Susan Barsky’s full-length works include Expectations which was produced at numerous regional and summer stock theatres including Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Queens Theatre in the Park, Stamford Center for the Arts, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Theatre, and the Cape Playhouse. She received a 2005 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for her play Owed to My First Love which was produced at the Stamford Fringe Festival and Premiere Stages Play Festival. Her play The D Word had a workshop production at the Stamford Fringe Festival. Her play The Seeds of Greed was the first-prize winner of the Great Platte River Playwrights Festival. Her play Payback’s A Bitch was recently part of Philly Footlights Series at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia. Her one-act play The Jeter Report was produced at The Algonquin Seaport Theater as part of the Derek Jeter play festival. Her one-act play Mr. X was produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Chatham Playhouse. Her other one-act plays, Horse Sense, Luther, and Fowl Play were produced at Triangle Theatre’s Beast Festival. Fowl Play was also part of Manhattan Theatre Source’s Estrogenius Festival. Her play CRAP was the first-prize winner of Perishable Theatre's One-Act Playwriting Festival, and was a finalist at Love Creek's One-Act Festival. Susan studied with playwriting master, Milan Stitt, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and Theatre Communications Group.
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Time has passed. Della and Jim, the young couple from O. Henry's short story, are now elderly. At their yearly Christmas Eve visit to a simple coffee shop, they encounter a melancholy woman. Touched by her sadness, they tell their story in a flashback scene of their first Christmas together when they each sold their most precious possession to buy the other a present. That experience changed forever their idea of buying expensive Christmas gifts. Instead they exchange the most priceless of all, love.