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Monologues

Dramatic Comedy

Actor's Choice: Monologues for Women, Volume 2 continues the Actor's Choice series with a brand-new selection of exceptional contemporary monologues. From sidesplitting comedy to compelling drama and everything in-between, this book has you covered. Unlike other monologue books, the source of every monologue is easily accessible -- each play is available through one website (www.playscripts.com), where you can read nearly the entire published script online for free. Explore the work of today's most celebrated theatrical voices, including Robert Schenkkan, Lisa D'Amour, Ellen McLaughlin, Craig Lucas, Elizabeth Meriwether, Taylor Mac, and many more!
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Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. The play had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons and its Chicago premiere at Writers Theatre after premiering at the Mark Taper Forum/CTG in Los Angeles. His play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and ... view full profile

Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson is a playwright, screenwriter, and short story author from Atlanta, GA, who lived in NYC before finding San Francisco. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She has been commissioned, developed and produced at South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky, I And You), at The Kennedy Center (Dr. Wonderful), at ... view full profile

Kathryn Walat

Kathryn Walat

Kathryn Walat’s plays include Creation (Theatre @ Boston Court; Ovation Award for Playwriting nomination), Ancient Gods of the Backwoods (New George’s Germ Project), Bleeding Kansas (Hangar Theatre; Francesca Primus Citation; published by Samuel French), Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen (Women’s Project; published by Samuel French and in Best Plays of 2007), Know Dog (Salvage Vanguard Theater), ... view full profile

Victor Lodato

Victor Lodato

Victor Lodato is a playwright, poet, and novelist. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of the Weissberger Award for his play Motherhouse (published by Samuel French). Other plays include Wildlife, Dear Sara Jane, The Bread of Winter, Margo and Zelda, and Slay the Dragon. Other honors include a Helen Merrill Award, the John Golden Prize, Julie Harris Playwriting Award; as well as ... view full profile

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Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter's plays include: Oohrah! (Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater, 2009; Ars Nova Out Loud reading series, dir. Leigh Silverman; London, Finborough Theater, May 2009); Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Lark Playwrights Week 2009; Nominated for L. Arnold Weissberger Award); To Nineveh (NY Innovative Theater Award for Best New Full-length Play, 2006); Sick (Winner, Sam French Short Play Festival ... view full profile

Frank Dwyer

Frank Dwyer

Frank Dwyer is a poet, playwright, director, actor, and translator. His play, The Affliction of Glory: A Comedy About Tragedy, was commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum and premiered at the Getty Center in a joint production with the Mark Taper Forum. With his collaborator, the late Nicholas Saunders, Mr. Dwyer has translated 20 Russian plays, including the five major works and most of the ... view full profile

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Nicholas Saunders

Nicholas Saunders

Nicholas Saunders had a distinguished career as a stage and television actor, and a parallel career at Voice of America, where he began in 1947 as a Russian-Language announcer, and at Radio Liberty, where he rose to be the Production and Presentation Manager of the Russian Department. In his early seventies he began another career, translating Russian plays into English with his collaborator, ... view full profile

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Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick had his first play, Greetings! produced off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre, starring Darren McGavin; it is now a holiday favorite all across the country. Mr. Dudzick went on to write a comedic semi-autobiographical series of plays about growing up Catholic in Buffalo called the Over the Tavern Trilogy, which has been one of the biggest grass roots successes in American regional ... view full profile

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Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas

Craig Lucas is a American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.Born on April 30, 1951, and abandoned in a car in Atlanta, Lucas was adopted when he was eight months old by a Pennsylvanian couple. His adoptive family was conservative; his father was an FBI agent and his mother was ... view full profile

John Olive

John Olive

John Olive is a widely produced and award-winning playwright, the author of Minnesota Moon, Clara's Play, Standing On My Knees, The Voice of the Prairie, Careless Love, Killers, The Summer Moon, Evelyn and the Polka King, God Fire, Into the Moonlight Valley, and many others. Producing theaters include: the Guthrie Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South ... view full profile

Madeleine George

Madeleine George

Madeleine George's plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist), have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Shotgun Players in Berkeley, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Theater Wit in ... view full profile

Patricia Loughrey

Patricia Loughrey

Patricia Loughrey wrote the book for The Daddy Machine, based on the children's book by Johnny Valentine. The musical was commissioned by San Diego's Diversionary Theatre and was featured on Rosie O'Donnell's R Family Vacation's cruise to the Mexican Riviera in March 2008. Her full length play: Lord Derby's Giant Eland placed second in the Kennedy Center, ACTF Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Awards, ... view full profile

