Episode 4: DOTUS - A US Election Special, Pt 1

Traverse Theatre Hosted by Debbie Hannan

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If you’re familiar with our usual podcast format, this episode goes somewhere a bit different.

It’s a surreal look at the personal politics of the US election, and the repercussions they may have for one particular individual - playwright Sarah Kosar. It contains the voices of real people giving their genuine responses to questions they’ve been asked – which may sometimes be insensitive or inaccurate, but are never scripted. It was recorded in late October, a couple of weeks ahead of the election and before the result was known.

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This episode's guest: Sarah Kosar

Sarah Kosar is a writer for theatre, audio and TV.

She has recently recorded her original audio drama Bear Trap for Audible and is developing an original TV series with NBCU. Her new play Our Name is Not John will receive its world premiere at the Arcola Theatre.

THEATRE INCLUDES: Our Name is Not John upcoming world premiere at Arcola Theatre (originally commissioned by Old Vic 12 and long listed for Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting); Armadillo (The Yard Theatre); Mumburger (off the WALL productions - American Premiere, Old Red Lion, The Archivist’s Gallery - London); Hot Dog (The Last Refuge, London, Thinking Cap Theatre, USA); Spaghetti Ocean (Live Lunch Reading, Royal Court); Big Body, Tiny Head (Short Audio Play, Royal Court); Butter Brain (Commission - Young and Talented, The Broadway, Barking/Theatre Royal Stratford East), Human Suit (First Drafts Festival - The Yard, Long listed for Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Long listed for Verity Bargate Award).

AWARDS/NOMINATIONS: Old Vic 12 (2017, 2018), Recipient of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise in Playwriting visa, Inaugural Writer in Residence at The Archivist’s Gallery (2017), Two time Longlisted playwright for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Long listed playwright for Verity Bargate Award at Soho Theatre (2020).


  • Created bySarah Kosar
  • Direction and dramaturgyDebbie Hannan
  • Sound designRichard Bell
  • MusicPatricia Panther
  • CastMeatball
  • With appearances fromRandom people from Sarah's life. And her dad.

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