Susan Hansell

Playwright

Susan Hansell began writing for the stage by constructing text for dancers, choreographers, and performance artists, including herself. As a result, stylized language and physical elements remain theatrical aspects in her plays, which include the new short play, A History, presented at the Altered Minds Festival in NYC on May 6, 2019 by The Alternative Theater Company and podcast (Season 2 Episode 5, April 7-8, 2019) as a reading & post-reading discussion by Panglossian Productions, available on itunes (free) and Podbean (free) via <http://www.panglossian.org/best-of-all-possible-podcast>; the full-length futuristic-absurdist comedy, An Ocean of Bees, first presented as a draft reading in 2018 at The Tank in NYC, then developed in conjunction with The Bridge Initiative for the 2019 Bechdel Festival 2.0 (Phoenix); the historically-driven three-act drama, At Dawn with the Rain and the Stars, from which the first act was presented by the Shattered Glass Project in Seattle in November 2019 and by the Itinerant Theatre's "Women Leading: New Play Series" in May 2019 as Who Will Witness for the Witness and the second act was showcased at the 2017 William Inge Festival then produced by both the Tucson Players in 2018 and the Bay Area Women's History Festival in 2020 as Every Concentrated Fragment; the short comedy, In the Beginning… (a stand-alone 10-minute excerpt from the full-length rom-com Waiting for a Table at the Garden of Eden) presented at the 2017 Midwest Dramatists Center Conference; My Medea, a Best American Short Plays series selection; Rollover Othello, a Pushcart Prize nominee as published in Oasis; American Rose: Our Gals on the Homefront, produced by Sightlines at The Ohio (NYC); A Day In, Affair on the Air, Drop It, Don't, and Trolls (all performance monologues shown at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at The Harold Clurman (NYC), with two appearing in Heinemann’s More Monologues for Women by Women).

Highlights

A History will be presented as a Zoom reading in the near future by Spark Creative Works in New York.

Who Will Witness for the Witness was selected for its first full production by the St. Louis Actors' Studio for the LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight Theater; however, due to COVID-19, the production has been cancelled.