Koussevitzky Music Shed – Lenox, MA
America's Orchestra will honor America's greatest living musical theatre composer with an all-new tribute celebrating his remarkable body of work. The program will focus on his collaboration with writer/director James Lapine and will feature songs from Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, and Into the Woods. Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, along with fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, students of the renowned BSO training ground for emerging professional musicians, will join the orchestra to bring Sondheim's remarkable music to life.
Aug 4 – Aug 22, 2015
Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities tells the story of the fictional Wyeth family — a clan led at the top by a mother and father highly regarded in old Hollywood circles and admired by Republicans for their service to and friendship with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in their heyday. The play explores the dark family secrets that threaten to destroy external and internal perceptions about the life they lead. Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history — a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.
Montreal, QC, Canada
Nov 29 – Dec 20, 2015
“How can you feel a feeling unless you have the word for it?”
The only deaf member of an eccentric, intellectual family, Billy longs to be heard. When a romance with a woman who teaches him sign language opens him up to a new world of self-expression, Billy discovers that instead of trying to fit into his family's world, he can break out and find his own. Quick-witted, funny and moving Tribes is a powerful look at language, love, and what it truly means to be understood.
By Michael Hollinger
Creede Repertory Theatre
August 20 – September 20, 2014
*Reading at New Dramatists, New York, NY on February 26, 2015
Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Short North Stage
October 8 – 22, 2013
By Clifford Odets
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
New York, NY
February – March 2012
1st International Tour of North America and Japan
Mar 2011 – Aug 2014
National Theater of Great Britain Production
First presented in the United States at Lincoln Center Theater, 2011
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
Adapted by Nick Stafford in association with Handspring Puppet Company
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater
Nov 4, 2010 – Jan 2, 2011
Based on the film "Women on the Verge..."
by Pedro Almodóvar
The Oak Room, Algonquin Hotel
New York, NY
2010 – 2011
Produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company
Apr 22, 2010 – Jun 27, 2010
By Joan Didion
Aug – Sep 2009
Apr 3, 2008 – Aug 22, 2010
2008 Winner of 7 Tony Awards,
including Best Musical Revival
Apr 17, 2006 – Jun 25, 2006
2006 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Play
Self-Defense is about a single mother who reluctantly embraces her independence while teaching her teenage daughter how to do the same.
Self-Defense (2008) is a short narrative film made in partial-fulfillment of the graduate MFA program in film at Columbia University.
A young woman who lives alone with her father bargains her innocence to save his life.
Lucía is a short experimental narrative shot in Estremaúra, Western Spain.
A political refugee from Iraq transforms struggle
into hope through his art.
My Saraab is a short documentary about Iraqi sculptor Sabah Al-Dhaher who has been carving stone and living in Seattle since 1993.
A salesman approaches a mysterious landowner with an offer to buy the man's smoldering abandoned coalmines.
Sinkhole (2009) is a short horror film made in partial-fulfillment of the graduate MFA program in film at Columbia University.
Sarna Lapine specializes in developing and directing new work. Currently, she is directing an evening of Sondheim songs for the Boston Pops, Other Desert Cities for Theatre Aspen, and Tribes for the Segal Centre of Montreal. She also has three new musicals in development.
For two-and-a-half years she served as Associate Director of The National Theatre’s War Horse (North America & Japan Tour). Sarna also directed a national tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific and was resident director on the first national South Pacific tour.
On the concert front, Sarna has developed and directed projects for 92Y and the Bucks County Playhouse, and has co-conceived and directed critically acclaimed cabaret shows for Paolo Szot (Café Carlyle), and the actress Emily Bergl, including Till I Get it Right (54Below), NY I Love You (Café Carlyle), and Kidding on the Square (The Oak Room), as well as Tales From the Jazz Age: An F. Scott Fitzgerald Songbook (Café Carlyle).
Broadway Associate & Assistant Director credits: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sondheim on Sondheim, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza.
Select directing credits: Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger (Creede Repertory Theater), Sunday in the Park With George (Short North Stage), Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets, and The Year of Magical Thinking (Intiman Theatre).
Sarna has directed readings at New Dramatists, BMI, Ars Nova, New York Theater Workshop, The LARK, Stella Adler, The Araca Group, Boomerang Theatre, and Dixon Place, among others.
Sarna received her BA in the honors program at the University of Washington and her MFA at Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film. She teaches at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.