Selected Plays

 

Scarlet Letter
Full Length 8F, 4M
Produced by UT Austin in 2012

A new play based on a classic story. Hester Prynne has been sentenced to wear a scarlet letter. Her young daughter Pearl asks questions Hester can’t easily answer. And then a familiar stranger comes to town… This adaptation offers fresh interpretations, an expanded cast of characters, and new insights.

For images and a look at Yao Chen’s amazing costume designs, visit her website: http://www.yao-chen.com/#!scarlet-letter/c1w4f

Behind the Scenes Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UikMJF0SHNw

SHE CREATURES/ OF MYTH AND MUD
Full Length Flexible Cast: Min 4F, 1M Max: 12F, 3M

She Creatures tells the tale of mermaids, unicorns, and dragons. Creatures of myth and legend fill the room and guide Pandora on her journey of self discovery. An “Everyman” story for every woman.

History:
Production under new title – Of Myth and Mud, Weber State University, Ogden UT, Fall 2013
Production, Barnyard Theatre,  Davis CA, Summer 2013
Production, Nouveau 47, Dallas TX 2013
Staged Reading of Bianca, the Unicorn, Barnyard Theatre, Davis CA 2012 Performance of Full Collection, Cohen New Works Festival, UT Austin, Austin TX 2011
Reading of Full Collection, Moving Arts, Los Angeles CA 2010
Reading of Full Collection, Selected for Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez AK 2010
Performed Selection, Best of Week Selection Frontera Fest, Hyde Park Theater, Austin TX 2009 !
Cecilia, Nominated Best New Play Austin Critics Table 2008 Out of Ink Festival, Austin ScriptWorks, Blue Theater, Austin TX 2008

© 2013 Sarah Saltwick

RABBITS
Full Length 2F, 1M

 

After the collapse of the civilized world, people are struggling to survive. Technology has failed. Food is scarce. Rabbits have grown huge in size and frightening in strength.  Cass has fled a compound to hunt for a better life. Her journey leads her to the isolated home of Jackson and his daughter Dove. After these three days, nothing is the same.



Reading, WildClaw Horror Theater, Chicago IL 2013

Development, WordBRIDGE Playwright Laboratory, Baltimore MD 2011
Finalist, Bay Area Playwright Festival 2012

​WE ARE STARSTUFF
Full Length, 2F, 2M

We Are StarStuff explores time and distance, light as a tool of observation and revelation, and humanity’s changing understanding of the beginnings (and endings) of the cosmos, and the elements that make it truly our home. 

Production, Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op UT Austin, 2013

A PERFECT ROBOT
Full Length, 3F, 4M

Believe Alan Turing — that girl is really a robot. It’s just that Mollybot’s face is uncannily human. She hasn’t been so perfect since her creator went missing and there’s only one chance left to convince the investors of her worth. One far away woman holds the key to unlocking it all.



Development and Reading, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival WA, 2013

Reading, UTNT Festival at UT Austin, 2013
Reading, paper chairs theater company, Austin 2012

GROUND
Ten Minutes, 1F 1M

Somewhere in East Texas, Shelby and Martin search for the perfect resting place.

Performance, Theater Masters 2011 National MFA Playwright's Festival, Aspen CO & New York, NY 2011 
Finalist for Heideman Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2011

WHEN THE HORSE RUNS OFF (libretto)
Composed by Randy Maguire

This chamber opera is based on the Buddhist fable of a boy's wish to see the world outside his small village. By leaving all he knows to be true, he sets in motion a chain of events that leads to the unexpected, in ways both good and bad.  It is small in scale, but by using just a handful of musicians and singers, playing multiple roles, it will create a surprising opera experience.

Performance, Cohen New Works Festival, UT Austin, Austin TX 2011