Ellen McLaughlin

Ellen McLaughlin

Ellen McLaughlin's plays have received numerous national and international productions. They include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, The Trojan Women, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor, Septimus and Clarissa, and Penelope. Producers include: the Public Theater, The National Actors' Theater and New ... view full profile

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Don Zolidis

Don Zolidis is a former high school and middle school theatre teacher and is currently a professor of creative writing at Ursinus College. Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mr. Zolidis received his B.A. in English from Carleton College and an MFA in Playwriting from the Actor's Studio Program at the New School. He has received numerous honors, including the 2004 Princess Grace Award for ... view full profile

Anne Washburn

Anne Washburn

Anne Washburn’s play, MR. BURNS, was produced by Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth (DC), and The Almeida (London). Other plays include 10 OUT OF 12, THE INTERNATIONALIST, A DEVIL AT NOON, APPARITION, THE COMMUNIST DRACULA PAGEANT, I HAVE LOVED STRANGERS, THE LADIES, THE SMALL, and a transadaptation of Euripides' ORESTES. Awards include 2015 Whiting Award, 2015 PEN/Laura Pels International ... view full profile

Anton Dudley

Anton Dudley

Anton Dudley's Off-Broadway credits include Substitution (Playwrights Realm/Soho Playhouse), Getting Home (Second Stage Uptown), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theater), and Honor and the River (SPF/Theater Row).  Regionally, his plays and musicals have been presented at La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, City Theater, Luna Stage, ... view full profile

Elizabeth Meriwether

Elizabeth Meriwether

Elizabeth Meriwether's play The Mistakes Madeline Made was originally produced by Naked Angels Theater, and was subsequently produced at Yale Rep and published by Dramatists Play Service. Her other plays include Heddatron, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler featuring live robots which was produced by Les Freres Corbusier, and is published by Playscripts, Inc.; Nicky Goes Goth, which was first produced ... view full profile

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John Belluso

John Belluso

John Belluso's plays include: The Poor Itch (produced by The Public Theatre), A Nervous Smile (produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New Plays), The Body of Bourne (produced by the Mark Taper Forum), Henry Flamethrowa (produced by Trinity Repertory Company, Victory Gardens Theatre and Studio Dante), The Rules of Charity (produced by the Magic Theatre), Body Songs, ... view full profile

Karen Hartman

Karen Hartman

Karen Hartman is an award-winning playwright and librettist whose work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the N.E.A., the Helen Merrill Foundation, a Daryl Roth "Creative Spirit" Award, a Hodder Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship to Jerusalem, a New Dramatists residency, and Core Membership at the Playwrights Center. Her plays, Goliath, Donna Wants, Gum, Going ... view full profile

Kate Moira Ryan

Kate Moira Ryan. Recent Projects: The Judy Show written with and for Judy Gold is currently playing at the Daryl Roth Theater off-Broadway. She was recently part of Atlantic Theater's 10x25 series and Theater Breaking Through Boundaries Sum of Our Parts. Her play, Bass for Picasso opened off-Broadway at the Kirk Theater and was produced by Theater Breaking Through Boundaries, one of the few ... view full profile

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Kenneth Lin

Kenneth Lin is an award-winning playwright whose works said Said, Agency*, Po Boy Tango, Intelligence-Slave, Genius in Love and Fallow have been premiered, commissioned and developed at theaters throughout the country, including the Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Wilma Theatre and Arena Stage.He is the winner of the ... view full profile

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Lisa D'Amour

Lisa D'Amour

Lisa D'Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist. With Katie Pearl, she is co-artistic director of PearlDamour, a company that makes collaborative, often site-specific performances. PearlDamour's work has been presented at PS122, HERE Arts Center and the Walker Arts Center and The Kitchen, among others. They received an OBIE award in 2003 for Nita & Zita, a collaboration with Katie ... view full profile

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Liz Duffy Adams

Liz Duffy Adams is a New Dramatists alumna (2001-2008) and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, a Will Glickman Playwright Award, a Frederick Loewe Award in Music Theatre, a Weston Playhouse Music Theater Award, and a commission from Children's Theater Company, Minneapolis. Her work has been written, produced, or developed at the Humana Festival, The Women's Project, ... view full profile

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Rinne Groff

Rinne Groff

Rinne Groff is a playwright and performer. Her plays, including Jimmy Carter was a Democrat, Orange Lemon Egg Canary, Inky, The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, and The Ruby Sunrise, have been produced by the Public Theater, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, Target Margin, Clubbed Thumb, and Andy's Summer Playhouse, among others. Ms. Groff is a founding member of Elevator Repair ... view full profile

