Recent Projects

Like many of my fellow (and “girl-fellow”) actors, I am in the process of making what I hope will be a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its protocols. While most of us were confined to our Zoom-screens, I was lucky enough to appear in two full-length theatrical productions. The first was FAILURE: A LOVE STORY, with the Governors State University Theatre Department; it’s the singular story of the daughters of the Fail family of Chicago and the men who love them; I was Marietta Fail, the family matriarch, and after her untimely demise, a member of the ensemble. The second role was Mrs. Tottendale in the Virtual Venue Theatricals production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, with a cast that spanned the globe – or at least the part of it from the US West Coast to the UK. I did love playing that not-quite-with-it lady. I also had the opportunity to be part of a number of Zoom readings, including THE MUSIC MAN, GROUNDHOG DAY, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

Now I’m back on the audition trail, still looking forward to my first onstage (or screen) post-COVID performance.

In the meantime, I’ve continued my work as a professional holiday caroler with Christmas Matters, and more recently with The Christmas Carolers. So I can safely say that it is possible to sing through a KN-95 mask. I was also selected as High Holy Days cantorial soloist at Temple Micah of Lawrenceville (NJ) in 2022, and will be singing with them again this year.

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Susan Cohen DeStefano