Two generations of mothers and memories combine to change the fate of a schizophrenic man at the Port Authority Bus Terminal waiting for a sister he hardly knows, to fulfill an agreement that was never made; a time-bending play about adoption, desertion, forgiveness, and family.
A biochemist experiments with genes and the maternal instinct in the lab, and in her own life, as Lillian, an alcoholic, confronts her wife's desire to have a baby. A play about what we can, and cannot do, for love.
A true gay-straight love story, in 1969, a scholarship kid from Nebraska meets her first gay friend at a boarding school for the arts, leading to a decision that will change both their lives forever.
Monica Bauer is currently a Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Education includes a B.A. from Brown, M. Div. from Yale, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. She was the 2005 Teaching Fellow in the Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University, where she received an MA in playwriting. Student of Kate Snodgrass, Gary Garrison, and Craig Lucas. Off Broadway debut, “My Occasion of Sin,” produced by Urban Stages, directed by Artistic Director Frances Hill, March 16-April 15th, 2012.
Her plays and musicals have been produced in Denver, Boston, Provincetown, Cambridge, Atlanta, Bloomington, Omaha, San Diego, Providence, off-off Broadway, and Off Broadway. Awards include the 2012 Emerging Playwright Award from Urban Stages, (New York City), Outstanding Script, 2011 Theater Arts Guild Award (My Occasion of Sin), Outstanding Playwriting, the 2008 Midtown International Theater Festival (The Higher Education of Khalid Amir), third place in New Works for Young Women (The Maternal Instinct), and the Audience Favorite Award at Short Attention Span PlayFest (My Trip to the State Pen). Lighter (book, music, and lyrics) premiered in October 2009 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Answering, a ten-minute play, was a Finalist for the 2008 Heideman Award from the Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and First Prize for 10 Minute Play, 2010 Connecticut Stories competition. Her one act play, Two Men Walked Into a Bar, was a semifinalist in the 2008 Turnip/American Globe Theater 15 Minute Play Festival. A one-man show written for the actor John Fico, Made for Each Other, was featured in Emerging Artist Theater’s One Man Talking Festival, and went on to receive nominations for Best Solo Show and Best Actor in a Solo Show at the 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity off-off Broadway.