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Meet ‘Hush Up Sweet Charlotte’ actor Sue Schaffel


Lab Theater opens its 2018-2019 season with the summer sensation, Hush Up Sweet Charlotte, a drag-tastic spoof of the eponymous film starring Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. Playing the part of Velna is Sue Schaffel.

Sue is an accomplished EMC actor based in Washington, D.C. She just finished understudying at Studio Theatre for its run of The Wolves. Other theater credits include Harvey (Mrs. Chumley), I Don’t Know What’s Weird (Rebecca), Dancing at Midnight (Elizabeth), The Store (Selma), Other Desert Cities (Polly), Interconnected (Ginger), Crazy in the Family (Joanne), How to Score (Bonnie), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Esther), The Actor’s Nightmare (Ellen), Three Questions (Brenda) and Beyond Therapy (Charlotte).

Her performance in Harvey in particular drew a number of highly favorable reviews:

  • My favorite performance of the evening was Sue Schaffel’s, who plays Betty Chumley, the kind (if somewhat daft) wife of Dr. Chumley. Breathy and birdlike, her sweet and gullible nature is nicely honed by Schaffel. Julia Exline, DC Metro Theatre Arts
  • Sue Schaffel (Betty Chumley) is sweet and quirky as Dr. Chumley’s wife. Schaffel’s remarks about Dr. Chumley’s “irritableness” are said in such a manner that induces giggles and appreciative applause. Hannah Wing,
  • The play features effective cameos and especially Sue Schaffel as Dr. Chumley’s dim yet scheming wife. Schaffel gives significant nuance in only a few lines, and I look forward to her future work. Tim Treanor , DCTheatre Scene
  • Sue Schaffel (Betty Chumley) deserves a shout-out. Totally committed to the comedy of her role, Schaffel’s brief appearances onstage are riotous. Jennifer Minich, MD Theatre Guide

Sue has also worked in film and television. Her movie credits include I Like Me (for which she was awarded Best Actress/Feature by the 2018 Sunnyside Up Film Festival), The Waiting Room, The Summer Before, Ricardo and Hopping Through Hoops. Television credits include numerous commercials, as well as Evil Kin, America’s Most Wanted and as a contestant on The Price is Right.

May 30, 2018.



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