Susan Hansell

Susan Hansell

Susan Hansell's plays have been presented at The American Blues Theater (Chicago), The Gaslight Theater/St. Louis Actors' Studio, The Harold Clurman (NYC), The Ohio (NYC), Project Artaud (San Francisco), The San Francisco MOMA, The Shattered Glass Project (Seattle), The Tank (NYC), The Tempe Center for the Performing Arts (Phoenix), among other venues, and include My Medea (in The Best American Short...
Susan Hansell's plays have been presented at The American Blues Theater (Chicago), The Gaslight Theater/St. Louis Actors' Studio, The Harold Clurman (NYC), The Ohio (NYC), Project Artaud (San Francisco), The San Francisco MOMA, The Shattered Glass Project (Seattle), The Tank (NYC), The Tempe Center for the Performing Arts (Phoenix), 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 member of The Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays

  • 14 Ladies in Hats
    80 minute character series exploring the tension between expression and repression in the lives of women and girls, full-length.
  • A History
    A brief history of the judicial world as it is known to some of us. Ten minutes.
  • 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 individuals from the American WWII period. 75 minutes.
  • An Ocean of Bees
    An Ocean of Bees presents a humorously poignant and absurd near-future wherein four souls try to grasp what traits we humans need, and which we need to jettison, for survival. 2-acts, 90 minutes. Diverse cast.
  • At Dawn with the Rain and the Stars
    Four female actors create multiple roles in a lyrical story of intellectuals, artists, and ordinary women from the 20th Century. The play begins with the fictionalized portrayals of four true-to-life individuals from Europe in the 1930’s. These four characters evolve into a factually-based group of Partisan resisters arrested on the eve of the Paris deportations. The actors then step outside the characters they...
    Four female actors create multiple roles in a lyrical story of intellectuals, artists, and ordinary women from the 20th Century. The play begins with the fictionalized portrayals of four true-to-life individuals from Europe in the 1930’s. These four characters evolve into a factually-based group of Partisan resisters arrested on the eve of the Paris deportations. The actors then step outside the characters they have created to explore why such stories remain relevant.
  • Every Concentrated Fragment
    A lyrical exploration of the friendship bonds and the life-outcomes of four factually-based French women Partisans (Charlotte Delbo and her colleagues of Convoy 31000) from Nazi-era Europe as they confront the meaning of their arrests on the eve of the Paris deportations during WWII. 45 minutes.
  • Letters to Jeff Bezos: A 10 Minute Monologue Play
    A letter writer addresses her thoughts to Jeff Bezos. Short, 10-minute monologue play.
  • Letters to Jeff Bezos: A One-Act Play
    A group of letter writers express their thoughts on life via a contemporary icon. One-Act.
    30 minutes.
  • Letters to Jeff Bezos: A Full-Length Play
    A group of Letter Writers express their thoughts on life via a contemporary icon, then start a nationwide social media campaign to enlist others to do the same, changing their lives in the process. Two acts. 75 minutes.
  • Little Kings
    Five family members exist as fractured-fairy-tale-versions of the characters from KING LEAR via an originally conceived satire that sends-up 400 years of human family dysfunction. A thought-provoking tour de force. Original contemporary verse. 50 minutes.
  • 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; this play was a selection of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS series. 75 minutes.
  • Rollover Othello
    Contemporary versions of Oth, Desdie and I. find themselves (and each other) in a contemporary Brooklyn police house, where they "talk" over their various consummations and conflicts. A riveting stand-alone tragicomedy that achieves an emotional wallop. 15 minutes.
  • Some Education
    One magician-mime-teacher-scientist character provides a comical history of human weaponry. 10 minutes.
  • The CAFO Cafe
    An absurdist comedy about how and what we eat and are. 10 minutes.
  • Waiting for a Table at the Garden of Eden
    A touching critique of romantic culture with a witty and episodic structure. The full-length play requires two skilled performers who, as mirror-hall versions of Adam and Eve set in the present, take aim at the canonical rom-com. 80 minutes.
  • We Are All Dick 3
    Two actors present a love/history mash-up of a re-imagined version of RICHARD THE THIRD with romantic subplots and cultural machinations spun from current news and entertainment "factories." WE ARE ALL DICK 3 is a stand-alone compressed comedy-drama of relationships. 50 minutes.
  • Who Will Witness for the Witness
    Who Will Witness for the Witness is a lyrical play exploring the lives and the life-outcomes of four factually-based women (Gerda Taro, Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Marthe Cohn) from Nazi-era Europe, as they ponder truth, life, fact, death, and existence. 30 minutes.