If Susan Smith Could Talk

by  Elaine Romero

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

If Susan Smith Could Talk tells the story of a mother appealing her death sentence to a court room after drowning her children in the family car. 

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If Susan Smith Could Talk

by  Elaine Romero

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

If Susan Smith Could Talk tells the story of a mother appealing her death sentence to a court room after drowning her children in the family car. 
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: A court room/execution room. An electric chair sits in the center. The judge sits to one side. The attorney's sit at tables on the opposite sides of the electric chair.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 3f
SUSAN SMITH -  The young South Carolina mother who drowned her two children in the family car
CARRIE - A judge
STEPH - Susan's white, feminist defense attorney
JERRY - A male African-American prosecuting attorney
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero’s plays (Barrio Hollywood, iCuranderas! Serpents of the Clouds, Walk into the Sea, Something Rare and Wonderful, Alicia, Undocumented, Secret Things, The Fat-Free Chicana and the Snow Cap Queen, ...

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If Susan Smith Could Talk was first workshopped and performed in November 1995 in a non-equity production at the Planet Earth Multi-Cultural Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. It was directed by Rick Tobin. 

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