2015-16 Writers Theatre NJ Women Playwright
Trish is living as a caretaker in her brother’s house while teaching at a local nursery school. When some work needs to be done on the house, she hires Oren, an itinerant handyman who turns out to have come to earth on a mission of healing. Trish tries to get the headmistress, Anat, an ex-patriot Israeli, to hire Oren to do the necessary and dire repairs the school needs to pass a state inspection. Anat reluctantly agrees, but her stubbornness pushes Oren to extreme measures that threaten his relationship with Trish. The Messenger is a triangle play that looks at issues of global and minuscule proportion: how does one live one’s life in the presence of loss, helplessness and impotence?
PHOEBE FARBER’s plays have been seen around New York and New Jersey. Her play Scrimmage was seen at The Players Theatre (best play, NYC), The Short Play Lab (best play, NYC) and Strangedog short play festival (NJ). Home Care was seen in the Strawberry One-Act Festival (Finalist, NYC), The Aery Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival (NY),Variations Theatre Group (NYC) and at Lab at Luna through Luna Stage (NJ). Jump It was a finalist at The Depot Theater 20/20 festival in Garrison, New York, and appeared at The Everyday Inferno Theater Festival (NYC) and at Lab at Luna (NJ). Class Reunion was seen at The Cell Theater (NYC) and Strangedog short play festival (NJ).
Readings have included Jump It and Nina at Fresh Produced Reading Series (NYC) and Dancing in Captivity at Horsetrade Theatre Group (NYC). Her plays have been published in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books and The Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival.
Phoebe lives in Montclair, New Jersey, has a private psychotherapy practice and is a professor at Montclair State University.