Susan and God
By Rachel Crothers
Directed by Jonathan Bank
June 6th 2006 through July 30th 2006
The Mint Theater
311 West 43rd St, 3rd floor
“Surprisingly up-to-date, fast-paced, and engaging,”1 declared the New York Times of Rachel Crothers’ neglected masterwork, SUSAN AND GOD. The 2006 production reclaimed Crothers as the “first lady” of American playwrights and was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts: Mint’s first.
Written in 1937, SUSAN AND GOD is a glittering comedy of a socialite who has found religion but lost herself. A story of a woman who proselytizes to friends while ignoring her troubled family, the play’s initial run starring Gertrude Lawrence lasted 288 performances. In 1943, the play was selected to open City Center.
“A major event, a pitch-perfect production of a 69-year-old play whose subject matter is so modern in flavor that it could have been written last week….a brilliant revival of a play that never should have been forgotten in the first place—just the sort of thing for which the Mint Theater Company is rightly renowned,”2 wrote Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal. Teachout named SUSAN AND GOD one of 2006’s top ten productions.
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- Susan Trexel Leslie Hendrix
- Barrie Trexel Timothy Deenihan
- Blossom Trexel Jennifer Blood
- Irene Burroughs Opal Alladin
- Michael O’Hara Al Sapienza
- Charlotte Marley Katie Firth
- Hutchins Stubbs Anthony Newfield
- Leonora Stubbs Heidi Armbruster / Jordan Simmons
- Clyde Rochester Alex Cranmer
- Leeds Mathieu Cornillon
- Set Design Nathan Heverin
- Lighting Design Josh Bradford
- Costume Design Clint Ramos
- Sound Design Jane Shaw
- Properties Design Scott Brodsky
- Dramaturgy Heather J. Violanti
Stuart Howard, Amy Schecter & Paul Hardt
- Production Stage Manager Jennifer Grutza
- Assistant Stage Manager Sara Kmack
- Press Representative David Gersten & Associates
- Graphics Hey Jude Design, Inc.
PANEL DISCUSSION ON AMERICAN WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS
Three distinguished scholars discuss the work and careers of Rachel Crothers and other significant American women such as Susan Glaspell, Lillian Hellman, Sophie Treadwell, etc.
Judith Barlow, editor of Plays By American Women: 1900-1930, and Plays By American Women: 1930-1960. Professor at SUNY Albany.
Brenda Murphy, editor of The Cambridge Companion to American Women Playwrights and a professor at the University of CT.
J. Ellen Gainor, author of The Plays of Susan Glaspell: A Contextual Study and a professor at Cornell U.
SHARON FRIEDMAN: SUSAN AND GOD IN CONTEXT
Sharon Friedman is a Professor at NYU in the Gallatin School. Her publications related to women and theatre include “Feminism as Theme in Twentieth-Century American Drama” in American Studies. Dr. Friedman discusses Susan and God in the context of Crothers’ overall body of work.
ANNE SHEFFIELD: GROWING UP WITH RACHEL CROTHERS
Anne Sheffield shares her childhood reminiscences of summers spent in Connecticut with Crothers. Sheffield’s grandmother was Rachel’s long-time companion and Anne is now executor of the Crothers’ estate.