Susan I Weinstein's ETHER: The Strange Afterlife of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was presented Dec 19-22nd 2019 at IRT Theatre in the 3B residency program for experimental work. Marcus Gualberto directed. Link to video of Ether at I.R.T. Theater.
THE WAPSHOT WHATEVER: The Secret Lives of Computer Programs showcase 2018 on Dixon Place Mainstage (directed by Vincent Sandvoort) May Day-1 night 2018. Vimeo exists. Her 2014 Adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" was produced at ToyKraft in Williamsberg, directed by Charlie Kanev w/music by Rima Fand.
EARLY WORK Susan's lingo play, RABIES was a staged reading by A.C.T. at Squaw Valley, directed by Ed Hastings. "Stakes," a vampire play, led to a playwriting scholarship at University of Iowa. She developed WHITE-WALLED BABES at The Public Theater, performed at Trinity Rep. Her green card play, “Something About that Face,” was selected by Samuel French, produced at The Harold Clurman Theater (directed by Brian Mertes) Other plays, developed at Playwrights Continuum, "Vagus", "The Media Play." Susan is the author of three books published in 2016-18 by Pelekinesis Press--The Anarchist's Girlfirend, Paradise Gardens, Tales of the Mer Family Onyx. Originally from Phila., Susan attended Temple Univ.'s Tyler School of Art and earned a BFA in sculpture. She lives in NYC.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
FB: Susan Weinstein (PR specialist, writer, painter, playwright)
MORE ABOUT ME
In 2019 I was gratified, when we lost ETHER's essential visuals on opening night. The director looked at me in surprise and said "the script works!" WHITE WALLED BABES changed my life. It was selected from an anonymous Public Theater WKSHP one of 4 scripts to be presented to Mr. Papp. I was the sole woman and sexism in the workshop process proved devastating. After my entire cast was fired by the workshop director, I had to drop out, though at 25 it was everything to me. 1981, it was finally performed bare bones at 2 small places. But It was a feminist play, written in “lingo, slang verse,” and people were moved, thought it revolutionary. I learned to stick w/the vision. I would change in theater (besides sexism, ageism) the fixity of style in U.S. plays produced. Stuck in actors' studio 1950s' realism. If you write in another style, the play's disregarded. "Camino Real," rarely produced, is my favorite Williams' (Hamilton is an exception). I would like artistic directors to know I am a mature, not developing, playwright. A lot of stories now focus on victimization. I want to tell stories about the future, after this scary era. I keep doing theater because the work stops time, making meanings of life-- for a couple hours.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I would still like ETHER to finally have a showcase, and Wapshot Whatever to find another night. So I send these scripts out. I am working on a new play about Mars in the reading stages, People have found it intriguing. I want to have it done by Spring. I have a lifetime of scripts, all with staged readings, some productions. My life dream is a Signature Theater retrospective. But since I am obscure, that seems unlikely. Meantime, I am assembling paper and floppies to convert to modern formats and send out. Never know...
Political, Science Fiction, Visual, Psychological mystery, Computer fantasy, mystic, biography