Allisyn Davis, an American reporter for The New York Times, heads to Pakistan to cover the honor killing of a young woman. Denied entrance, but armed with the most current technology, she conducts her investigation remotely from Dubai. Through a series of cultural collisions, candid interviews, and dangerous encounters she learns the horrifying details of this murder. These circumstances cause Allisyn to re-examine troubling details of her own past. One culture mirrors the other, asking questions about forgiveness, self-worth, and justice.
The Id Theaters Playwriting Conference, 2017
PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, 2017
Stage Left Theatre’s Playwriting Residency, Stage Left Theatre, 2017
The Woodward International Playwriting Prize, University of New Hampshire, 2017
Playwright of the Year Award, The Bridge Initiative Playwriting Contest, 2017
Ashland New Plays Festival, 2017
The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2017
Premiere Stages Play Festival, Kean University, 2017
Eugene O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 2016
Sarah's first play, HONOR KILLING, received its World Premiere this Spring at Florida Studio Theater (FST), and will head to Denver for its Colorado premiere at The Athena Project this September! It was one of three plays featured in the New Works Reading Series at the Athena Project in Denver, CO (April, 2017), the New Play Festival at FST (Florida Studio Theatre) in May, 2017, and the PROJECT W Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City (InProximity Theater) in June 2017. HONOR KILLING was the 2nd Runner up for The Woodward International Playwriting Prize at the University of New Hampshire, received Honorable Mention for the Bridge Initiative Playwriting Contest: Playwright of the Year Award, a Finalist for the 2017 Ashland New Play Festival, a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2017), a Semi- Finalist for the Premier Stages 2017 Play Festival, a Semi-Finalist for the Id Theaters 2017 Playwriting Conference, 1 of 29 in final consideration for the PlayPenn New Play Development Conference (2017), a Semi-Finalist for 2016 Eugene O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference, and a Semi-Finalist for Stage Left Theatre’s Playwriting Residency (Chicago, 2017). HONOR KILLING was part of the PLAY-BY-PLAY Series at Pioneer Theater (Salt Lake City, Utah), was granted a lab at Guild Hall as part of the John Drew Lab (in East Hampton, NY), short-listed at the GEVA Theatre’s New Works Series, and a 2nd round contender at London’s Theatre503. Sarah was honored to be commissioned by Center Stage (Baltimore) to participate in the "My America: She. Sarah is based out of NYC and currently working on her second play.
- Genre: adaptation, adventure, docudrama/historic, drama, mystery/thriller, political, translation
- Subject Matter Keywords: women, pakistan, Middle East, Asia, justice, forgiveness, misogyny, American, journalist
- Length: full-length
- Cast Size: 6–8
- Roles by Gender: 3 men, 3 women
- Roles by Race: 3 american indian/alaskan native, 3 middle eastern or arab american
- Age Level: 16 and up
If you would like to learn more about producing Honor Killing or additional projects by Sarah Bierstock, please contact Amy Wagner below.