Susan Hansell

Susan Hansell

Susan Hansell's plays have been presented at The Harold Clurman NYC, The San Francisco MOMA, The Tank NYC, The Tempe Center for the Performing Arts (Phoenix), The Tucson Playhouse, The William Inge Festival, (among other venues) and include My Medea (in The Best American Short Plays series) and 14 Ladies in Hats (in Heinemann’s More Monologues for Women by Women). She is a Dramatists Guild member.

Plays

  • A History
    A brief and partial history of the judicial world as it is known to some of us. Ten minutes. Also available in a five minute version.
  • American Rose
    An ensemble cast presents the changing lives of five diverse American women, all of whom enter war production workplaces or wartime situations during the 1940s. Their stories are juxtaposed with additional roles iconic of female and male individuals from the American WWII period.
  • An Ocean of Bees
    A hilarious and poignant depiction of post-environmental collapse wherein four souls try to grasp what traits we humans need, and which we need to jettison, for the future.
  • At Dawn with the Rain and the Stars
    Marking seventy-five years since the end of World War II while examining the resonance of that period with our own, four female actors create multiple roles in a story of intellectuals, artists, and ordinary women who live in extraordinary times. The play begins with the fictionalized portrayals of four true-to-life and under-appreciated individuals from the 1930’s. These four characters evolve into a fact-...
    Marking seventy-five years since the end of World War II while examining the resonance of that period with our own, four female actors create multiple roles in a story of intellectuals, artists, and ordinary women who live in extraordinary times. The play begins with the fictionalized portrayals of four true-to-life and under-appreciated individuals from the 1930’s. These four characters evolve into a fact-based group of four Partisan resisters arrested on the eve of the Paris deportations. Then the four actors step outside the characters they have created to explore why such stories remain relevant in the contemporary world.
  • Every Concentrated Fragment
    Every Concentrated Fragment explores the emotional and intellectual relationships between four factually-based female Partisans arrested on the eve of their deportation to the concentration camps of WWII. The play follows their lives until their repatriation home.
  • In the Beginning...
    Ten minutes in the Garden of Eden... Redux.
  • Little Kings
    Five family members exist as fractured-fairy-tale-versions of characters from KING LEAR via an originally conceived satire that sends-up 400 years of human civilization and history. A hilarious and thought-provoking tour de force, with a 45-minute one-act run time.
  • Mary Mary
    A holiday speed-play presented in three vivid snapshot flash-acts.  Each act is set in the same family home at Christmas Dinner; each dinner takes place in a different, consecutive decade; each character is compelled to repeat family roles; thus, an epiphany of insight is quickly experienced by the audience.
  • My Medea
    An ensemble-cast (including a chorus which chants in contemporary verse) presents a visceral and exhilarating expose of contemporary values: A vibrant, accessible, and relevant re-telling of MEDEA, imbued with current events cut from the American landscape, the play was a selection of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS series.
  • Rollover Othello
    Contemporary versions of Oth, Desdie and I. find themselves (and each other) in a contemporary police house, where they "talk" over their various consummations and conflicts. A short and riveting stand-alone tragicomedy that achieves a satiric and emotional wallop.
  • Waiting for a Table at the Garden of Eden
    Waiting for a Table at the Garden of Eden is a full-length work structured by modules that can be played up or down, rearranged or smoothed, depending on a production’s preference. Every unique creation should further the play’s trajectory that skewers the social and political constructions of romance. The play requires two skilled performers who, as contemporary versions of Adam and Eve, take aim at the canonical rom-com.
  • We Are All Dick 3
    Two actors present their love/history mash-up by way of re-imagined RICHARD THE THIRD material with romantic subplots and cultural machinations spun from the current news and entertainment "factories." WE ARE ALL DICK 3 is a stand-alone compressed comedy-drama of warring male/female relationships composed as a classic 60 minute one-act.

  • Who Will Winess for the Witness
    Who Will Witness for the Witness explores the lives and the life-outcomes of four factually-based women who lived in the extraordinary times of the mid-20th Century period.
  • 14 Ladies in Hats
    80 minute character series that explores the tension between expression and repression in the lives of contemporary American women and girls.