14 LADIES IN HATS.  90 minutes.  Character series that explores the tension between expression and repression in the lives of contemporary American women and girls.  Produced in 1988 at Centerspace Studio Theatre in Project Artaud, San Francisco; two excerpts ("Don't" and "Affair on the Air") published in MORE MONOLOGUES FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN (Heinemann 1997); several excerpts performed live by the author are available on YouTube; one excerpt ("Drop it") recorded live as performed by the author at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and available on video from the Poetry Center of San Francisico State University.

AMERICAN ROSE.  90 minutes.  An ensemble cast portrays the changing lives of five diverse American women, all of whom enter war production workplaces and wartime situations during the 1940s.  Their stories are juxtaposed with additional roles iconic of U.S. female individuals from the WWII period.  American Rose was commissioned by Sightlines Theatre Company, produced at The Ohio Theatre in New York City, and the original script received honorable mention in the 1998 Jane Chambers National Playwriting Competition.

EVERY CONCENTRATED FRAGMENT  45+ minutes.  Four actors play French female Partisans arrested on the eve of the deportation of political prisoners to the Nazi concentration camp system.  In an examination of the pressures placed on artists, intellectuals, and ordinary people living in the midst of 20th Century fascism, this historically accurate one-act "show-stopper" creates an imaginative experimental story from the true-to-life stories of the period.

LITTLE KINGS.  45+ minutes.  Five family members exist as present-day fractured-fairy-tale-versions of characters from KING LEAR, via an originally conceived satire that sends-up 400 years of human civilization and family history -- a hilarious and thought-provoking tour de force.  2 female, 2 males, 1 of either.  First published in OASIS 10.1 Jan.-Mar. 2002.

MARY MARY.  10 minutes.  A holiday-themed speed-play presented in 3 vivid snapshot flash-acts.  Each act is set in the same suburban California family home at Christmas Dinner; each dinner takes place in a different, consecutive decade.  3 females, 2 males.  Published in INFLATABLE MAGAZINE Winter 1999.

MY MEDEA.  90 minutes.  A vibrant, accessible, and relevant re-telling of MEDEA, imbued with current events cut from the American landscape.  My Medea was a selection of THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 1996-97 (Applause), and premiered in production at the Players Theatre division of Cal Rep in 2005.

MY WORLD WAR TOO.  90+ minutes.  In My World War Too, four female actors create twelve "intense and significant" roles in a new play that is "well-drawn and ageless, with the unforgettable pluck and spirit of a survivor."  In Part One, the four actors come alive as historical personages faced with monumental personal and career reversals during the 1930s.  In Part Two, (also a stand-alone one-act play, Every Concentrated Fragment), the four actors become French partisans arrested on the eve of the mass-deportations of political prisoners to the Nazi concentration camp system.  In Part Three, the four actors comprise a contemporary theatre group meeting to decide if a WW2 drama is salient to their production season.

ROLLOVER OTHELLO.  10 minutes.  A stylized satire that achieves an emotional wallop, Rollover Othello presents Oth, Desdie and I., who find themselves (and each other) in a contemporary police house, where they "talk" over their various consummations and conflicts.  Nominated for a Pushcart Prize as first published in OASIS.  1 female, 2 males.

WAITING FOR A TABLE AT THE GARDEN OF EDEN.  100 minutes.  Contemporary race-neutral versions of Adam and Eve are placed in the Here and the Now among the events and temptations that distract us from our higher plans and purposes.  Two actors explore this tragicomic world through original uses of language and send-up scenes, in a play that pokes fun at all our inspired questions, including:  Is a happy ending even possible for the progenitors of the human race? 

WE ARE ALL DICK 3.  50 minutes.  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.  A stand-alone compressed-comedy-drama of warring-yet-peace-making female/male relationships composed as a classic 60-minute one-act play.  Published originally in OASIS 11.3 Oct.-Dec. 2003.  1 female, 1 male.

WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?  60 minutes.  In a poignant comedy, two new friends, both originally from the East Coast and recently relocated to Southern California, search for an affordable Emergency Room on the Eve of 9/11.  A naturalistic and classical one-act, What Do We Have Here? can be staged with as few as 3 actors or as many as an ensemble, if desired, of any ethnicity, with 2 females and 1 male required at minimum.

The above texts are available from <susan.hansell@gmail.com> and through the New Play Exchange National New Play Network.

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