Susan Cheever to Discuss Background of Off-Broadway's Susan and God July 9

News   Susan Cheever to Discuss Background of Off-Broadway's Susan and God July 9 Susan Cheever will discuss Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and his roots in the Oxford Group—the movement that was Rachel Crothers' inspiration for her play Susan and God, now running at the Mint Theatre—on July 9.

The event will take place at the Mint Theatre on W. 43rd Street in Manhattan directly after the Sunday matinee performance.

Cheever is the author of "My Name is Bill," a biography of Bill Wilson. She is on the faculty of the Bennington College MFA program and has taught at Yale and the New School. She has written five novels and four memoirs, and is a daughter of author John Cheever.

The Mint Theatre Company's production of Crothers' 1937 work Susan and God recently extended its run Off-Broadway by two weeks to July 30.

The show began previews on June 6 and opened on June 18. Artistic director Jonathan Bank directs.

Susan and God features Opal Alladin, Jennifer Blood, Matthieu Cornillon, Alex Cranmer, Timothy Deenihan, Katie Firth, Leslie Hendrix, Anthony Newfield, Al Sapienza and Jordan Simmons. The play is about "the endearingly selfish Susan, a socialite who embraces a new religious philosophy while abroad and returns home eager to change everyone around her." Her husband takes her preaching to heart, and tries to improve himself. When "confronted with her husband’s sincere efforts, Susan must learn the difference between public facade and personal faith."

The play's initial run lasted 288 performances on Broadway.

Rachel Crothers lived from 1878 to 1958. She contributed 24 full-length plays to the New York stage during her career. Between 1906 and 1937, she saw close to 30 of her plays produced on Broadway. Her first success was The Three of Us. Her final play on Broadway was Susan and God, starring Gertrude Lawrence in the title role. She was also an actress and playwright, who often directed her own work.