All the court’s a stage

featuring Susan Charlotte and Michael Osgood

May 17, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House, Salmagundi members, and their guests
Eventbrite RSVP required
Program is FREE to attend
You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the event alone, or for both the talk and dinner. A la carte dinner is paid separately (card only).
For any questions, please email Brittney at

About the Event

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Join us for a fascinating conversation with award-winning playwright Susan Charlotte and former Chief of NYPD Special Victims Unit Michael Osgood. They will discuss Susan’s new play Unlucky Gal, inspired by a harrowing case that spanned the course of two and a half decades.

“I’ve been raped twice” were the words of a 27 year old black woman spoken to legendary attorney Martin Garbus. On April 24, 1994 the woman, referred to as Jane Doe, was raped in Prospect Park. On April 28th, Mike McAlary of the Daily News wrote an article accusing her of lying. Though there was evidence to the contrary McAlary wrote a second article on April 29th and again in May, repeating his accusation (his original source, it has been said, was John Miller, NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information). Martin Garbus sued McAlary and the Daily News but didn’t win. In 2017—23 years later—Michael Osgood re-opened and solved the case!

Unlucky Gal is part of All The Court’s a Stage, a series of one-act plays that are based on seven Martin Garbus cases and directed by Antony Marsellis. Martin Garbus, who has been called “one of the world’s finest trial lawyers”, has represented: Lenny Bruce, Philip Roth, Samuel Beckett, Igor Stravinsky, John Cheever, Daniel Ellsberg, Al Pacino, and Susan Sontag, to name a few! He also smuggled letters from Andrei Sakharov to Jimmy Carter.

“I was bowled over by the first two of the series based on your cases…I don’t think anything like this has ever been attempted. Bravo!”

—Jonathan Kandell, former New York Times correspondent and author of La Capital


Ticketed guests are welcome to stay for dinner by indicating so in their Eventbrite RSVP.

There will be an a la carte menu to choose from with a $5 per glass Coffee House wine special. You can pay for your meal with a card or your membership account (no cash). Remember: No tipping. Enjoy!

Meet the Presenters

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Susan Charlotte’s multi-faceted career started with Prism Blues. Based on her work as a prison counselor, the play earned her a place in Columbia’s MFA program and won the prestigious Joseph Kesselring Award. Her 60 full-length & one-act plays have been produced throughout the country. They include: The Shoemaker starring Danny Aiello, directed by Antony Marsellis; She’s Of A Certain Age; The Round Table (w/ Oscar & Tony winner Peter Stone), and When Truth Is Not Enough. Her play, Love Divided By, was produced by the Actors Studio and was made into a film with an original score by Philip Glass. The film reopened MoMA’s Titus II theatre. Her other films include: Something Like That, A Broken Sole, Come On (Hamptons Film Festival.) Her TV credits include; Did You Know My Husband? with Louise Lasser & Carole Shelley (PBS); The Comedy Zone with Patty Duke & Paul Reiser (CBS); Guiding Light and Loving (CBS).

Susan authored the acclaimed books Creativity and Creativity In Film and has written for NY Magazine and Playbill. She was also a professor at Columbia U., NYU, and City College. She is the founding artistic director of Food For Thought Productions and Cause Celebre.

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Deputy Chief Michael J. Osgood is a thirty-five year veteran of the NYPD. He served as the Commanding Officer of the Special Victims Division for over eight years which included the Hate Crimes Task Force and retired from the NYPD in December 2018. In his assignment with the Special Victims Division he led all adult sexual assault investigations, child physical abuse and sexual abuse investigations, transit sexual assault investigations, registered sex offender investigations and sexual assault cold case investigations in the City of New York.

During his 16 years as a NYPD Detective Bureau Commander Deputy Chief Osgood has led over 100,000 investigations and 500 detectives, including the initial investigation of Harvey Weinstein. He has the distinction of solving every homicide and gang assault assigned to him; solving over 700 stranger rapes and investigating hundreds of New York City’s high profile cases. He has also developed techniques and methods for any police agency to drive the homicide solvability rate close to 100%. Chief Osgood has a BS in Mathematics from Wagner College.

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