Abigail Scott Duniway, an Oregon pioneer wife and mother, is thrown into an epic journey of making a living in a man’s world when a near-fatal accident incapacitates her husband. Through the harshness of facing public life as a woman and observing the dangerous injustices suffered by the other pioneer wives in her community, she is thrown headlong into the movement for women’s suffrage. But as the hardest working suffragette in Oregon, she is ultimately forced to go rogue on her own cause when the Women’s Christian Temperance Union threatens to use Suffrage to vote in Prohibition.
This project is currently in development.
Afterglow (A Comedie of Bad Manners)
It’s 1785, and in the drawing room of an enchanting London flat, a voluptuous little courtesan has fallen tragically in love with the inexplicable subject of the affections of all of London. Will this reckless strumpet keep her lover, or will he get away with planning sick assignations with his very own wife? In this new comedy, guns are served up on silver platters, acquaintances hide their knickers in the umbrella stand, and all are impetuously hell bent on finding love (and cookies) at any cost.
Developed @ New York Theatre Workshop w/ Aviles Street Productions 2008
Finalist for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference 2007
Other Public New York Readings:
Homebase (An ACT Alumni Collective), The Production Company
*AFTERGLOW was produced as a web series pilot with ShortPants Pictures LLC, San Francisco 2014
Paul is about to lose his job. But that’s not his only problem. With a wife gone nuts, cars floating down the street, and the temperature pushing 120 the week before Christmas, there’s more than enough to cope with on this “normal” Monday morning in New York City. So when the devil appears in the elevator sporting a boob job and claiming to be Paul’s new boss, Paul is faced with a choice. Will he run with the pack or stand up for what he believes in? In this new comedy, global warming is traced back to our foibled human choices as we discover that the only way to change the future is to change ourselves.
Developed w/ The Hive @ 29th Street Rep, New York
Rehearsal, Public Reading, Adjudicated Talkback 2010
Nancy Hayes Casting, San Francisco 2013
Her Majesty the King
In 1445, at a covetous English court, a precocious French girl is crowned the Queen of England only to find she has been given to a King “as mute as a crowned calf, early taught to weep.” How will Margaret survive with these foreigners bent on stirring up scandal, attacking her homeland, and smearing her good name? She’ll fight back, of course. --A darkly funny and ultimately tragic re-imagining of the Wars of the Roses from “The Brutal Queen’s” point of view.
World Premiere w/ Dramahaus New York @ HERE Arts Center, Soho 2006
Village Voice: “Playwright Sarah Overman has a hit with her thrilling new historical drama, a retelling of the Wars of the Roses.”
NYTheatre.com: “A ripping tale”, “HER MAJESTY THE KING heralds a talent to watch in playwright Overman.”
The second play in the Oregon Women trilogy. In development.
The third play in the Oregon Women trilogy. More information TBD.