Sara Cooper

Plays written by Sara Cooper

מיתוסים / MITOS / KAMANALIS (Book & Lyrics)
BREAKFAST, A LIGHT LUNCH, AND DINNER (Libretto)
ELEVATOR HEART (Book & Lyrics)
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION!: THE MUSICAL (Book & Lyrics)
LOVING LEO (Book & Lyrics)
THE MEMORY SHOW (Book & Lyrics)
REFRIGERATOR MOTHER
THE TENTH FLOOR (Book)
THINGS I LEFT ON LONG ISLAND
WE LOVE YOU, JOHNNY HERO (Book & Lyrics)
WINDOWS (Libretto)

Synopses:

Elevator Heart – (Musical, 8W) An all-female ensemble musical. The open mic night to drop all mics.

Loving Leo – (Musical, 1M 1W) When childless middle-aged couple Lena and David take in Lena’s odd-duck step-father Leo after the death of her mother, the little cracks in their marriage become huge, gaping holes, forcing them to ask: who is family—and who isn’t?

The Memory Show – (Musical, 2W) A two-person comic tragedy about a woman who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her estranged daughter who moves back home to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn to take care of her.

Refrigerator Mother – (3M 1W) When their college-educated son returns home, a blue collar family in the ’90s must deal with the changing economy, the shifting needs of a developmentally disabled son, and the destruction of their very own American Dream.

Things I Left on Long Island – (1M 4W) When 28-year-old Marny finds a lump in her breast, she uses it as an excuse to pretend she isn’t flunking out of adulthood and moves home to Long Island to live with her mother. As she vies with her family for the audience’s attention, Marny must either succumb to the whims of a family in crisis or take back her play—and her life.

BIO:

Sara Cooper is a playwright and lyricist. Awards: New York State Council on the Arts Individual Theatre Artist Commission (2015); Jonathan Larson Grant, American Theatre Wing (2014); New York Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award in Playwriting (2014); Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Recipient (2014); National Endowment for the Arts for The Memory Show with Transport Group (2013); Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, Loving Leo (2012); Van Lier Fellowship (2011-2012); Queens Council on the Arts grant, Things I Left On Long Island (2012); American Opera Projects Fellowship (2011-2012). Recent Productions: ELEVATOR HEART, concerts at Dixon Place (March and October 2015); THE MEMORY SHOW, Off-West End in London, United Kingdom Premiere (New Bard Productions, 2016), Original Cast Recording, Yellow Sound Lab (2015), Off-Broadway with Transport Group at The Duke on 42nd Street (2013), Water Gate Media in Seoul, South Korea (2012-2013), Barrington Stage Company (2010), NAMT (2010); THINGS I LEFT ON LONG ISLAND, FringeNYC (2014), Time Out New York Critics’ Pick (2014), readings, Theater for the New City, Dixon Place (2013); LOVING LEO, Weston Playhouse (2013), demo by Sh-K-Boom Records (2013), readings, Contemporary Traditionalists, TriArts Sharon Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival (2010-2012); WINDOWS, American Opera Projects (2013); THE TENTH FLOOR (book only), New York Musical Theatre Festival (2010), Talkin’ Broadway Outstanding New Musical (2010); EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION, Theater for the New City (2007); WE LOVE YOU, JOHNNY HERO, New York International Fringe Festival (2006). Concerts and short plays, musicals, and operas around NYC. As an educator, Sara’s favorite teaching credits include Lincoln Center, Montclair State University, LeAP, Theater for the New City, CUNY City College, and NYU. MFA Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and BFA Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts. Dramatists Guild, ASCAP.

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