Sarah Sydney, 17, has dreams of becoming a star. The problem is, she can never seem to get a break. Not only does she get turned down for the national "Make Me a Star" competition, but she even loses the role of Dorothy in her school's production of "The Wizard of Oz" to her long-time rival, Mary Beth. Sarah's hopes and frustrations play out in a series of funny and vivid fantasies as she confides in Company, an alter ego only she and the audience can see. Then comes the chance of a lifetime: Sarah's drama class is asked to back up Lance and Tasha, two teenaged singing sensations, in a live performance. Unfortunately, a nasty article planted in the school newspaper gets Sarah in trouble with her drama teacher, who will only allow Sarah to work on the crew. As the big show is only moments away from airing, Sarah imagines herself taking over the lead. And then in a bizarre turn of events in which life imitates imagination, Sarah suddenly has the chance to take Hollywood by storm!
PLAYWRIGHT MICHAEL DRUCE TALKS ABOUT
"SARAH SYDNEY TAKES HOLLYWOOD BY STORM"
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A.: I enjoy plays in which time is temporarily suspended and the characters become absorbed in fantasies that allow them to see different possibilities for themselves. Sarah's imagination and the other characters in her fantasies are able to punch through the fourth wall. A little of the inspiration for this may be found in Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam." Whereas Woody's alter-ego was Humphrey Bogart, Sarah's alter-ego is Company.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A.: One of my favorite parts is the conversation between Sarah and Jamie after Sarah learns she has been cast as the Mayor of Munchkinland in "The Wizard of Oz." Even though Sarah knows "there are no small roles," her reaction is funny because it is so honest.
Q.: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
A.: The characters are not based on specific individuals, however, they seem familiar because they are composites of characters we've met in plays and movies or perhaps one or two in real life. At one point or another haven't we all met a drama teacher like Miss Fontaine, known a conniving Mary Beth, or seen a stuck-up star like Lance?
Q. WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: Who hasn't felt the sting of rejection or the disappointment of getting close but not close enough? I wanted to take the adage "If at first you don't succeed." and explore what happens when talent and ambition sometimes aren't enough and the role that luck can often play in our lives. Despite all the adversity she faces, Sarah proves you can never give up. I like that message.