The Cottage, (a Reva Shiner Comedy Award Finalist) was presented in the fall of 2017 by Manhattan Theatre Club with Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) directing, and is in development for an upcoming commercial production in New York. (“Laugh Out Loud!” – The NY Times). The Cottage has enjoyed critically acclaimed productions all over the United States and is currently in development for a commercial production in New York. REVIEWS.
The Cottage is a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of sex, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous– potentially murderous– romantic comedy.
“The plays of Noel Coward are a fascinating case in point, and “The Cottage,” a comedy written by Sandy Rustin — is both a send-up and update of the Coward oeuvre. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in a comedy is the answer to the question: “Is it funny?” I’m happy to say the depiction of English upper crust in “The Cottage,” gets funnier and funnier as you go, full of bravura performances and worthy of multiple bravos and bravas.” – The Huffington Post
Rated P … For Parenthood (book & lyrics) opened to critical acclaim Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre and was optioned for television development with ABC Studios, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. The musical is currently available for licensing with Miracle or Two Productions and the Cast Album is now FOR SALE!
Rated P for Parenthood chronicles every stage of modern-day parenting, from conception to college, with a giant dose of heart and humor. A versatile cast of four takes the audience through the ups and downs of child-rearing from the sublime to the ridiculous, in a series of comic and musical vignettes in under 90 minutes.
“Rated P [is a] small-scale, audience-friendly, ninety-minute Off Broadway revue formulated with an eye to sit-down engagements across the land — One can imagine regional theaters full of audiences screaming with laughter.” –VARIETY
Vera Resnick was struck by a bicycle in the East Village. Now she feels a strange and out-of-character connection to the college-aged biker who hit her. Was the collision just coincidence, or did larger forces bring them together? Vera, her husband, and their hippy-chic Texan neighbor, seek truth in the face of deception in this surprising and soulful serio-comedy that explores fate, family and identity.
HOUSTON, a play with music and dance, is the recipient of B-Side Productions’ New American Musical Award. The piece will receive a New York City workshop in September 2016.
HOUSTON chronicles two families dealing with leukemia: a Jewish family from Chicago and a Muslim family from Jordan. As the two fathers are isolated in a hospital bubble, waiting for a life-saving bone marrow transplant, MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX, becomes the backdrop for an unusual, and often funny, love story between their children, and an uncommon, but beautiful friendship between their wives, who are able to find true connection, and kindred spirits in one another.
ELIJAH, a play with Jews, Blacks, Gays, Muslims, Women, Republicans, Magic, and Facts, is Sandy’s newest play. Selected as part of Midtown Direct Rep’s 2017 “Theatre in the Parlor” Reading Series, Elijah had it’s first public reading in the fall of 2017.
Elijah the Prophet steps in to ward off the plagues when faith, family, science and mysticism collide at one Midwestern family’s Passover Seder.