Robert Schenkkan

Robert Schenkkan

Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and two-time Emmy nominee, was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina but grew up in Austin, Texas. As a Plan II Honors student he received a B.A. in Drama from the University of Texas at Austin (Most Distinguished Young Alumnus, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Friars' Society, and Harry Middleton Lecturer.) He received an M.F.A. in Theatre ... view full profile

Steven Levenson

Steven Levenson

Steven Levenson's plays include The Language of Trees (Roundabout Underground), Seven Minutes in Heaven (HERE Arts Center; Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theater Company), Retreat (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Almost Stuck, and Girls Day. His work has been seen and developed by Roundabout, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, ... view full profile

Rosemary Frisino Toohey

Rosemary Frisino Toohey has had more than 175 productions of her work from New York to New Zealand and from Alaska to Florida. Winner of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival (twice), the Towngate Theatre Contest (twice), and The Next Generation Playwriting Contest in New York, she's also been a Finalist for the Julie Harris Playwriting Awards and the Heideman Award. Her work is included in the ... view full profile

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Luis Alfaro

Luis Alfaro is a Chicano writer/performer known for his work in poetry, theatre, short stories, performance and journalism.He is also a producer/director who spent ten years at the Mark Taper Forum as Associate Producer, Director of New Play Development and co-director of the Latino Theatre Initiative.His plays and performances include Oedipus el Rey (Magic Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, ... view full profile

Emily Ackerman

Emily Ackerman is a NYC based actress and playwright. Her play "ReEntry", co-written with KJ Sanchez, has been produced by Actor's Theater of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Roundhouse, Urban Stages, and Two River Theater Company. As an actress she has appeared in NYC with The Civilians, and at such theaters as ACT in San Francisco, Center Theater Group, Berkeley Repertory Theater, ... view full profile

Tom Andolora

Tom Andolora

Tom Andolora was born and raised in Jamestown, NY and lives in NYC. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Aside from being a writer, he is a composer, teacher, pianist, performer, and musical director. He has worked extensively in cabarets in New York City and on the entire East Coast.He is director and owner of The Dickens Victorian Carollers (www.carollers.com). He has been invited to sing, with ... view full profile

Trista Baldwin

Trista Baldwin

Trista Baldwin's recent productions include American Sexy (The Flea), Sand (Women's Project), Doe (Santiago a Mil Festival, Chile), Patty Red Pants (Live Girls!) and Chicks With Dicks (Bricolage). A recipient of two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant, Trista Baldwin's work has been developed and produced by companies including The Guthrie, Women's Project, The Lark, New Georges, ... view full profile

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Susan Bernfield

Susan Bernfield. Stretch (a fantasia) was produced by People's Light & Theatre in Malvern, Pennsylvania in 2010, premiered at New Georges in New York City in 2008, and was seen in workshop form in Soho Think Tank's 2007 Ice Factory Festival at the Ohio Theatre. Full-length works include Big Hungry World, Barking Girl, Out From Under It, Tracy Petunia, and a solo musical, Tiny Feats of ... view full profile

Sarah Bernstein

Sarah Bernstein is a New York based playwright. Her plays include New Mutants, A Reunion, All The Women, and Random Decay. In NYC, her work has been produced with FullStop Collective, Turnip Theatre Co., and the American Globe Theatre. Ms. Bernstein received a BA from Brown University, where she studied playwriting with Bonnie Metzgar and Paula Vogel. view full profile

Suzanne Bradbeer

Suzanne Bradbeer

Suzanne Bradbeer's plays include Full Bloom (Barrington Stage); The Sleeping Girl (Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writers' Project); You Miss Them When They're Not Around (Dreamcatcher Rep); Bethlehem, PA (City Theatre of Miami); Okoboji (Stageworks/Hudson); Lone Star Grace (Theater Workshop of Nantucket); God in the Goat (Barrington Stage); The Match (FAB at The Barrow Group); Rita Faye ... view full profile

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Jamie Bruss

Jamie Bruss began her writing career as a poet and self-published a small book of poetry in 1998. Under the guidance of friend and mentor, Christopher Willard, she discovered the thrill of theater and has dedicated her efforts to writing for the stage ever since. She collaborated with Willard to complete six professional theater productions, including the Denver Post's Ovation Award winner, Tribal ... view full profile

Joshua Conkel

Joshua Conkel

Joshua Conkel is a playwright, director, and occasional performer. He is the current Artistic Director of The Management, a theater company in downtown New York, and a member of Youngblood, EST's collective of playwrights under thirty.Mr. Conkel's work has been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Baton Rouge. His plays include The Chalk Boy, MilkMilkLemonade, and I Wanna ... view full profile

