Leisure, Labor, Lust, about 3 days in New York in 1907. This play premiered at The Tank, March 28th - April 22nd, 2018. Leisure, Labor, Lust is directed by me and has been developed and presented at: Art House Productions, Jersey City, NJ. The Mount, Edith Wharton's Estate, Lenox, MA, HERE Arts SubletSeries and JACK, Brooklyn, NY with financial support from The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. 

Cosmicomics, Commissioned by The Flea Theater and inspired by ideas from Italo Calvino's collection of the same name, this piece will premiere at The Flea as part of their 2020/2021 season. 

The Return, directed by Reid Farrington, celebrates the historic and scientifically groundbreaking restoration of Tullio Lombardo's Renaissance sculpture Adam, which fell to the floor of the Met in 2002. The piece ran July/Aug 2015.

Near Vicksburg, about love and war in a cave in Vicksburg premiered at Incubator Arts Project, with subsequent showings at Walkerspace, Foxy Films and The Wild Project. 

 

Requiem For Black Marie, about the Brecht Machine premiered at Incubator Arts Project, Foxy Films and Stella Adler Studios, directed by Paul Takacs.

 

Mickey & Sage, about 2 kids, played by adults, making sense of the universe, premiered at Incubator Arts Project with workshops and showings at Foxy Films, Great Plains Theater Conference, National Theater Institute @ O'Neill Center. The play had its regional premiere at the ShelterBelt Theater in Omaha, NE with other regional productions across the US. Mickey & Sage is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

Other work includes:

 

The Vultures (Weasel Festival)

That Stays There (Great Plains Theater Conference, Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Little Theater @ Dixon Place),

The Death of Evie Avery (FringeNYC),

The Rise & Fall of Miles & Milo (FringeNYC, winner: Outstanding Playwriting). 

 

She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with husband Reid Farrington and little sons Jack Reiss and Frederick Levi and their dog, Paige. Sara is a 9-5 working mom, a runner, yoga practitioner,  avid reader, lover of history, art, music, fiction, animation, classic Simpsons, resister of fascist American regimes, champion of #MeToo, toppler of sexual predators in the voice-over industry (read all about it!), Karen-shamer, original founder of Immigrant Families Together and a Howard Stern Show super fan. Hey now.

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