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Monica Raymond

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Jerome Fellowships 2008 //  Affiliated Writer 2013   

Monica Raymond is a prize-winning poet and playwright. She was a Jerome Fellow for 2008-09 at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Playwriting.

Raymond's most recent production was Paper or Plastic, a short eco-opera for which she wrote the libretto, at the American Repertory Theater’s Outside the Box Festival (Summer 2013). A to Z (Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award 2011 for plays about race/ethnicity) follows the relationship of two women, Annie and Zafiya, through forty years of US history (1968-2008) and all of the letters of the alphabet. The Owl Girl, about two families in the Middle East who both have keys to the same house, won the Clauder Gold Medal (Portland Stage), the Peacewriting Award, and the Castillo Theater Award in political playwriting. Other plays include Martina’s Story (The Internationalists, Long Distance Affair), Safe House (Panelists Choice Award, LastFrontier Theater Conference; O'Neill Finalist); Creche (Dramatic Publishing 35 in 10); Lindsay (Subversive Theater, 2005 Montreal and NYC Infringement Festivals); Novices (Best ShortPlays of 2009) and many others. Her short play Hijab has been performed widely, including at the Boston Theater Marathon, the Vital Theater (NYC), the Samuel French Festival, and as part of "Occupied Territories: Palestinian- and Jewish-American Plays about the Middle East" at Boston Playwrights Theatre.

Raymond hosted a panel "Making Theatre about Palestine/ Israel" at the Conference of the Association for Theater in Higher Education, and toured as a performer in An Olive on the Seder Plate, a play by and for American Jews about human rights in Israel/Palestine. She has performed her own monologues and performance scores at Mobius, the Boston Museum School, and as part of Joe Chaikin's "Disability Project" at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

She has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, a fellow at BIARI (Brown International Advanced Research Institute), and has received grants from the Book of the Month Club, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.

Raymond holds degrees from the University of Chicago (BA Humanities), Columbia University (MA English) and Smith College (MFA Theatre/Playwriting) and has taught writing and literature at Harvard, CUNY, and the Boston Museum School.

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THE OWL GIRL

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Two families in an unnamed country both have keys to the same house. What happens when they try to live in it together? The fathers play historical chess; the mothers cook together, even though one uses mint and the other dill; the lovers dare to imagine a future; and war mad children play doctor and murder. But when one girl's dreams of flight are (literally) shot down, betrayals and realignments occur which make us question our very definition of peace.



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