THE STARTSusan Parker's first encounter with theatre was at age seven, when she sat in the audience watching a children's theatre production at the Racine Theatre Guild, in Wisconsin. The memories of those children's plays, and “Packy” the mascot elephant, who introduced them, was the beginning of what she calls “The magic of theatre.” Thirty years later, she was reintroduced to that magic, not as an audience member, but backstage. From technical assistant to make-up coordinator, she enjoyed it all.
ONCE BITTENA short time later, after working backstage on a musical production, Susan was encouraged to audition for the show Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Surprisingly, at what she calls, the ripe old age of 35, she found herself in front of an audience in a role where she played a seven-year-old to a mature adult. The acting bug attacked, and in the very next play, A Thousand Clowns, she was cast in the leading female role opposite her son. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity made this play a very memorable one for her.
THE LOVEOver the following years, while raising three wonderful children and teaching elementary school, she continued to participate in theatre, both on and off stage. On August 1, 2000, she auditioned for the play The Sensuous Senator, written and directed by Michael Parker. She remembers this date as it was the first time she had ever met an actual playwright. Michael cast her in the pivotal role of Fiona, the call girl from the Capitol Escort Agency. Her biggest concern was how she was going to explain playing the role of a high-class hooker to her 4th grade students. She was then invited by Michael to play the role of Suzy Legere in his world premier of Who's In Bed With The Butler? in California, in which his was the role of the butler. At the end of this play, Suzy ends up with the butler, and in real life, Susan ended up with Michael. They were married on South Venice beach in Florida in 2004, where they reside part of the year.
THE PLAYWRIGHTShortly after getting married, Michael asked Susan if she wanted to try writing a farce together. During the collaborative effort of co-authoring their first play, Sin, Sex & the CIA, in 2006, Susan realized she had a lot of wonderful ideas for characters and plots, but was clueless on how to write effective dialogue. She will forever be thankful for Michael's patience and direction. Since then, she has mastered the art of dialogue and they have co-authored six more plays, all published by the Samuel French imprint of Concord Theatricals: Sex Please We're Sixty, What Is Susan's Secret?, Sex Please, We're Sixty: The Musical (Music by Bobby Brader), Money Matters, Love, Lies & the Doctor's Dilemma and their latest, Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses. Although no longer involved behind or on stage, Susan loves working side-by-side creating new plays for the theatre with her husband and best friend, Michael. And when she gets the opportunity to be in the audience of one of her plays, listening to the laughter, she can't help but think, “Let the magic begin!”
Michael Parker, Susan Parker
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