AMERICAN ROSE.  90 minutes.  An ensemble cast portrays the changing lives of American women who 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.  Large female ensemble, multi-ethnic.

AN OCEAN OF BEES.  80 minutes in two acts or 40 minutes in one act.  The earth and its resources have collapsed.  Four characters remain to represent the human species. Will they find their humanity?  Available in one-act and two-act lengths, and also as a stand-alone 10-15/minute play, The Bee Orchard.  2 female or female-identified actors, 2 male or male-identified actors, race-neutral or any. 

EVERY CONCENTRATED FRAGMENT.  75 minutes or 95 minutes.  In the full-length versions of this play, four actors create multiple roles in an examination of the pressures placed on intellectuals, artists, and ordinary women who live in extraordinary times.  In Part One, the actors come alive as under-appreciated historical personages faced with decisions of monumental significance during the 1930s.  In Part Two, the actors become French female Partisan resisters arrested on the eve of the Paris deportations during WWII.  In Part Three, the actors step outside the characters they have created in order to make a contemporary contribution to the period drama they are about to stage.  4 females.

EVERY CONCENTRATED FRAGMENT.  30 minutes or 45 minutes.  One-act versions of this play explore the relationships, lives, and the life-outcomes of four factually-based French female Partisan resisters arrested on the eve of the Paris deportations during WWII.  4 females.

IN THE BEGINNING...  10 minutes.  In the Garden of Eden... Redux.  1 female, 1 male, race neutral or any.

LITTLE KINGS.  60 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 or female-identified, 2 male or male-identified, 1 of either or trans, all race-neutral or any.  

MAN + WOMAN = LUV FOR REALS.  10 minutes.  One Everyman and one Everywoman share a table for two and get to know each other.  1 female, 1 male, race-neutral or any.

MARY MARY.  15 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, race-neutral or any.  

MY MEDEA.  90 minutes.  A vibrant, accessible, and relevant re-telling of MEDEA, imbued with current events cut from the American landscape.  Large ensemble, both males and females, multi-ethnic.

ROLLOVER OTHELLO.  15 minutes.  A stylized satire that achieves an emotional wallop presents Oth, Desdie and I. in a contemporary police house, where they "talk" over their various consummations and conflicts.  1 female, 2 males.


WAITING FOR A TABLE AT THE GARDEN OF EDEN.  100 minutes.  Contemporary versions of Adam and Eve are placed in the Here and the Now among the events and temptations that distract us.  Two actors explore their tragicomic world through original uses of language and send-up scenes, in a play that asks:  Is a happy ending possible for the progenitors of the human race?  1 female, 1 male, race-neutral or any.  

WE ARE ALL DICK 3.  60 minutes.  Two actors present their love/story mash-up by way of re-imagined RICHARD THE THIRD material, with romantic subplots and cultural machinations spun from 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.  1 female, 1 male, race-neutral or any.

WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?  50 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 that 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.

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.  


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