Susan Middaugh

Susan Middaugh

A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Group of Baltimore, Susan has had 22 of her short plays produced or read by community theaters in the U.S., Canada and England. They include Source Theatre, Shelterbelt Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Wasatch Theatre Company and the Renaissance Guild among others. Theatrical Mining Company produced two of her full length plays, A Modern Pas de Deux, in 2006 and...
A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Group of Baltimore, Susan has had 22 of her short plays produced or read by community theaters in the U.S., Canada and England. They include Source Theatre, Shelterbelt Theatre, Stone Soup Theatre, Wasatch Theatre Company and the Renaissance Guild among others. Theatrical Mining Company produced two of her full length plays, A Modern Pas de Deux, in 2006 and Black Widows in 2010 as part of the Baltimore Playwrights festivals in those years. Lazy Bee Scripts in England has published her short play, A Table for Two, and One Act Play Depot has published her two play, Such Good Neighbors. She has studied with playwright Jeffrey Sweet, director Paul Berman, Daisy Foote (Sewanee Writers Conference) and with Ernie Joselovitz of the Playwrights Forum. Susan has also participated in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival for playwriting in a class led by Kate Aspengren.

Plays

  • Feeble-Minded White Trash
    During the 1920s in rural southern Virginia, Hattie Clawson, an unmarried, illiterate laundress with two children , one of them black, hadn't met or heard of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. But she will feel the impact of his majority opinion in Buck vs. Bell, which upheld a state law authorizing involuntary sterilization for the unfit and feebleminded. And it will be painful for her and...
    During the 1920s in rural southern Virginia, Hattie Clawson, an unmarried, illiterate laundress with two children , one of them black, hadn't met or heard of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. But she will feel the impact of his majority opinion in Buck vs. Bell, which upheld a state law authorizing involuntary sterilization for the unfit and feebleminded. And it will be painful for her and her family for decades to come. All told, 33 states had laws that authorized forced sterilization; 65,000 Americans were affected, 85% of them women.
  • A Modern Pas de Deux
    Pickles Amalfitano and Paul Quinn's romance reflects man and woman's yearning to find the right partner in life. Paul, a 48 year old bachelor, has dated many women, but he hasn't loved any of them. Pickles, 50, a self-employed house painter, believes that sculpting will fulfill her. Are they too set in their ways to acknowledge their need for one another? Will an irascible bartender who considers...
    Pickles Amalfitano and Paul Quinn's romance reflects man and woman's yearning to find the right partner in life. Paul, a 48 year old bachelor, has dated many women, but he hasn't loved any of them. Pickles, 50, a self-employed house painter, believes that sculpting will fulfill her. Are they too set in their ways to acknowledge their need for one another? Will an irascible bartender who considers himself an authority on love have an impact on Paul's decision? Will Pickles's sister Belle persuade her to go out with Paul? What will happen to Pickles when Belle goes to Israel?
  • Black Widows
    Gwen and Vera, both in their 70s, befriend a couple of homeless men on LA's skid row. They put the men up in single room occupancy hotels, take out multiple life insurance policies on them, and wait for the men to die -- until one night Vera gets impatient. With doubling, the cast may be reduced to six. Approximately 90 minutes
  • Does Your Dick Work?
    Although the desire for romance may be universal, Jack Durso,a 28 year old computer geek, has a more difficult time than most men his age in finding that special someone. Jack has cerebral palsy,limited use of one hand, is subject to spasms and uses a wheelchair. But he is determined to succeed even if he has to hire a sexual surrogate and a call girl to gain experience and confidence. Throughout, his personal...
    Although the desire for romance may be universal, Jack Durso,a 28 year old computer geek, has a more difficult time than most men his age in finding that special someone. Jack has cerebral palsy,limited use of one hand, is subject to spasms and uses a wheelchair. But he is determined to succeed even if he has to hire a sexual surrogate and a call girl to gain experience and confidence. Throughout, his personal care attendant, Max,an amateur boxer, is in his corner. Running time; about 90 minutes. With doubling, cast can be seven.
  • When I Fall in Love, It Will Be...
