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Rising Stars: Meet Sarah Hunter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Hunter.

Hi Sarah, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My writing and performing career started back at around age 8. I started writing little dramas to present in the backyards of my friends, and then I continued approaching people and doing stand-up monologues as a child. I ended up teaching high school for half a century, but I was still during that time writing, directing and producing my own material here in the Pasadena area as well as the Los Angeles area. I’ve had approximately six plays that I have written produced in the Los Angeles area. I try not to direct anything that I have written, so I have my favorite directors. I’ve been in probably only one or two of them because I feel that if I’ve written something, other people should perform it and other people should direct it. It’s all a learning process for me, and I get to learn what works and what doesn’t work if someone else puts his or her “Eye” on the piece. Approximately ten years ago Sandra Cruze and I decided to start our own production company “two heads are better productions“ we have a website with the work that we’ve done together and separately. We decided to write a Web series which is up on YouTube. It’s called “we’re not dead yet“ and it features the two of us getting in one absurd situation after another trying to break into Show business over the age of 65. When you’re Caucasian and you’re old, the road gets steeper. Believe me.

I love life, I love music, I love theater, I love film, I love books. Writing is exciting. Watching other people perform is exciting and watching other people’s work inspires me. I admire and have an almost worshipful attitude about the poetry of Joni Mitchell. I could go on forever about my favorite writers and poets, but I won’t.

Actually, I kind of gets tired of talking about myself. I’m a major dog lover. I wrote a solo show called “dogs are better than people“ and presented that to good reviews in the last couple of years. I also wrote “duck and cover “about my teaching career and did that as a solo show also to good response. The play that I just closed, “escape from the garden“ ran for nine performances and got good reviews and I absolutely loved the process. Didn’t love producing it so much but loved the creative process.

I think starting a second career after retiring at age 71 is staggering. The amount of energy I put forth doing my productions and creating a new life for myself is both grueling and wonderful at the same time.

What else do you wanna know? I’m taking a standup comedy class and will be soon starting to go into clubs.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, it has not been a smooth road. It’s taking a lot of time and money to take writing classes, acting workshops and to hone my craft. None of it has been unworthy of my time. All of it has taught me many things. But I think I’m a good student and I have always been eager to learn something new.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Writing solo shows, trying to be funny and being funny as an old Caucasian chick, these are the things I think they sent me “Apart” Also, my 31 years of recovery AA has set me apart. In my drinking days, I was a HOT mess and completely insane with impulse and energy.

Ali— teaching high school for 50 years was a trip!

What matters most to you?
What matters most is nature—dogs especially, theater, books, poetry, travel, literature and other people. It’s about relationships with the world and with individuals. I am a good friend.

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