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A scene from Just a Bus Driver by Susan Middaugh
A scene from Just a Bus Driver produced by Urban Waves at the Open Hydrant Theater Company, Bronx, NY 2016.

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The cast of Just a Bus Driver Carrboro, NC 2016
The cast of Just a Bus Driver, produced by Artscenterlive during 10x10 in the Triangle, Carrboro, NC 2016

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About Susan

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The Theatrical Mining Company has produced two of Susan Middaugh's full length plays,  A Modern Pas De Deux and Black Widows as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Lazy Bee Scripts has published two of her short plays, A Table for Two and Just a Bus Driver.  Fifteen of her short plays have had productions by 26 theaters in the United States, Canada and England. The theaters, most but not all of them community theaters, include Single Carrot, SourceTheatre, Stone Soup, Arena Players... more

Black Widows

You can read the script in the text file attached. Here is a synopsis of my full-length play, Black Widows:

This is a cautionary tale about two Los Angeles women in their 70s who are crooks. The play opens as Vera Krabitz and Gwen Halsted are stealing cash and credit cards from hotel locker rooms. Gwen is afraid of getting caught and suggests they come up with a new scam. Shortly thereafter, Vera and Gwen befriend a couple of homeless men they meet through a church soup kitchen. They give the men a place to live, take out multiple life insurance policies on them and name themselves as beneficiaries, then wait for the men to die. Until one day, Vera becomes impatient.
With doubling, the cast may be reduced to six: 3m, 3w.

Queen for a Day

10-minute play, 2 characters: 1m, 1w; butler has a British accent

In an auction Holly wins a butler for a day. He starts to serve her breakfast in bed -- until the action veers off in an unexpected direction.

It's My Party!

10-minute play, 3characters, simple set

Connie, a suburban woman, gets picked up for the first time for drug possession. Sharing a room with her at the jail intake center is a prostitute named Crystal. Each woman wants to get out on bail, but only one will. Except for their addiction and a fondness for the same pair of shoes, they appear to be very different. Will they find their common humanity?

  • Synopsis of It's My Party!

    The full script is in the first text file on the left.

    Connie, a suburban woman, gets picked up for the first time for drug possession. Sharing a room with her at the jail intake center is a prostitute named Crystal. Each woman wants to get out on bail, but only one will. Except for their addiction and a fondness for the same pair of shoes, they appear to be very different. Will they find their common humanity?
    Cast: 3w

    Microsoft Office document icon Synopsis of It's My Party!

Table for Two

comedy, 10-minute play, minimal set

A middle-aged woman is having a hard time getting a table for one in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday night. While she waits patiently in the queue, a series of couples behind her in line get a table before she does. Frustrated, she resorts to drastic measures.

  • Table for Two, a 10-minute comedy

    The script for this short play is in the first text file on the left.

    Here is a synopsis:
    A middle-aged woman is having a hard time getting a table for one in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday night. While she waits patiently in the queue, a series of couples behind her in line get a table before she does. Frustrated, she resorts to drastic measures.

    4m, 4w, simple set

    PDF icon Table for Two, a 10-minute comedy

Such Good Neighbors

short play, drama, 10 minutes

An elderly couple are awakened in the middle of the night by their next-door neighbors who are having an argument. The wife becomes intrigued, the husband wants to distract her from listening. This 10-minute play has two characters: 1m, 1f and a simple set.

A Modern Pas De Deux

  • A Modern Pas De Deux

    The script for this full-length dramatic comedy is in the first text file on the left.

    Here is a synopsis;
    A Modern Pas de Deux is a dramatic comedy about a middle-aged man and woman who meet by accident at a singlesâ?? dance.

    Pickles Amalfitano and Paul Quinn's romance reflects man and woman's yearning to find the right partner in life. Paul, a 48-year-old bachelor, has dated many women, but he hasn't loved any of them. Pickles, 50, a self-employed house painter, believes that sculpting will fulfill her.

    Are they too set in their ways to acknowledge their need for one another? Will an irascible bartender, who considers himself a love coach, have an impact on Paulâ??s decision? Will Picklesâ??s sister Belle persuade her to go out with Paul? What will happen to Pickles when Belle goes to Israel?

    A Modern Pas De Deux has five characters: 2m, 3w. The settings are a room off a dance floor, a sculptor's studio, and a neighborhood bar.

    Production History

    An earlier version of this play was developed at Sewanee Playwrights Conference, University of the South, with Daisy Foote, Summer 2001

    Continued to develop this play with director Paul Berman, Baltimore, 2003-2005

    Produced by Vagabond Players, Baltimore, MD, Summer 2006, as part of the 25th anniversary of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, six performances. Vagabond Players is a community (non-Equity) theater.

    Microsoft Office document icon A Modern Pas De Deux
  • Flyer promoting production of this play in 2006

    This flyer promoted production of my play by the Vagabond Players as part of the 25th Baltimore Playwrights Festival in the summer of 2006.

    Directed by Barry Feinstein
    Cast:
    Pickles:Peggy Dorsey
    Paul:Steve Lichtenstein
    George: Archie Williams
    Belle: Helenmary Ball
    Sandy: Adele Russell

    Stage manager: Donnie Lewis
    Set Designer: Roger McDonald
    Choreographer: Carolyn Walter

    PDF icon Flyer promoting production of this play in 2006
  • A review of A Modern Pas De Deux

    This review of my play appeared in the Towson Times in 2006 in conjunction with the production at Vagabond Players in the summer of 2006, the 25th anniversary of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.

    PDF icon A review of A Modern Pas De Deux
  • A reading of A Modern Pas De Deux

    This reading of my play took place on March 18, 2006 at Fells Point Corner Theater in Baltimore. On the basis of this reading, the play qualified for a production that summer at Vagabond Players as part of the 25th Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Director: Harriet Lynn Audio by Terry Kenney

Suite 510

A woman writer is working in her office late at night. An Intruder knocks on her door and insists that she open the door. This man proceeds to terrorize her and accuses her of killing his sister in a hit-and-run accident.

Two characters: 1M, 1F

Set requirements: a desk, a door, and a few simple office props

Hooked: Anybody's Child

Hooked: Anybody's Child, a docu-drama, tells the true stories of men and women affected by the substance abuse crisis. Ranging in age from 20s to 70s, they include those who were addicted and are now in recovery, others who overdosed and died, and the parents of those who struggled with them. Each of these short scenes, called "glimpses," is based on personal interviews that I did in 2018 in cities and suburbs in Maryland: Parkton, Ellicott City, Columbia, Roland Park and other parts of Baltimore, Lanham, Silver Spring, Easton, Catonsville. But they could take place anywhere in the U.S.

When I Fall in Love, It Will Be...

Two devoted spouses of dementia patients strike up an unlikely friendship after they discover what's been going on at their spouse's assisted living facility. A 10-minute play with 2 characters: 1m, 1w.

Does Your Dick Work?

Although the desire for romance may be universal, Jack Durso, a 28 year old computer geek, has a more difficult time than most men his age. Jack has cerebral palsy, limited use of one hand, is subject to spasms and uses a wheelchair. But he's determined to succeed even if he has to hire a call girl and a sexual surrogate to gain experience and confidence. Throughout, Max, his personal care attendant and an amateur boxer, is in his corner. A full length play.

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