a solo musical dramedy
Sara Martinez is a precocious child actress determined to make her mark. She’s also struggling under the weight of a strong-willed father, unfriendly classmates, and two unruly characters who are manifestations of her psyche. Sara grows up navigating the triumphs and perils of the professional acting world while discovering boys, independent living and songwriting. All the while she is attempting to find her own voice as a performer and writer and bring together all those disorderly Voices of Her.
Voices of Her is an 80 minute, semi-autobiographical, one person play written and performed by actress, singer, songwriter Sara Carbone. In the play Sara brings to life over a dozen characters through speaking, singing, and dancing, almost entirely without instruments.
Says Sara: “I wanted to capture my experiences growing up as a child actress and into adulthood as an artist and how that journey was an incredible blend of joy and magic and disillusionment and self-doubt. In the play I explore what artists sometimes go through around their art and their sense of themselves, particularly around creating original work. And I threw in all sorts of singing, and even a little dancing to keep things interesting for me and, hopefully, the audience!”
Voices of Her is directed by Jed Aicher. Jed is an actor, singer, director, and teacher. He has taught acting everywhere from nursing homes to medium security prisons and is a founding member of Pancake Productions.
Sara loves the magical place where theater, music and writing converge. She’s indulged in sensational theater gazing, reveled in terrific live music, and lost herself in wonderful writing – both fantastical and mundane.
Sara has performed since childhood in community, regional and Broadway theater. She’s trained at HB Studios and Howard Meyer’s Acting Program. Sara has also soloed in multiple choirs, a cappella groups and live bands. Among other things, Sara got to sing her original tunes with her band at NYC’s CBGBs before it closed, watched a Broadway musical she was in get torpedoed by critics, sang a solo in Chartres Cathedral, and played Death at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in DC.
Though she’s written pop music, fantasy fiction, marketing copy, and short stories about octopuses for her four year old, Voices of Her is Sara’s first foray into playwriting.