20TH CENTURY BLUES

Opened Off Broadway at the Signature Theatre Nov 12, 2017 thru January 28, 2018. Directed by Emily Mann. Producers: Lida Orzeck & Eva Price. Cast: Polly Draper, Beth Dixon, Franchelle Stweart Dorn, Kathryn Grody, Ellen Parker, Charles Socarides.

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Published in “Plays By Women”

20th Century Blues - Off Broadway Production

Off Broadway Production

Photo by Joan Marcus

PAST PRODUCTIONS:

  • Contemporary American Theatre Festival
  • Signature Theatre – Off Broadway
  • Red Barn Theatre
  • Legacy Productions
  • Young At Heart Players
  • Invisible Theatre

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS:

  • Act 2 Theatre Company – Clarksburg WV – 10/3 to 10/13/2019
  • Farmington Valley Stage Co. – Farmington, CT. 10/12/ to 10/20/2019
  • Eve Theatre Co. – Louisville, KY.
 10/25 to 11/3/2019
  • Burlington Players – Burlington, Mass.
11/8/2019 to 11/23/2019
  • Live Arts Theatre – Atlanta, Ga.
 12/6 to 12/21/2019
  • Steel Beam Theatre – St. Charles, Ill.
 2/21/2020 to 3/15/2020
  • Visalia Community Players – Visalia, Ca.
3/20 to 4/5/20
  • Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH. 5/30 – 6/27/2020
  • Adobe Theatre – Albuquerque, NM.
 5/30/20 to 6/27/20

Watch Interviews with Playwright & Cast on;

THEATRE TALK PBS – (begins at 16:04)

AOL BUILD

Contemporary American Theatre Festival 2016 – Directed by Ed Herendeen
Cast: Betsy Aidem, Jason Babinksy, Franchelle Dorn, Kathryn Grody, Alexandra Neil, Mary Suib

Reading at Manhattan Theatre Club

20th century blues

With Judith Light, Anna Deveare Smith, Barbara Barrie, Kathryn Grody, Ellen Parker, Gregg Keller (not pictured)


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Closing night NYC

Closing night NYC

20th century blues playbill

A MAP OF DOUBT AND RESCUE

SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE
PINTER REVIEW PRIZE IN DRAMA

a map of doubt and rescue

Judith Light, Zachary Quinto and Michael Gross

OJAI Playwrights Conference – workshop

New York Stage and Film at Vassar – worskhop

Publications:
A Map of Doubt and Rescue – University of Tampa Press

The landscape of this play is a small town, Hollywood, the canvas of our history, and the struggle of those who try to make sense of it all as they endeavor to create and connect. The characters who inhabit and run throughout the territory of the play are part of one another’s lives sometimes directly and sometimes in ways that are revealed as things unfold. On the dust jacket: Charlotte Saloman, “Life? or Theatre?” from the Collection of Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam.

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a map of doubt and rescue by Susan Miller

Liza Weil

Liza Weil


Judith Light

Judith Light

AVERAGE AMERICAN

WINNER 2nd PRIZE –
ARCH & BRUCE BROWN PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
RECIPIENT OF MAURER FAMILY FOUNDATION GRANT
SEMI FINALIST – AMERICAN BLUES THEATER’S BLUE INK PLAYWRITING AWARD

The Blank Theatre, Hollywood, CA. Workshop – Directed by Abigail Deser
Cast: Liza Weil, Corryn Cummins, Lauren Flans, Jessy Hodges, Jenny O’Hara, Nicole Pacent, Toni Robison-May, Paige Lindsey-White

american dream

Yaddo Reading (Under title Sweeping the Nation)  Cast: Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm),  Kate Moening (The L Word) , Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething),  Directed by Leigh Silverman

Average American

THE GRAND DESIGN

FINALIST HEIDEMAN AWARD – ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE
WINNER’S CIRCLE MOVING ARTS THEATRE, LOS ANGELES

An INDIE film, starring Eric Stoltz and Frances Conroy, screenplay by Susan Miller, based on her play. Directed by Eric Stoltz.

David Hyde Pierce Lily Tomlin The Grand Design

David Hyde Pierce & Lily Tomlin at OJAI

Benefit for Autism Speaks – starring Lily Tomlin and Eric Stoltz

Ojai Playwrights Conference Benefit – starring David Hyde Pierce & Lily Tomlin

Brave New World Benefit: American Theatre Responds to 9/11
Town Hall, New York. With Marsha Mason and Scott Cohen

City Theatre of Miami

Publications:
Great Short Plays Volume 6 Playscripts, Inc.
Best American Short Plays 2003-2004 – Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Take Ten, Vol. II – Vintage Press

the grand design

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eric stoltz directing frances conroy

Eric Stoltz directing Frances Conroy


grand design blythe danner

John Lloyd Young and Blythe Danner “Two amazing actors in my play, THE GRAND DESIGN, in a benefit for WET. Blythe Danner blew me away.”

MY LEFT BREAST

OBIE AWARD IN PLAYWRITING
SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE

Premiered at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival
Performed by Author. Directed by Nela Wagman.

