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 and always working in collaboration with every artist in the room. She and husband Reid Farrington are the co-founders of Foxy Films, a theater company that collaborates with choreographers, actors and designers. Foxy Films anatomizes cultural icons, 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 New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Venturous Fund, The New York State Council for the Arts, The Axe-Houghton Foundation, MediaTHE, The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation and others. She and Foxy Films have been critically acclaimed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Vice, American Theatre Magazine 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's book, The Lost Conversation: Interviews With an Enduring Avant-Garde, (out now!) published by 53rd State Press. Originally 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, Reid and Foxy Films are recipients of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant for the film version of their piece Mendacity, about Lindsey Graham, Tr*mp, Jared & America & the madness of 2020 crammed into a Tennessee Williams universe. This film premiered at NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival, Feb 17th, 2023 and you can rent it now at Vimeo!
Sara and Reid & Foxy Films were part of the Spring 2023 season at The Mercury Store, Brooklyn NY for Dora Maar, a sprawling work about the surrealist photographer and artist Dora Maar. This piece will premiere at The Brick Theater's Brick Aux Gallery & Performance Space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn in November 2024.
Sara's new play, A Trojan Woman, her interpretation of Euripides' The Trojan Women, will open regionally at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ in March 2024. A Trojan Women is directed by Meghan Finn and performed by Drita Kabashi. The play was originally commissioned and presented by The Interbalkan Theater Festival of Ancient Drama in Athens, Greece in Summer 2023.
Sara recently adapted Lucky Breaks, by Yevgenia Belarusets with director Jaclyn Biskup and The Mill as part of Now-In-Process @ The New Ohio Theatre, NYC. The piece, called for now Untitled Ukraine Project, was presented in workshop on Feb 1 & 2, 2023 at The New Ohio, and will continue developing throughout the year.
Sara is also (finally) working on her first novel with coach and editor, Nancy Rawlinson.
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.
Other work includes BrandoCapote, another collaboration with Reid & Foxy which 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 was a AFO Solo Collective Artist for her play Honduras, about her work with Immigrant Families Together. Tours/performances include: Phoenix Theater Ensemble @ The Paradise Factory, NYC , The Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY, The ONE Festival, NYC, The Int'l Human Rights Arts Festival, So-Fi Festival, Judson Mem'l Church, The Tank, The Michael Chekhov Theater Festival, Ridgefield CT, Gnome Haus, Providence, RI.
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 but never opened first because of Covid, then because of the labor abuses at The Flea.
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!), original founder of Immigrant Families Together
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