AND SARAH LAUGHED: A Musical Comedy in One Act for A Solo Female Performer

by Gillette Elvgren
  • 60 Minutes
  • 1 F

Farce, Monologue, music lead sheets included, Comedy, Participatory


In And Sarah Laughed: A Musical Comedy in One Act for A Solo Female Performance, a single actress emceeing a wedding reception delivers a comic glimpse into the world of women as they navigate to find their own place in a man’s world.


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  • Review Script 11.97 Watermarked PDF Download
  • Hardcopy 15.97 Delivery 1- 3 Weeks
  • Multi-Copy PDF 55.00 Printable PDF for Cast/Crew
  • Sheet Music 150.00

Performance Fee $90.00 A Production License Fee Per Performance (mandatory for all performances)

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Play Details


Sarah, wife of Abraham,  as you’ve never imagined her: Feisty—Tender—Outrageous—

And Sarah Laughed: A Musical Comedy in One Act for A Solo Female Performance is a comic, musical  response to the Biblical passage in which Sarah is quoted: Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

A tour-de-force for one female actor, this musical is part comedy, part in-your-face slapstick.  And Sarah Laughed: A Musical Comedy in One Act for A Solo Female Performance is a matrimonial cabaret, a wedding spoof in which 1 actress reveals the many facets of Abraham’s Sarah — the comic and tender Sarah, the in-your-face, confrontational, challenging Sarah, more philosophical, and yet a little ditzy Sarah, searching for God, desiring a son.
The “role” of Abe is envisioned as an effigy ever-present in the background.

And Sarah Laughed is great for venues that allow audience participation or response. Wedding receptions, conferences, galas are opportunities for the actor to play off the mood of the audience, to tease, to cajole, to infuse the role with a bit of the standup comic.



From the Play

SARAH:  Laughter! You hear it? I love that sound.

(Sees wedding couple.)

Alright, alright, if you two would stop nuzzling each other long enough, I got something to say.  Good.  Start your wedding with laughter – it’s a good idea.  Let’s give ‘em a hand folks.  They made it this far, and that’s something.  Hey smile honey, and don’t be afraid of laughing.  Best time to start is right now, and it’s better for you than those blintzes you just finished.

Uh oh, you got a little down there, dearie.  Blue drip.   Here let me help.

(She goes to table, wets a napkin from a glass of water and scrubs the wedding dress, or she can say the following:  “You, that’s right, you, Mr. Groom.  Wet your napkin and help the little lady.  Oh, easy, don’t get fresh now.”)

You know we don’t have a single form for the word ‘blintzes’—that’s because nobody can eat just one.  But as for husbands, well, that’s different. We’re expected to spend our life with just one — that hairy creature who snores and steals the sheet,  and. . . that’s right, you’re lookin’ at him sweetheart.  So what do you do?  What can you do?  You laugh.

(Encourages audience to laugh. To Groom.)

Hey, this means you fella. No man is happier than his wife. So, keep her laughing.

(Going back to stage.)

O.K. so maybe you’re wondering why I’m talking like this? You know, whiny mixed with a pinch of nasal?   It’s the Jewish Princess in me wanting to get out—weddings do that to me.  Jewish Princess?– you know, that means you squeak when you walk and never get what you want when you want it, but never stop trying, and you dream about eating bagels, lox and gefilte fish in that order, without getting sticky fingers.  And, you just gotta use words like schnook, schmo, and schmuck.

I got your number, fella.  The program says the show is going to be about me, Abraham’s Sarah, and you’re wondering, ‘lady, why are you talking like that?–, Yiddish hadn’t even been invented yet’.


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