Naked Angels – New York
Trinity Repertory Co. – Providence, Rhode Island
7 Stages Theatre – Atlanta, Georgia, “a new 3 character restaging”
City Theatre of St. Louis
New Repertory Theatre – Boston
Theatre J – Washington, D.C.
Hampstead Theatre – London: Benefit for Breakthrough
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Oak Street Theatre – Portland, Maine
Celebration Theatre – Los Angeles, California
Out North – Anchorage, Alaska
The Group Theatre – Seattle, Washington
Walnut Street Theatre – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre – Toronto, Canada
Frontera Hyde Park Theatre – Austin, Texas
Watermark’s Wordfire Festival at the Ohio Theatre – New York
Benefit for Gilda’s Club – Skirball Cultural Center – Los Angeles
French production – Le Foyer Theatre du Palais Royal -Paris,
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Canadian Touring Company – Shameless Hussy Productions

Publications:
O Solo Homo – Grove Press – Edited by Holly Hughes and David Roman,
The Best American Short Plays 93/94 – Applause Books – Edited by Glenn Young
Plays From the Humana Festival 1994 – Smith and Kraus – Edited by Marisa Smith
The Breast. An Anthology – Global City Press – Editor: Susan Thames
L’AVANT-SCENE – Paris, December

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my left breast

Mon Sein Gauche

O Solo Homo

READING LIST

FINALIST NATIONAL SHORT PLAY CONTEST CITY THEATRE MIAMI 2015

Vital Signs, New Works Festival – New York

Publications:
Great Short Plays Volume 6 – Playscripts, Inc,
The Best Ten-Minute Plays 3 or More Actors 2006 – Smith and Kraus
The Best American Short Plays, 2004 – 2005 – Applause Books

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Reading List

CAST: Kathryn Grody, Maha Chehlaoui, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Jay Smith, Michael Rudko, Happy Anderson. Directed by Cynthia Croot

IT’S OUR TOWN, TOO

FINALIST ACTOR’S THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE’S TEN MINUTE PLAY CONTEST

Fountainhead Theatre – Los Angeles

Vital Signs New Works Festival – New York
Numerous college productions

Publications:
Actors’ Book of Gay and Lesbian Plays – Penguin
The Best American Short Plays of 1992-93 – Applause Books

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its our town too

gay and lesbian plays

REPAIRS

Home For Contemporary Theatre And Art – New York

Publications:
Facing Forward – Broadway Play Publishing.

Facing Forward

FOR DEAR LIFE

for dear life Jennifer annistonFINALIST SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE

The Joseph Papp Public Theatre – New York

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For Dear Life

Joseph Lambie, Christine Estabrook, Tony Shalhoub, and Laila Robins

NASTY RUMORS AND FINAL REMARKS

OBIE AWARD FOR PLAYWRITING
FINALIST SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE

The Joseph Papp Public Theatre – New York
The St. Nicholas Theatre – Chicago IL
Theatre On The Square – Indianapolis, IN

Publications:
Amazon All Stars – Applause Books

“A serious social comedy” in which the friends, lovers, and son of a charismatic woman gather in a hospital waiting room, after she has suffered a sudden cerebral hemorrhage. Raleigh, 38, talks to the audience as she takes this journey toward her death. We see the dynamics of each relationship through their interactions with Raleigh and one another.

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Nasty Rumors

amazon all stars

FLUX

Flux starring Bacon and Goodman

Second Stage – New York
The Public Theatre – New York
The American Repertory Co. – London
The Phoenix Repertory Co. – New York

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CROSS COUNTRY

The Mark Taper Forum – Los Angeles
Interart Theatre – New York

Publications:
West Coast Plays, Vol. I 

Using inventive prose as dialogue, the journey of Perry Chaiken, through her marriage, friendships, love affair with a student, motherhood and turning 30. A story of letting go and self discovery.

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Cross Country Poster

CONFESSIONS OF A FEMALE DISORDER

The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference – Waterford, CT
The Mark Taper Forum – Los Angeles, CA

Publications:
Gay Plays – Avon. Editor William Hoffman

Growing up female. A humorous, and emotional look at the rituals of initiation, sex, friendship, ambition.

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confession

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ARTS AND LEISURE

SEMIFINALIST DRAMATIST GUILD/CBS NEW PLAY CONTEST

Cast Theatre – Los Angeles, California
American Theatre Association’s National Conference – presented by Joseph Papp

A contemporary comedy which explores the creation and destruction of modern heroes. An English professor and his graduate film student girlfriend invade the privacy of the famed, reclusive J.D Salinger and hold him hostage in return for all the unpublished manuscripts he has written over the years.

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arts and leisure

HUMAN AFFAIRS

FINALIST FOR ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE’S HEIDEMAN AWARD
FINALIST NATIONAL SHORT PLAY CONTEST CITY THEATRE MIAMI 2017

Standing on Ceremony – The Gay Marriage Plays
El Portal Theatre – Los Angeles

Standing On Ceremony The Gay Marriage Plays

DENIM LECTURE

FINALIST ACTOR’S THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE TEN MINUTE PLAY CONTEST

Mark Taper Forum’s Lab Theatre

A person turning a certain age goes on tour and speaks of jeans as metaphor. A dark comedy.

SILVERSTEIN & CO.

Jews in America – a dark family comedy

A COMMOTION OF ZEBRAS

The Alice Theatre – New York City

An avant garde riff on women’s relationships.

DADDY

The Alice Theatre – New York City

Racial role reversal in the context of the “family” unit.

Daddy Alice Theater

NO ONE IS EXACTLY 23

Pennsylvania State University

Publications:
Pyramid – Vol. I

A tango of identity

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