Sara Felder

Photo: Elaine Liebenbaum
Photo: Elaine Liebenbaum


Written & Performed by Sara Felder
Directed by Michael Moran

Work-In-Progress Previews: May 9 — June 6
Runs: June 7 – June 28

San Francisco
Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 7pm


What happens when the woman you just fell in love with leads you to the edge?  What happens when the soon-to-be President of the United States is so mired in melancholy that he can’t get out of bed?  Clearly, this is terrain that can only be navigated by a clown.  Circus artist and solo theater veteran Sara Felder leads us from the Civil War to a Lincoln look-alike convention to the top of UC Berkeley’s Campanile in her new comedy about love, war and coloring outside the lines.

Sara Felder is “wry, funny, smart and lovable,” (Washington Post,) a “local performance treasure” (S. F. Chronicle,) and someone who has “chutzpah up the wazoo.” (S.F. Weekly)

Special Events

Sunday, May 17:  “Spirituality and Mental Health” with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
Sunday, May 24:  “The way we do the things we do” with Sara Felder and director Michael Moran
Sunday, May 31 at 4pm:  “Lincoln’s Blues and “That Fatal First of Jan’y ’41” with Joshua Wolf Shenk
Sunday, June 14: Bring in the clowns!”  with Jeff Raz of the Medical Clown Project.
Sunday, June 28:  “Queer Issues and Mental Health” with Able Christian of N.A.M.I. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Artist Biography

Sara Felder is a playwright and performer who, over the last 3 decades, has created a body of work that juggles personal narrative, circus shtik and social justice.  She has toured with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades and her own solo theater shows.  Felder’s international touring includes Jugglers for Peace in Cuba, the Women’s Circus in Nicaragua, and at Festivals of Jewish/Yiddish Culture all over the world.  She has been an artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, 1812 Productions and the California Arts Council, the latter for her work teaching juggling and performance in California prisons. Felder is a recipient of, among many others, the California Arts Council artist fellowship in playwriting, the San Francisco Art Commission, the National Performance Network, the Leeway Transformation Award for her commitment to art and social change and also the Arts in America’s “Animating Democracy Initiative” which used art to inspire civic dialogue about same-sex marriage in Anchorage, AK.

Using her signature style of addressing important social issues with humor, grace and circus routines, her solo shows have tackled such topics as a Jewish lesbian wedding (June Bride,) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Out of Sight,)  grief (A Queer Divine) and  mental illness (Melancholy, A Comedy.)  (

Show Info

Workshop/Preview: May 9 – June 6, 2015
Tickets: $15-$35 sliding scale | Reserved Seats: $55 and $100
Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 7pm

Opening Night: June 7, 2015
Runs: June 7 – June 28, 2015
Tickets: $20-$35 sliding scale | Reserved Seats: $55 and $100
Saturdays at 5pm | Sundays at 7pm

90 minutes | No Intermission | 16 and up

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.

Buy Tix Online:

To purchase tickets, please click on a date below (please review price descriptions above):

  • No upcoming events
AEC v1.0.4

Buy Tix by phone:
Monday – Friday 1 – 4pm, 415.282.3055
(Additional service fees apply

This production of Melancholy, A Comedy was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants form ArtPlace, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation.  The Creative Work Fund commission was awarded in partnership with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center.  Bay Area Jewish Healing Center provides Jewish spiritual care to those who are ill, dying and bereaved through direct service, education and training, and information and referral.