Plays written by Sarah Hammond
THE EXTINCTION OF FELIX GARDEN
HOUSE ON STILTS
Kudzu- (4M 1W; 1 intermission) In suburban South Carolina, an ornery Confederate Reenactor tries – and fails – to reconnect with his nephew on the battlefield.
Green Girl- (2M 4W; 1 intermission) A love story between a teen goth backwoods healer and a country club caddy in the Congaree Swamp where the woods are full of ghosts. With flashbacks to the Civil War and dream sequences in Afghanistan.
The Extinction of Felix Garden- (3M 2W) After setting fire to an entire forest, an ex-forest ranger is required by law to move to Brooklyn. But even in the city she can’t escape wilderness. There’s a gargoyle catching prayers on the roof and her downstairs neighbor is raising a tiger in his bedroom. Brooke and Felix fall for each other. Felix’s tiger eats Brooke’s cat. A love story bent on destruction.
Circus Tracks- A circus orphan stranded in suburbia must journey through miles of freak-studded desert to find her way back to her mother under the saddest bigtop on the planet. An ensemble fairy tale for adults.
House on Stilts- (2M 2W; 1 intermission) Haunted by a tragic Fourth of July accident, Rutherford Stub lives alone in a borrowed house on the edge of Crooktail Island, waiting for the woman across the water to wake up—until an old friend and her teenage daughter arrive, wrecking his years of quiet solitude. When it’s time to let go of the past, can he? A funny and heartbreaking tale of unexpected friendship set in the South Carolina lowcountry.
String- (4M 6F flex; one intermission) A workaholic Greek goddess gets tangled up with a security guard in the basement of the tallest building in the world. One mistake leads to another (a lost pair of scissors, a kiss, a stolen string) and soon the oldest Fate is breaking her own rules to offer forever to an ordinary man. Can the fabric of the universe stand a flaw? An original musical about the three Fates in the modern city.
Barefoot Persephone- (3M 4F) So you go and marry the King of the Dead and then your mother threatens to destroy the whole earth because she misses you. Growing up is tough, huh? A soul-searching update of the Greek myth about Persephone, queen of the underworld, and her mother, goddess of the harvest with a quirky score, as funny as it is haunting.
Hum of the Arctic
Cancer Walking Through These Woods
Who Put the Dead Bird in My Mailbox?
Cloud & Goat
Jack + Jill
People Are Dancing
Yellow Egg/Blue Egg
Sarah Hammond is a Brooklyn-based playwright, bookwriter, and lyricist, originally from South Carolina, with stints in Hong Kong and Belgium under age 10. She’s an alum of New Dramatists, where she was a resident playwright for seven years, and a brand new member of Ars Nova’s Uncharted, where she will develop a new musical with Will Aronson. Honors include the Lippmann Family “New Frontier” Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award, commissions from South Coast Repertory and Broadway Across America, and a residency at The Royal National Theatre in London. Her plays have been produced at the Summer Play Festival at The Public, Trustus Theatre, Hangar Lab, City Theatre Summer Shorts, Live Girls! Theater, Collaboraction, Tulsa New Works for Women, and several universities. Her short plays are published in Ten-Minute Plays for 2 Actors: The Best of 2004 (Smith and Kraus) and Great Short Plays: Volume 6 (Playscripts, Inc.). Her musicals are Barefoot Persephone (with Cheeyoung Kim) and String (with Adam Gwon). String has been presented at the O’Neill Music Theatre Conference, NAMT ’14, and the inaugural Oscar Hammerstein Festival at the Bucks County Playhouse, and it has won the Frederick Loewe Award at New Dramatists, a NAMT residency grant, and the Weston Playhouse New Musicals Award. Sarah has an MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in musical theatre writing from NYU.