In the year 2000, the Oklahoma Repertory Theatre Company (OK Rep!) held a national contest for a new play, and Suzanne’s entry, “Ragnarok” won. This led to production by OK Rep!, and an Honorable Mention in the 2001 Jane Chambers Award, plus inclusion in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Research Institute’s “Sisters: New Work from the International Centre for Women Playwrights.”
The Oklahoma Repertory Theatre Company produced the commissioned full-length play “Eros,” performed at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Performing Arts Center in 2002.
THE GODDESS SPEAKS and LUCY
A joint collaboration composed of historical monologues, was also produced by OK Rep!. One of Suzanne’s 6 Monologues, LUCY, about a Shaker Woman in the mid 1800’s, was published in "Singular Voices: Monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights," Edited by Ellen Margolis, by JAC Publishing in 2008. You can buy the book here.
The success of Suzanne's play productions paved the way for her to attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2003 as a Tennessee Williams Scholar, working with Romulus Linney and Dan O’Brien.
The time at Sewanee resulted in a radio play, called STORMCHASERS, an old-fashioned style radio play with numerous sound effects performed on the stage by a team; think marbles dropping into a coffee can for hail, all great fun. STORMCHASERS was broadcast live by NPR affiliate KWGS.
ALOHA NUI, a ten-minute play, was produced during OK Rep!’s 24 Hour Play Festival. It has been employed as a teaching play for theatre students, and produced again in Brattleboro Vermont, 2008. Another ten-minute play DON'T GO was created and produced during the Tulsa Experimental Theatre’s 24 Hour Play Festival. Likewise, a commissioned short play SECRETS OF THE SUITCASE produced by Theatre Pops Summerstage 2005.
Suzanne also wrote and performed YONU REDUX for the ‘Women’s Monologue’ for the V-Day production of “The Vagina Monologues” at Tulsa University in 2003.
Here is the script for Suzanne’s 10 minute play for 3 actors, ALOHA NUI.