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Monica Bauer
Monica Bauer is one of a small number who have earned both a GED (after dropping out of high school) and a Ph.D. She is a playwright and Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She holds degrees from Brown, Yale, and Boston University, where she was the Teaching Fellow for the graduate program in playwriting. She’s a member of the Playwright’s Unit at the Abingdon Theater in New York City. This August she is taking a play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Known mostly for her work off-off Broadway, Bauer’s plays and musicals have also been produced in Boston, Provincetown, Cambridge, Atlanta, Bloomington, Omaha, San Diego, and Providence. Her Off Broadway debut was at Urban Stages, which produced “My Occasion of Sin” as part of their 2011-2012 season. Awards include the 2012 Emerging Playwright Award from Urban Stages; Outstanding Script, Theater Arts Guild Award; Outstanding Playwriting at the Midtown International Theater Festival; third place in the national New Works for Young Women competition; and the Audience Favorite Award at Short Attention Span Play festival. Finalist for the 2009 Heideman Award from the Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and has had plays published by Heuer, Brooklyn, JAC, and IndieTheater Now. She’s a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. She tweets as Monicadrama, and her playwriting website can be found at

Entries by Monica Bauer

Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, and a Winning Director, Too

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 6:56 PM

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was given to the writer of a fast and funny and poignant new American play that I had the good fortune to see, Between Riverside and Crazy. The Pulitzer is awarded to a playwright, but I'd argue there should be a citation in there somewhere...

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Lincoln Chafee, Cracked Pot

(8) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 7:52 PM

Democrats have been gleefully assessing the cracked pots supposedly running for the Republican nomination for president, many of whom have not the slightest chance of breaking out of the single digits in polls or primaries. These include the preacher-turned-pitchman Mike Huckabee, who wants to cure your diabetes, save Israel so...

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Skylight: A British Argument May Not Win an American Audience

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:44 PM

David Hare writes political plays, so if you go to see Skylight, be prepared. But he also tries to write about real human beings, and that's not easy. How much you appreciate this current Broadway production of Skylight may depend both on whether or not you find this play's politics...

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Indiana Republicans Exercise Their Right to Be Stupid

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:38 PM

The Indiana Republicans got caught leaning way over their skis doing what comes naturally to a lot of Republicans these days; catering to the religious right. After the courts took away Indiana's prohibition against same-sex marriage, the Indiana legislature and their politically ambitious Governor Mike Pence decided to give their...

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Cruz Control: An Elitist at Liberty University

(44) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:06 PM

Who is the real Ted Cruz? His life is full of double identities and mixed loyalties. He was born in Canada, but puts on extra Texas bravado, going so far as to ask the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court whether or not his cowboy boots would be acceptable footwear...

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The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway; First World Problems

(6) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 10:10 AM

I wanted to like The Heidi Chronicles, now playing on Broadway. One of my favorite actors, Elisabeth Moss, is starring as the conflicted feminist who goes from teen angst to middle-aged motherhood in the late Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning script. I read the script when I started seriously studying playwriting...

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More Than a Wacky Spoof: Late With Lance!

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 3:41 PM

If Hugh Jackman and Liza Minelli had a love child, he would be Lance Jonathan, the newest incarnation of comic genius Peter Michael Marino. Marino first came to this reviewer's attention in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he performed a more conventional "true-story" solo show about his life. Only...

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Winning Ugly

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 1:45 PM

In a democracy, the most important thing is not winning. The most important thing is winning in a way that respects and affirms the democratic process. From all appearances, Benjamin Netanyahu's party won more seats than any other party in the Israeli Knesset, but how did they achieve it? By...

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The Logan Act, Redux: Why the Distraction Matters

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:16 PM

This is a follow-up to my recent post about the Logan Act on HuffPost. A number of folks got all excited because I hadn't shown exactly why the Logan Act was a joke. I offered a link to Lawrence O'Donnell's complete trashing of this meme, but some didn't want to...

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The Logan Act and the Treason Meme: Click Bait for Liberals

(369) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:04 AM

There are important debates to be had about brand new baby senator Tom Cotton's ill-advised letter to the leaders of Iran. But none of those debates have anything to do with treason, or the so-called Logan Act. All the stuff flying around the Internet about Republican senators violating the Logan...

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A New Argument for Gun Control: The Occasion of Sin

(25) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Michael Dunn killed a black teen, Jordan Davis, during an argument at a gas station over the teenager's loud rap music. The jury agreed Dunn was guilty of several counts of attempted murder, and only deadlocked over the charge of murder, which requires premeditation on the part of the perpetrator....

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Rediscovering the Power of Story: One Actor, Making Magic

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Underneath all the tech wizardry of Broadway, the glitter and glitz and high kicks and special effects, there is just story. And sometimes, story is what we really crave. Children first learn to love literature when someone tells them a story for the first time. And then, the endless pleas;...

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The Big Lie About Student Achievement

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 5:41 PM

This is the time of year when high-achieving high school juniors are most in danger of freaking out over the Big Lie. The Big Lie is this: you are doomed if you don't get straight A's in high school. The Big Lie is based on what behavioral psychologists call catastrophizing:...

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A Drinking Game for Off-Year Election Coverage

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:39 AM

It's election day in America, which is one of the great pageants of democracy. Everywhere people are streaming into polling places to express their opinions. Or not... because this is an off-year election, and that is only one of the problems that turn our elections into a muddle, where anybody...

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Keeping Your Crappy Health Care Plan

(200) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 11:42 AM

The mainstream media's running around like a child with a shiny new toy (story): some people won't be able to keep their insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. They are practically screaming "Liar, liar, pants on fire" at President Obama. This allows them to pat themselves on the back...

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Mime on a Mission

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 2:47 PM

Bill Bowers, the best American mime of his generation, is at it again; presenting his solo show of mime and story telling, Beyond Words, in New York. In 2011, Bowers had a hit run of this show at Urban Stages. This time, it is part of the All for One...

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Beyond Words, a Mime's Story Coming to Edinburgh Fringe

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:55 AM

It seems like everyone who's ever had a childhood is performing a solo show about it, and that goes double for performers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where one can find solo shows about anorexia, agoraphobia, every possible syndrome and catastrophe. There are, according to the genre-sorter on the Edinburgh...

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Why 90 Percent Isn't Enough: The Real Reason Gun Control Failed

(11) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 3:20 PM

In my past life as a political science professor, I was occasionally stumped by a question about American politics that I could not answer. At first glance, 46 senators voting against a measure with 90 percent public approval seems like such a question. But it's actually fairly easy to explain,...

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New Play Development: Death By Talkback

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Maybe you've been there as a playwright, as I have, many times. Maybe you've been there as an audience member. Maybe you've been there as part of a system of "new play development." Maybe it's been working against the creation of vibrant and exciting new theater. I am speaking of...

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Theater by Skype: a Long Distance Affairin New York

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 2:51 PM

What would you give to have an intimate Skype encounter, a personal performance given directly to you, by three different actors from around the world? For the price of a decent New York City lunch, you can have that experience from Feb. 5 to the 28 at Manhattan's Gershwin Hotel,...

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