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Sarah, Plain And Tall

2003 Festival

Becca Ayers, Kenneth Boys, Eddie Korbich, Herndon Lackey, Jessica Molaskey, Kate Wetherhead, Debra Wiseman and John Lloyd Young

Contact for Rights

Mitch Douglas, ICM, 212-556-5738,; John Buzzetti, Gersh Agency, 212-634-8126,, Ken Arthur, TheatreworksUSA, 212-647-1100, ext 125,

Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Total Cast Size: 6
Orchestra Breakdown:

5-10 / fiddle, bass, guitar, banjo, keys, drum

Genre & Style:

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Living in 19th-century Kansas, widower Jacob places a personal ad in the newspaper which is answered by the strong-willed and unconventional Sarah, a fisherwoman from Maine, who travels to the prairie to see if marriage is a possibility. Based on the Newberry Award-winning novel by Patricia MacLachlan, Sarah, Plain and Tall is a touching portrait of how Sarah struggles to fill the role of wife and mother to Jacob and his two children. First commissioned and produced by TheatreWorksUSA in an abridged version at the Lucille Lortel Theater last summer, and developed in part through the AT&T: First Stage program, Sarah, Plain and Tall will be featured at the O’Neill Music Theatre Conference this summer.

Festival Successes

Off Broadway production at the Lucille Lortel (NY) and subsequent tour with TheatreworksUSA in 2004. Full production of the new two-act version at Dallas Theatre Center (TX) in 2009. New York Cast Recording on ShowBiz Records.