Susan Hansell

Susan Hansell

Susan Hansell's plays have been presented at The American Blues Theater (Chicago), The Gaslight Theater/The St. Louis Actors' Studio, The Harold Clurman NYC, The Ohio NYC, The San Francisco MOMA, The Shattered Glass Project (Seattle), The Tank NYC, The Tempe Center for the Performing Arts (Phoenix), and The William Inge Festival, and include My Medea (in The Best American Short Plays series) and 14...
Susan Hansell's plays have been presented at The American Blues Theater (Chicago), The Gaslight Theater/The St. Louis Actors' Studio, The Harold Clurman NYC, The Ohio NYC, The San Francisco MOMA, The Shattered Glass Project (Seattle), The Tank NYC, The Tempe Center for the Performing Arts (Phoenix), and The William Inge Festival, 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

  • 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. 90 minutes.
  • An Ocean of Bees
    An Ocean of Bees presents a humorously poignant 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.
  • An Education
    One magician-mime-teacher-scientist character provides a brief history of human weaponry. 10 minutes.
  • At Dawn with the Rain and the Stars
    Four female actors create multiple roles in a lyrical story of intellectuals, artists, and ordinary women in the mid-20th Century. The play begins with the fictionalized portrayals of four true-to-life individuals from the 1930’s. These four characters evolve into a factually-based group of Partisan resisters arrested on the eve of the Paris deportations. For the finale, the actors step outside the characters...
    Four female actors create multiple roles in a lyrical story of intellectuals, artists, and ordinary women in the mid-20th Century. The play begins with the fictionalized portrayals of four true-to-life individuals from the 1930’s. These four characters evolve into a factually-based group of Partisan resisters arrested on the eve of the Paris deportations. For the finale, the actors step outside the characters they have created to explore why such stories remain relevant. Full length, 80-to-90 minutes.
  • 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.
  • In the Beginning...
    Ten minutes in the Garden of Eden... Redux. 10 minutes.
  • Letters to Jeff Bezos
    A letter writer addresses her thoughts to Jeff Bezos.
    10 mins.
    Zoom friendly.
  • 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. A hilarious and thought-provoking tour de force. 45-60 minutes.
  • MaryMary
    Mary Mary is a holiday-themed short, absurdist one-act presented in three vivid snapshot flash-scenes. Each scene is set in the same family home at Christmas Dinner; each dinner takes place in a different, consecutive decade. This allows the audience to experience a family’s life and relationships as they are set-down, rebelled against, and re-created throughout generations.
  • 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. 90 minutes.
  • 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 riveting stand-alone tragicomedy that achieves an emotional wallop. 10 minutes.
  • The CAFO Cafe
    An absurdist comedy about who we are and what we eat. 10 minutes.
  • Waiting for a Table at the Garden of Eden
    A full-length work structured by modules that can be edited to a production’s preference. Each unique creation should further the play’s trajectory skewering the social and political constructions of romance. The play requires two skilled performers who, as mirror-hall versions of Adam and Eve, take aim at the canonical rom-com. 2-acts, 90 minutes.
  • We Are All Dick 3
    Two actors present this love/history mash-up by way of re-imagined RICHARD THE THIRD material 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 historical male/female relationships. 60 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.
  • 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, full-length.