Alumni Playwright2008 -- 2015
Susan Mosakowski is a playwright, director, and Co-Artistic Director of Creation Production Company, an interdisciplinary New York theatre company. Early works include: White/Black, (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin), The Commie Stories (Performance Space 122), and Ice Station Zebra (Ohio Theatre). Commissions from the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival followed with the premieres of Locofoco, The Tight Fit, and Cities Out of Print, later presented at Manhattan Theatre Club. Exploring the intersection of theatre and the visual arts resulted in a trilogy of works based on Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass. The Bride and Her Extra-rapid Exposure and The Bachelor Machine were commissioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The final work, The Rotary Notary and His Hot Plate, in collaboration with architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, was commissioned and presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their International Duchamp Centennial. Later plays include: Harry and the Cannibals (La MaMa), Nighttown (The Flea), Third Rail Quill, commissioned by the Working Theater, Man-Made (Ohio Theatre), A World Apart (The Flea), Finding Victoria commissioned by The People's Light and Theatre Company, and Escape, presented at La MaMa for their 50th Anniversary Season in 2012. Choreographic projects include The Tower with Matthew Maguire and Glenn Branca for the Walker Art Center, and Molière’s comedy-ballet The Imaginary Invalid for the Long Beach Opera (CA). Her awards include a Rockefeller Playwriting Fellowship, a National Endowment Playwriting Fellowship, three Northwest Area Fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a J.M. Kaplan Fund grant, and numerous foundation and NYSCA grants. She was recently awarded a 2014 BAU/Camargo Fellowship in Cassis, France. Her published works include The Tight Fit and Cities Out of Print in the Padua anthologies: Best of the West and Plays from the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a member of the Dramatists Guild, a producer of audio books for the New York Public Library, and she is on faculty of The School of Visual Arts.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro by Edward Dimendberg (University of Chicago Press) chronicles the history of these extraordinary architects. Included in this monograph is my theatrework, The Rotary Notary and His Hot Plate based on Marcel Duchamp’s LARGE GLASS. Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were my collaborators and designed the sets and costumes for the work that was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for their Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp. What a joy it was to work with these brilliant architects.
ESCAPE opens at La MaMa, June 7th -24th
In rehearsals with an incredible cast and director! It's happening!
A new play by Susan Mosakowski
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Set Design by Lauren Helpern
Lighting Design by Traci Klainer Polimeni
Costumes by Sarah J. Holden
Sound by Bart Fasbender
Stage Manager: Michelle Kelleher
ASM: Brandon Stock
Carlo Albán, Lauren Fortgang, Susan Louise O’Connor, Ted Schneider, John Sharian, and Samantha Soule