Sarah GubbinsJerome Fellowships 2011
Sarah Gubbins is a Chicago playwright. Her plays include Fair Use, In Loco Parentis, The Water Play, and The Kid Thing. Her plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre, Actor’s Express, and Next Theater. Her plays have been developed at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, the Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Next Theatre Company, among others. She was a finalist for the Heideman Award, the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award, and a semi-finalist for the 2011 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Sarah is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre and the 2010-11 Carl J. Djerassi Playwriting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a M.F.A. in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University.
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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 ThingDescription
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 ParentisDescription
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 lifeDescription
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 PlayDescription
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.