    Two devoted spouses of dementia patients strike up an unlikely friendship when they discover what's going on at their partners' assisted living facility.
  • Notin Service
    If a community is simply a group of people who learn to care about one another, then that sense of belonging can happen anywhere, even in the most unlikely of places -- the public bus. Not in Service tells the story of three people of different races and backgrounds that meet as a result of a bus accident. It is the story of Theresa Aguilar, a young Filippino American student who is putting herself through...
    If a community is simply a group of people who learn to care about one another, then that sense of belonging can happen anywhere, even in the most unlikely of places -- the public bus. Not in Service tells the story of three people of different races and backgrounds that meet as a result of a bus accident. It is the story of Theresa Aguilar, a young Filippino American student who is putting herself through college; a 19 year old American American who needs to change jobs; and bus driver Henry Maxwell, a widower in his early 60s. The action of the play centers around Theresa's efforts to help Donald find a job as a way of thanking him for helping her in the aftermath of the accident. It is also about the resistance she receives from Donald and her family.
  • The Jackson
    President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin argue over putting Harriet Tubman's face on the twenty-dollar bill.
  • Taking the A Train
    Three passengers get trapped in the New York City subway following a derailment. A homeless man doesn't want to escape. But the other two do and they need his guidance.
  • Skeletons in the Cellar
    A city mayor has achieved a major coup by rehabbing thousands of vacant and affordable houses. The last one is about to go on the market when a Habitat for Humanity worker discovers skeletons in the cellar and threatens to tell the media.
  • Meet Me in the Endive
    A widow needs help with her vegetable garden, but she won't admit it until she receives a visit from her late husband who is on probation from limbo.
  • Night Divers
    A man and woman from very different economic backgrounds go dumpster diving -- at the man's request and to the woman's disgust. Will their relationship survive?
  • Killing Time
    Two women from very different backgrounds meet outside the emergency room. Each of them is waiting for a family member who's inside. They are frustrated with the hospital and each other. Will they address their common humanity?
  • Shattered
    A husband argues with his young wife about having a penis transplant. She wants to have children; he doesn't want another man's organ.
  • A Senior Moment
    A man and woman in their 50s, who have met online, discuss their upcoming blind date. Each has flaws but they are excited.
  • Headlong into the Abyss
    During Hurricane Katrina, Lamont and Aunt Pauline, who is in a wheelchair, escape to her attic. They watch, horrified, as their neighbors fall into the waters below. When a chopper passes them by, they begin to lose hope -- until Lamont comes up with a plan.
  • Waterfront Property
    After being attacked by a drunk, a homeless woman who lives on a bench near the water, talks and argues with a statue whom she considers a friend. He encourages her to seek medical attention, but she resists.
  • Just a Bus Driver
    On the eve of his retirement, a city bus driver encounters a male passenger who threatens to commit a murder when he leaves the bus.
  • It's My Party!
    Two women meet in jail by accident. One is a suburban drug addict, the other a prostitute. Both have attitudes and want to go home. While they wait, they fight over a pair of expensive shoes and reveal their vulnerabilities.
  • Old Goldilocks and the Two Bears
    Marge, who is in her 70s, is tired after hiking all day in Spain and in need of a place to stay for the night. She comes across a charming inn, but the owner says they are closed. Will she find a way around him?
  • Queen for a Day
    It all starts out innocently enough. A young woman wins a butler for a day. Then the action veers off in an unnerving direction.
  • Such Good Neighbors
    An older couple are awakened in the middle of the night by their next door neighbors who are having an argument. The wife becomes intrigued by the goings-on; meanwhile, her husband does everything he can to distract her.
  • Table for Two
    A woman comes to a restaurant on a Saturday night looking for a table for one. She keeps getting passed over by the couples behind her. Increasingly frustrated, she comes upon a solution involving a homeless man.
  • Suite 510
    A woman writer, alone in her office this night, encounters a male intruder who threatens to kill her.