One Act Festival 2015 – Meet Playwright Sarah Willis

We are less than one week away from the 5th Annual One Act Festival @ Rosedale Community Players and the cast and crew has been given the weekend off to celebrate Labor Day after a productive “Hell Week”.

We have a great variety of pieces this year including one that is sure to tug at your heart strings: The Armadillo in the Room, which is written by Sarah Willis.  Sarah comes to us with many years of experience in theatre as well as having two other one acts previously produced elsewhere:

When the Curtain Falls – The plagues of life follow both the children and adults at the North Star Children’s Theatre, but there they discover that the love of a family can heal, and a family isn’t always what they expect.

Hammie: Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Twenty Five Hilarious Minutes – Prince Hammie returns to Elsinore Castle from Michigan State University to find that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” His father’s ghost implores him to avenge his murder… madness ensues. Lia wants to date Hammie, but does he want to date her? Laertes dispenses brotherly advice and plots with King Claudius. Fortinbras invades… sort of. Queen Gertude knits her troubles away. Yorick returns from the dead. Horatio observes.


Sarah Willis


1)  What is your day job?

Artistic Director of All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre AND (because you can’t just have one job if you’re in the arts, right?) Bartender at Beggar’s Banquet.

2)  Why did you start writing plays?

Because playwriting combined my love of theatre with my love of writing; a natural marriage.

3)  Why did you write this play in particular?

I took the CTAM Master Class last summer at Higgins Lake, and one of our exercises was literally pulling buzzwords out of a jar. My word was… you guessed it!: “Armadillo”. Thus, The Armadillo in the Room. And yes, the title did come first.

4)  What are you most looking forward to with this show?

Someone else directing my work! I’ve directed my own pieces before, but I’m looking forward to seeing what someone else sees in the piece, rather than just what I see as the playwright.

5)  What’s next for you in terms of playwriting?

A staged reading of my full-length show The Making Of at Riverwalk Theatre in Lansing on November 5th! Hopefully, eventually, graduate school, a show on Broadway, a Tony Award for Best Play (amongst other awards, of course), and my own theatre. Not necessarily in that order.



Remember, there will be performances at 8 pm on Thursday, September 10th, Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th as well as a matinee on Saturday, September 12th @ 2 pm.  RCP features cabaret-style assigned seating so reserve your seats today for the low cost of $10 each!