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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 former 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

Does Bernie Sanders Really Want to Win?

(96) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 5:07 PM

We are in the final days before the Iowa Caucuses, and the Bernie Sanders campaign is not airing any negative ads against Hillary Clinton. This is so far from normal that everybody should be talking about it. For a race to be this close, for both candidates to have plenty...

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Trump Thumps Bible, Bible Thumps Back

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 12:55 PM

For all my friends who don't know much about Christianity, here's a head's up about Donald Trump's mistake at Liberty University yesterday. Most media talking heads are secular, so they don't get how big a deal it is, but it's... huge.

Anybody who's in any sense a regular church-goer...

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Revolt of the Losers

(70) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 6:12 PM

It's a denigrating term that is meant to literally put people in their place: loser. If you did a word cloud of Donald Trump's speeches, that word might come out in 60 point Arial bold type. The opposite of loser is, of course, winner, another of Trump's greatest word-cloud hits....

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Spot the Irrational Argument -- Gun Violence Version

(157) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 6:00 PM

It's time, once again, to play that sad and deadly game, "spot the irrational argument." Gun violence version.

As a high school and college debater, I was drilled in the uses of argument and persuasive speech, including how to spot an irrational argument. We should all bone up on it...

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Right to Life

(109) Comments | Posted November 28, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Another terrorist on the loose, another mass shooting. Seemingly another religious extremist who thinks he knows what God wants done, and picks up a gun to do it. Only this time, it's an American and the religious extremist is most likely a right-wing Christian. And the shooter had help. He...

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An Open Letter to Ben Carson on Abortion

(21) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 7:19 PM

Dear Dr. Carson,

You seem like a sincere person who wants to do the right thing. And I can certainly agree with you that nobody should be allowed to kill a baby. As an ordained minister and a person of faith, I can appreciate the seriousness with which you take...

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Why Bernie Sanders Is Unelectable

(969) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 2:54 PM

The first Democratic presidential debate was notable for a lot of things. The comic relief of Lincoln Chafee. The inexplicable presence of Jim Webb. Consensus that Hillary owned it. And the sleeper moment, Bernie Sanders giving us a clearer sense of what he means by socialism and revolution.


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Send Home the Clowns

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 1:00 AM

I've been a huge fan of Morning Joe for years. But I can't watch it anymore, because of the fawning attitude that Joe Scarborough is taking with that political cartoon of a candidate, Donald Trump. I applaud the early decision by the editors of HuffPost to put all the Trump...

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The Real Reason We Won't Get New Gun Laws

(559) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 9:39 PM

Some of my friends have wondered why I bothered to write and post an article in HuffPost this week about reforming Congress. It's because I look at the big picture, the structural problems, in our government right now. It's not sexy and it doesn't get a lot of attention. But...

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Fixing Congress; a Radical Proposal

(76) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 5:14 PM

There are huge challenges facing our government. Climate change is happening, whether or not the far-right believes in it. Income inequality is being felt by a vast majority of voters in both parties, and the changing economy, moving from a manufacturing base to an information age, has made many people...

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, and a Winning Director, Too

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 7:56 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 | 8:52 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 | 3:44 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 | 6:38 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 | 1:06 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 | 11:10 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 | 4:41 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

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 2:45 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 | 6:16 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

(357) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 10:04 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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