SUSAN I. WEINSTEIN
Susan Weinstein graduated from Temple's Tyler School of Art w/a BFA in Sculpture. While an undergrad, she created an art povero performance piece, "Plays Without Words", that was presented at Sara Lawrence College. She went to San Francisco in the late 70's and independently studied play structure, as well as method acting at Berkeley Stage Co. Her scripts were read in Bay area workshops, such as The Eureka Theater and her language play, "Rabies", was produced by A.C.T. at Squaw Valley, directed by Ed Hastings. "Stakes," a vampire play about psychological vampires, led toa scholarship to the MFA playwriting program at University of Iowa. During that year she worked on Gribiche, based on a Colette story, critiqued by Robert Anderson.
In New York , she developed a play, "White Walled Babes", at The Public Theater, selected for a workshop w/Ed Bullins. hat play was produced at Trinity Rep, directed by Susan Smyth. In the 80's, her green card play, “Something About that Face,” was selected by Samuel French for the Double Image Play Festival. Manhattan Class Company director Brian Mertzes directed at the Harold Clurman Theater. Other plays were developed at Playwrights Continuum, a cooperative t workshop that met at the Associated Blind. Her plays include "Vagus", about two sisters in Las Vegas, and "Ether,"an early version of The Strange Afterlife of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That play was finished in 2015.
Susan’s 2014 play, "The Wapshot Whatever", a short language play from the viewpoint of computer programs, was selected for Truant Arts reading series. In 2014, her adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" (for adults and older children) was produced in Williamsberg in a Bunraku version directed by Charlie Kanev w/music by Rima Fand. She is working on an adaptation of Thumbelina.
Currently, Susan is developing "The Making of ADD/ADHD". Her novels, The Anarchist’s girlfriend" and "Paradise Gardens" are being published by California publisher Pelekinesis in New Editions Dec 2016-2017. Also to be a New Edition is "Tales of the Mer Family Onyx." Doing public relations is Susan's day job. She has done decades of campaigns on books an arts. She initiated a "Plays are Literature" campaign executed on a grant for TCG. The work succeeded in a review for the script of "Angels in America, Part 2" in the Los Angeles Times. She also has reviewed plays for The Christian Science Monitor. Her book review blog is www.notanotherbookreview.blogspot.com.
Unique traits: 2 published novels and mermaid stories, produced playwright, painter,, philosopher (amateur), adapted classic Anderson fairytales