by  Selina Fillinger

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

Susie Glenn, a white eighteen-year-old from the Chicago suburbs, was arrested at O’Hare International Airport for conspiring with ISIS. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Susie Glenn, a white eighteen-year-old from the Chicago suburbs, was arrested at O’Hare International Airport for conspiring with ISIS. Recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim Claire Fathi has been brought on to prosecute. Inspired by real court cases, Selina Fillinger’s crackling drama looks at two women fighting for justice in a world gripped by fear. 

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“Fillinger can really tell a story. You can see that she can pack more moment-by-moment tension into a play than most playwrights ever manage in their careers.” - Chicago Tribune

“The play is well-made, well-structured, and well-paced to a degree that’s rare in a professional debut. And like all great debuts, Faceless will leave you eagerly waiting to see what Fillinger does next.” - Time Out Chicago

“As relevant as the plot is to today’s political world, the timeless themes of identity and self-discovery offered here will undoubtedly resonate well past the current president’s term.” - New City

“Exceptional. Faceless tells a compelling story that forces us to think about who we label as ‘other’ [...] You will be talking about this show long after you leave the theatre.” - Performink


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission


3m, 2f

CLAIRE FATHI (pronounced FAH-Tee): 30. Father Iranian, mother French. Wears a headscarf.

SUSIE GLENN: 18. White. Wears a headscarf.

SCOTT BADER: White. Federal prosecutor.

MARK ARENBERG: White. Defense attorney.

ALAN GLENN: White. Susie’s father.

FACELESS MAN: An obscured figure, a looming silhouette, or a disembodied voice. Ideally voiced/portrayed in rotation by the three male actors. The voice should be pleasant, neutral, and without any kind of dialect.

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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting



Selina Fillinger

Selina Fillinger’s plays include FACELESS (Northlight Theatre premiere, Jeff Award-nominated; Zeitgeist Theatre; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Park Theatre in London) and THE ARMOR PLAYS: CINCHED/STRAPPED (Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative; Alley All New Festival; Theatre Three). CINCHED/STRAPPED is the 2019 re ...

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