Susan Rubin has spent her life saying what’s on her mind.
Susan Rubin has been writing and producing plays for 20 years. Her work has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, and Cuba, and her works have been produced at the New York Theater Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where she was in residence for 6 years, and LA’s Bootleg and Circle X theaters. Rubin has written nine fully produced plays winning recognition from the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly and prestigious Garland and Ovation awards, and she received 20 years of support and commissions from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles.
Rubin’s writing talents range broad and deep: She has written 25 documentaries, seen by thousands on college campuses and through screenings by organizations (and at the White House Commission on the Status of Women), on topics like domestic violence, early and forced marriage, untested rape kits and women’s reproductive rights and other feminist subjects—but her Funny or Die sketches have also survived to amuse readers for nearly a decade.
In 1998, Rubin also began writing videos for the Feminist Majority on issues like the killing of abortion doctors and the rise of violence against women that told brutal truths, but were balanced for Susan by by the comedy, magic, music, and surrealism of her original plays produced by Indecent Exposure Theater Company and her pieces for Ms. Magazine online, which give her access to a large audience and the space to tackle difficult issues with her characteristic irony and humor. Susan’s Ms. pieces also generated an original web series, Vagina Dialogues, which leveraged wacky webisodes to explore topics like Designer Vaginas, Toe Chopping, the polite use of Anal Beads, and more.
Susan’s first novel, The Road Not Taken, came out on September 4.