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Conceived,  Written, and Directed by Elizabeth Hess

Created and Performed by Elizabeth Hess, Chris Andrae, and Danielle Sacks

SCARBERIA consists of ten fables inspired by the real events of neighbors living on the same block in the 1950’s in a working class suburb in North America.


Scarberia is as much a state of mind, as it is a ‘Red State’. These visceral, and often violent, tales examine the human spirit and its insistence on twisting and turning and doing what it must to be liberated from, or remain locked within, the patriarchy.  


Societal norms inform and infect the behavior of various family members and friends as they go through strange, necessary and transformative journeys.  Neighbors are often unaware of the dark secrets and deviance that lurks behind closed doors, since they are focused on unlocking their own desires, or finding the key to their own psychic survival.


The inhabitants of Scarberia all struggle for recognition and relief and their lives have particular poignancy and resonance today, as desperation fuels the cry to return to the fantasy of the past and “Make America great again.”


“Finding darkness in another story is so much less

                              lonely than fearing the darkness is yours alone.”                            

                                                - Leslie Jamison

                                       (From ‘In The Shadow of a Fairy Tale:

                                        On Becoming a Stepmother, NY Times 4/9/17)





Chris Andrae is a Brooklyn-based, queer artist. He has assistantdirected a world premiere and U.S. tour for the Olivier-winning Fishamble Theatre Company. Chris previously interned for The Wooster Group and Big Dance Theater. She earned a BFA in Drama from NYU as the Alec Baldwin

Scholar and an MA in Creative Process from the National University of Ireland: Uversity as a Creative Impact Scholar. They recently assistant

directed A Star Has Burnt My Eye for BAM’s Next Wave Festival. He volunteers as an advocate for sexual assault survivors at Beth Israel and studies vogue recreationally. For more information or co-rumination, email



Danielle Sacks is honored to be working alongside such fierce creators. Her recent credits include, Fata Morgana (Boise Contemporary Theater), Steel Magnolias (Totem Pole Playhouse), Worth of Women (Carnegie Hall), Bardy Bunch (Theatre at St. Clements and 54 Below), Murray and Curry (Depot Theater), Letters to Sala (The Barrow Group), Pre-Fabricated Homes (Actors Studio). She is a member of Id Theater and she graduated from NYU Tisch, Playwrights Horizons Theater School. 

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