A Feminine Ending

by  Sarah Treem

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f

A Feminine Ending is a gentle, bittersweet comedy about a girl who knows what she wants, but not quite how to get it. Her parents are getting divorced, her fiancé is almost famous, her first love reappears, and there's a lot of noise in her head, but none of it is music. Until the end.

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A Feminine Ending

by  Sarah Treem

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Having recently graduated from a major conservatory, and with a rocker boyfriend on the brink of stardom, aspiring composer Amanda Blue’s “extraordinary life” seems to be all mapped out. But when she’s called home to answer her mother’s distress call about a [marriage in crisis/marital crisis], Amanda’s grand plan starts to unravel. A Feminine Ending is a bittersweet play about dreams deferred, loves lost, and learning to trust a woman’s voice in a man’s world.

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"Ending is a promising beginning...the playwright has a sense of humor that brings to mind a budding Wendy Wasserstein and a liberated sense of form that evokes a junior Paula Vogel." - Los Angeles Times

"Darkly comic...has undeniable wit." - New York Post

"Appealingly outlandish humor." - The New York Times

"Courageous. The 90-minute piece swerves with nerve and naivete. Sarah Treem has a voice all her own." - Newsday


Finding Their Voice: A Feminine Ending 
by Alexa Derman
January 12, 2017


  • A Feminine Ending - Playwrights Horizons Trailer
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Amanda’s house in Brooklyn. Her parents’ house in New Hampshire. The recesses of her mind.
  • Additional Features: Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 2f
AMANDA - Mid 20s, oboist, aspiring composer.
JACK - Mid 20s, singer, up-and-coming pop star.
KIM - Early 50s, Amanda’s mother. Homemaker.
DAVID - Early 50s, Amanda’s father. Insurance salesman.
BILLY - Mid 20s, Postman.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Sarah Treem

Sarah Treem is the Golden Globe Winning writer and producer of Showtime's The Affair. Her full-length plays include Empty Sky, Against the Wall, Mirror, Mirror, A Feminine Ending, Human Voices, When We Were Young and Unafraid, and Vienna's Amazing.A Feminine Ending received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in ...

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A Feminine Ending premiered in New York City at Playwrights Horizons in October 2007 under the direction of Blair Brown.

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