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Sarah Gubbins

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Jerome Fellowships 2011 //  Affiliated Writer 2013   

Sarah Gubbins’ plays include Fair Use, In Loco Parentis, The Drinking Problem, The Kid Thing (Jeff Award and Edgarton Foundation New American Play Award), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, I am Bradley Manning and A Sense of Things.  Her plays have been produced at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Actor’s Express, Next Theater, About Face Theater and Chicago Dramatists among others.  Her plays have been developed at the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, and The Plawrights’ Center and the O’Neill Theatre Center among others. She’s a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre, the 2010-2011 Carl J. Djerassi Playwriting Fellow and a 2011-2012 Jerome Fellow. She holds a M.F.A. from Northwestern University. 

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Fair Use


A plagiarism suit involving a famous author sends an up-and-coming novelist scrambling into the arms of an intellectual property litigation team.  However, unbeknownst to their client, life begins to imitate art – or is it the other way around?—as a complicated love triangle forms among the defense team.  What’s grounds for fair use when trying to woo the woman of your dreams

The Kid Thing


Dinner parties can be dangerous.  When two lesbian couples get together one couple has a big surprise to share—they’re pregnant. This announcement has a lightning rod affect on both couples as they are forced to re-examine their individual relationships and what ‘the kid thing’ will mean to their lives.

In Loco Parentis


It’s the beginning of senior year for a tight-knit group of college students, with the looming specter of adulthood and all the responsibilities that go with it still a few months away.  But when a birthday party turns tragic all illusions of adolescent innocence are shattered leaving this group of friends to wrestle with the vexing question of how responsible one person can be for another’s actions.

fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life


Jo is just beginning her junior year at St. Paul the Unbearable. As an out student in a Catholic school, life could be easier, but the year seems to be off to a great start when the new English teacher assigns Carson McCullers’ famed novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.  Both the book and the teacher open up a new world to Jo.  When a horrific incident befalls Jo during the semester she is faced with a decision to either deny her true self or find the strength to tell her story.  Told through the panels of the graphic novel Jo pens, fml is a play about how a young writer can find inspiration and courage through literature.  

The Water Play


The discovery of prescription drugs in Chicago's drinking water sends a handful of public officials scrambling to stay ahead of the story and figure out who is ultimately responsible. A tour of the murky channels between ethics and practical reality, The Water Play explores the secret life of the most important substance on earth.

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