Susan Pak

Susan Pak

Susan H. Pak is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright and Assistant Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. She received an MFA in writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University; she received both a BA in English and a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and include: Election at the...
Susan H. Pak is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright and Assistant Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar. She received an MFA in writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University; she received both a BA in English and a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and include: Election at the Goodman Theater, The Fixer at the Steppenwolf Theater, Marabar at Chicago Dramatists, Ghost Girl at the Workshop Theater, T.A.B. at New York’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and the Manhattan Repertory Theater Festival; Haters at New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival; Baby Shower at New York’s Network One Act Festival; Incredible Invisible at Chicago’s Bailiwick Director’s Fest; Ladies’ Man at Chicago Dramatists; and The Writers at Theater Unleashed in Los Angeles.

Plays

  • Miguk Saram
    A highly ambitious, Korean American teen will stop at nothing to get into his dream university. However, his plans are suddenly derailed when he is seduced by a social justice warrior, as well as an alt-right extremist. Will he make the right choice?
  • The Fixer
    A bitter, despondent, Asian American expat is thrilled when her best friend, a beautiful and brilliant attorney, joins her in the sparkling city of Dubai. The two enjoy a luxurious and decadent existence at their dream jobs, until one of them is unceremoniously fired. Can the two keep their friendship intact, as they attempt to navigate the shark infested waters of overseas office politics? "The Fixer...
    A bitter, despondent, Asian American expat is thrilled when her best friend, a beautiful and brilliant attorney, joins her in the sparkling city of Dubai. The two enjoy a luxurious and decadent existence at their dream jobs, until one of them is unceremoniously fired. Can the two keep their friendship intact, as they attempt to navigate the shark infested waters of overseas office politics? "The Fixer" hilariously examines the ways in which lifelong best friends confront issues of allyship, intersectional feminism, and American exceptionalism, as they attempt to protect themselves and each other from an increasingly hostile and intolerant world.
  • The Name Jar (an adaptation of the book by Yangsook Choi)
    After her first day of school in America, a young, Korean, immigrant girl decides to change her name to something "easer to pronounce." With the enthusiastic help of her new classmates, she soon has a jar filled with exciting new names. Will she choose a new name? Or will she find value in her own?
  • Marabar
    Joseph and Helen Yao are comfortable expats in an oil-rich, Arab Gulf State. But after their adopted infant daughter dies at a local hospital, this Asian American couple is forced to deal with the issues of xenophobia, American exceptionalism, and ethnic self-hatred that emerge in the aftermath. When faced with life or death stakes, how far will the Yao’s go to assert their innocence in a strange land?
  • The F*ck House
    A Korean American teen and her best friend navigate the terrors of the midwestern suburbs. Now entering junior high, all Mo wants to be is “normal,” and assimilate into invisibility. Unfortunately, this will alienate her best friend, Laura, who only wants to be “special.” Will their friendship survive?
  • Games
    A highly ambitious, Korean American teen will stop at nothing to get into his dream university. He’s conquered his classes and mastered his prep tests, but can he triumph over Improv?
  • Election
    A brilliant, apolitical surgeon is determined to shake her Bernie-loving boyfriend out of his post-election funk. Unfortunately, he is mired knee-deep in Post Traumatic Trump Disorder. How far will she go to prove that there is life after the election?