Stephanie Satie is an actor/playwright who often writes plays that explore the way refugees and immigrants respond to disruption and relocation. She’s written and performed three critically acclaimed solo plays – “Refugees,” published by Samuel French, “Silent Witnesses,” based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust (multiple award winner) and “Coming to America,” monologues of 10 women asylum seekers. Other plays include “Leon’s Dictionary,” that was a semifinalist in 2006 at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and a finalist at Ashland’s New Play Festival, Icicle Creek and the Princess Grace Award. It is set in the early 1990s in Ukraine as the Soviet Union crumbles. Stephanie divides her time between writing and performing. Other plays include “Say Goodnight George – the Final Episode,” inspired by George Burns and Gracie Allen, and a departure from her usual subjects. Her most recent play is “The Martyr of Moscow,” propelled by the assassination of independent Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya.
During the pandemic, she completed a quasi-memoir, “Postcards from the Old Country, Brooklyn,” several essays and stories that appeared in anthologies, and wrote a short film that was a semi-finalist at the Prague short film festival, “Ukrainian Railroad Ladies Waiting for the Call,” and a short play that will be read in March in N.Y.C. by Women in the Arts and Media Coalition.
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As I’ve been going to the theatre since I was a very young girl, I think seeing “West Side Story” first blew me away. Then several years later, maybe just a few years after my father had died, I saw George C. Scott in Death of a Salesman and found myself lost in grief, remorse as animal noises burst out of me. Then seeing Helen Mirren, Joan Plowright and Frank Finley in the Seagull my first time in London. I think seeing For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf changed the way I saw theatre, what was possible how one could merge movement and words in a new way. And Company – how could he say those things we all feel? How audacious.
I think I overcome disappointment by returning to the work, whether it’s acting or writing or getting deliciously lost in research for a new project.
My favorite thing to do when I’m not writing is studying other languages and traveling and of course, visiting my friends, the paintings in museums all over the world. I also love hiking with my husband and our dog and going to see theatre, film and dance.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
A Flamenco-Jewish tragic love story
solo plays, documentary theatre, refugee and immigrant women, Jewish, Russian interest
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