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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.  Next Stage Press has published Black Widows. Seventeen of her short plays have had productions by 34 theaters in the United States, Canada and England. The theaters, most but not all of them community theaters, include Single... 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.

Feeble-Minded White Trash

During the late 1920s in rural southern Virginia, Hattie Clawson, an illiterate laundress with two illegitimate children, one of them black, hasn't heard of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes or his majority opinion in the landmark case Buck vs. Bell. But she will feel the impact of the court's decision when the Commonwealth of Virginia forces her to unergo an involuntary sterilization, severs her parental rights and takes her children away. What will she and her children do to survive in a society preoccupied with race and class? Will the stigma ever go away?

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!

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.

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

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.

Hooked: Anybody's Child

Based on personal interviews, this docu-drama shares the true stories of men and women affected by the substance abuse crisis. They include those who are addicted and are now in recovery, others who overdosed and died and the parents of those who struggled with them. The play features men and women who are white and black, who live in the inner city as well as the suburbs, who are poor and others who earn a good income. Although the individuals live in Maryland, their stories are universal. 

Consumer Confidence

A convenience store clerk insists that all sales are final when his former elementary school teacher requests a refund. Will she persuade him otherwise when she wants to return a package of condoms?

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