Susanna in the Garden

Choctaw, Oklahoma

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Classical, Timeless                          

Situation: This spoken-word poetry is inspired by the apocryphal account of an attempted rape, frequently depicted in artwork such as Susanna and the Elders by Sebastiano Ricci. In the poem, Susanna describes what really happened and complains about the way she is portrayed by male artists.

Subject Matter: Sexual Assault, Sexuality, Bodily Integrity, Injustice, Justice, Sex Discrimination, Victim's Rights, Susanna and the Elders

Note from Playwright: In the apocryphal story of Susanna and the Elders, Susanna is the victim of an attempted sexual assault by two men. Susanna successfully fights off the men, who then accuse her of cheating on her husband. She is called before the counsel, and only a child stands up for her, saving her from likely death by stoning.

For centuries, Susanna has been a popular subject of numerous paintings and other artwork. Yet, despite her obvious strength – both her physical strength and strength of character - she is invariably portrayed as weak at best. In this spoken-word poem, Susanna responds to these circumstances.

Supplemental Information: To see the painting Susanna and the Elders by Sebastiano Ricci which inspired this monologue, please visit this link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sebastiano_Ricci_059.jpg

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  • Source
    Stand-Alone Monologue, Poem
  • Character Age
    Young Adult (18-21), Adult 20-30, Adult 30-40, Adult 40-50, Adult 50-60
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Female
  • Character Ethnicity
    Universal
  • Genre
    Poem
  • Period
    Classical, Pre-Contemporary, Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min or less
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Male
  • Writer Ethnicity
    Jewish, White
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