i didn't think you'd be so unhappy
In i didn’t think you’d be so unhappy, Rebecca and Jules are bat mitzvah party motivators. Rebecca and Jules are best friends. Rebecca and Jules are growing up and it’s hard.
Shara Feit is a playwright-performer-dramaturg from New York who makes sad/funny plays about messy, virtuosic, queer women+. Her work has been developed by Pipeline Theatre Company, Geva Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Professional Training Program, G45 Productions, Rule of 7×7 at The Tank, Barn Arts, The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2019 Romulus Linney Scholar), and The 24 Hour Plays, among others. Shara’s play little lives was a finalist for the 2019 National Playwrights Conference and she was selected for a 2020 Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award, recognizing outstanding Bronx-based artists. BA: Northwestern University, Agnes Nixon Award for Playwriting.
A BIT ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?
I started acting and writing poetry and fiction pretty young, but it didn’t click that I could actually write a play until I went to theatre camp and I saw ten-minute plays written and directed by fellow campers. Writing a play seemed like the coolest and most exciting thing. I wrote one and got to put it up at camp the next summer. It was so much fun. So, I kept writing.
2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?
i didn’t think you’d be so unhappy kind of came out of nowhere during a strange, difficult year. I think I was feeling derailed and subconsciously turning around lots of questions about success, being a professional artist, and growing up. That year, my friendships were also being tested in the ways that all relationships are when people begin navigating adult problems: distance, increasingly busy professional lives, breakups, losses. And I happened to have the idea that it might be cool to write a play about bat mitzvah party motivators.
My friend Michael Herwitz asked me if I had anything short for him to potentially direct for his Directing Internship at Williamstown last summer, I sent him a draft, we workshopped it, and he put it up, a gift for which I am so very grateful.
3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?
I care a whole lot.
4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?
Gender and sexuality studies, years upon years of Jewish education, community theatre, my teachers and collaborators.
5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?
I lived abroad when I was little.
6. What are some of your favorite plays?
Indecent, Dance Nation, Plano, The Wolves, Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play, Passion Play.
7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?
I’ve been working with the fabulous Pipeline Theatre Company on my play little lives. We had a workshop scheduled for June, now rescheduled due to COVID-19, and I can’t wait to be in a room with those folx when doing so is safe. Also, the amazing 24 Hour Plays have been releasing monologues near weekly on Instagram though all of this (@24hourplays), and I strongly recommend checking those out!