Phoebe Farber

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.

Publications

Phoebe’s plays have been published in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books and The Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival.

Project Description

The Messenger is a play about an angel who comes to earth on a mission of healing.  He meets Trish, a woman in her forties who lives as a caretaker in her brother’s house and teaches circle time at The Family Tree Nursery School.  She never married, and engages in random sexual encounters with men she meets at a local dive bar.  She is lonely, frustrated and desperate.  Oren, the angel, arrives in the guise of an itinerant handy man to fix the gutters on Trish’s house.  She is entranced, and demonstrating her typical lack of judgment, invites Oren to stay with her.  Soon, Oren meets Anat, an Israeli woman in her 50s  who is the director of The Family Tree Nursery School.  She left her beloved country after a tragedy occurred in her kibbutz.  She is broken-hearted, cynical and has largely given up on life.  She leads the nursery school with an iron hand–most of the children and parents are afraid of her.  But she is a savvy business woman, and the school has survived.  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?