Susan Hansell

Playwright
she/her/hers

Susan Hansell (she/her) 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 in the American Blues Theater of Chicago's 2022 RIPPED Festival (online library); the full-length futuristic-absurdist comedy, An Ocean of Bees or The Human Reservation, first presented as a draft reading in 2018 at The Tank (NYC), then developed in conjunction with The Bridge Initiative for the 2019 Bechdel Festival (Phoenix) and forthcoming from The Eccentric Bear Theatre Company in NYC; the historically-driven three-act drama, At Dawn with the Rain and the Stars, from which the first act was selected for production in 2020 (produced in 2022) by the Actors' Studio of St. Louis as Who Will Witness for the Witness, and from which the second act was showcased at the 2017 William Inge Festival then produced by the Tucson Players in 2018, the Bay Area Women's History Festival in 2020, and by the Femme Fatale Festival (virtual) in 2021 as Every Concentrated Fragment; the adaptation-by-analogy My Medea, a Best American Short Plays series selection (Applause Theatre Books); and the performance monologues A Day In, Affair on the Air, Drop It, Don't, and Trolls (all shown at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at The Harold Clurman, with two appearing in the Heinemann Press anthology More Monologues for Women by Women).

Highlights

Who Will Witness for the Witness, upcoming production, July 8 - 31, 2022, Actors' Studio of St Louis, Gaslight Theater.

A History, in the RIPPED Festival of The American Blues Theater, June 2022 <https://americanbluestheater.com/2022/06/01/2022-the-ripped-festival/>.