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Susan Shafer’s award-winning plays have been performed in theaters, JCCs, and synagogues across the country, from Nantucket to Boca Raton to San Diego.
Dr. Shafer, a graduate of Columbia University’s Teachers College, is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatists Guild, The Authors Guild, and The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).
Shafer’s latest full-length play, The Mah Jong Chronicles, set in Brooklyn and the Catskills in the 1950s and 60s, is about four housewives who put aside their weekly Mah Jong game to secretly create a magazine about sex and romance. At the heart of the play is the story of the women’s friendship. The full length is based on a one-act, Catch the Mah Jong Beat! that was produced at Manhattan Repertory Theater in NYC.
In addition to the play, Dr. Shafer has written a graphic novel of the same name, and is currently submitting the play, and the novel, to theaters and publishers.
Shafer is also the author of eight articles for ASJA, ﬁve plays for children, and two best-selling books for teachers.
A sampling of Shafer’s Jewish plays
Ten Minute Plays
THE BLIND DATE
A young Jewish couple is at odds on their first date, until they realize they have an interest in something odd. (1m, 1 f)
An elderly Jewish man and his son disagree about the son’s choice of a bride. (2m)
I DO, I DO!
Set in 1845, a Jewish bigamist is confronted in court by his two wives. (2m, 2 f)
MISHEGAS IN THE POKEY
In this humorous piece, two Jewish inmates in Sing Sing make up fictitious Jewish holidays as a way of getting out of their cells. (3 m)
Two men in a deli in Boca disagree about whose cantor is the better singer. (2 m)
LOU BITTERMAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW
A timid young woman consults a personal injury lawyer after she’s hurt in an accident. Does he give her ethical advice? (1 m, 1f)
One Act plays
PASS THE HORSERADISH
A young woman befriends a grumpy senior in a hospital emergency room. Will he accept her invitation to Passover dinner? (1 m, 1f)
PASSOVER IN PARAMUS
On Passover, an incorrigible old man refuses to enter the house of a friendly young woman, until a clever cousin intervenes. (2m, 1f)
Does the lonely widower find love at the Passover dinner? (2m, 2 f)
The above three plays can be presented individually or as a 3-act evening of about one hour.
CATCH THE MAH JONG BEAT!
Set in a Catskills bungalow colony in the 1950s, four women argue over a Mah Jong rule. Dance and arguments ensue! Described by The Jewish Times as “Great!” (4 f)
SADIE AND IDA
Two elderly roommates face a crisis when a letter arrives from the landlord. (2 f)
THE MAH JONG CHRONICLES
Set in Brooklyn and the Catskills in the 1950s and 60s, four women put aside their usual Tuesday night Mah Jong game to secretly create a magazine about sex and romance. (5 f, 1 m)