Bonnie Dickinson

Bonnie Dickinson lives and works in Wilton, Connecticut where she began directing and teaching in 1993. A graduate of NYU School of the Arts, Ms. Dickinson holds a BFA in Acting and her Masters in teaching. She has her 6th Year Degree in Educational Theatre. She created the play Voices in Conflict with her Theatre Arts II class. Ms. Dickinson is very grateful for the love and support of her ... view full profile

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Peter Gil-Sheridan

Peter Gil-Sheridan is a multidisciplinary artist whose plays include The Deadly Belles, Everyday I Wake the Fool, Glow, Vanishing Son, and Topsy Turvy Mouse which has been produced by Cherry Lane Theatre, Borderlands, and Gustavus Adolphus, developed at Sundance Institute, New York Theatre Workshop and was named the winner of The Smith Prize from National New Play Network for outstanding political ... view full profile

Judy Gold

Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Judy Gold is best known as the star of her two critically acclaimed long-running Off-Broadway hit shows. Ms. Gold's most recent show, The Judy Show -- My Life As A Sitcom ran to sold-out audiences at The Geffen Playhouse's 2013 season, and at The DR-2 Theatre's 2011-2012 season. The New York Times made it a critic's pick and called it, "Highly entertaining! ... view full profile

Lee Gundersheimer

Lee Gundersheimer

Lee Gundersheimer is a writer, actor, director and teacher based in New York City. He directed and performed in Deb Margolin's Three Seconds in the Key at PS122 and staged her play Why Cleaning Fails at Here and Dixon Place where he co-wrote (with Rae C. Wright) and directed The Moon in Vain. He is the author of many plays including Pas De Deux and Incommunicado, which opened the 1998 New Federal ... view full profile

Marielle Heller

Marielle Heller

Marielle Heller is an actress and a writer in New York. She studied theater at UCLA and at RADA in London. As an author she has written a pilot for ABC titled The Big Apple, a movie for Disney titled Renegade X, as well as multiple screenplays and plays, including The Diary of a Teenage Girl. As an actress, she was in the world premiere of David Edgar's Continental Divide directed by Tony Taccone ... view full profile

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Ginna Hoben

Ginna Hoben

Ginna Hoben is an actor/writer based in New York. The Twelve Dates of Christmas is among her four produced plays, including the solo show pierced! (New York International Fringe Festival [2002] and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe [2004]), the full-length play the wind-chill factor, and the ten-minute play telephone, published in the collection 30 Ten-Minute Plays for 4, 5, and 6 Actors.Favorite ... view full profile

Laura Jacqmin

Laura Jacqmin

Laura Jacqmin was the recipient of the 2008 Wasserstein Prize for an emerging female playwright. Her plays include Look, We Are Breathing (Sundance Institute Theatre Lab), Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (originally produced by At Play/Chicago Dramatists in 2010 and subsequently remounted at 16th Street Theater and Theater on the Lake in 2011) and Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre Company's First ... view full profile

Patricia Kane

Patricia Kane

Patricia Kane is a Chicago-based actress and award winning playwright. Her play Float premiered at About Face Theatre in Chicago during the 2010/2011 season, receiving critical acclaim, three Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (including for Best New Work) and an extended run. Her play Pulp had its premiere in February 2004 at About Face Theatre -- garnering four Joseph Jefferson Award nominations ... view full profile

Linda LaRocque

Linda LaRocque has authored several award-winning plays in addition to numerous short stories, including many for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, Guideposts, and Signs Of the Times. She writes from her home on Lake Michigan. view full profile

Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac has been named one of New York and the country's best theater artists by The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, The Village Voice (also naming Mr. Mac the best theater actor in New York, 2013), Time Out NY (also naming him New York's best cabaret performer of 2012 and a future legend of New York City), and The New Yorker. A playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter, Taylor's work ... view full profile

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Winter Miller

Winter Miller

Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights. She is best known for her drama In Darfur which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. In Darfur won the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie and ... view full profile

Timothy Mooney

Timothy Mooney

Timothy Mooney, author of the new acting textbook Acting at the Speed of Life, as well as The Big Book of Moliere Monologues, has given over a hundred thousand students their first introduction to Moliere through his one-man play, Moliere Than Thou. He also presents one monologue from every Shakespeare play in his one-man show, Lot o' Shakespeare, along with his collection of great speeches, The ... view full profile

Jason Pizzarello

Jason Pizzarello. Select plays include After People Like You (Blue Riders at Classic Stage Company), Half Right (Fordham Alumni Company), All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie (Irondale Ensemble), When I Had Three Sisters (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab), Once There Was a Boy, (Semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award, O'Neill Playwrights Conference); InsideOut, (HERE Arts Center, ... view full profile

Mark Rigney

Mark Rigney

Mark Rigney is the author of Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical (Gallaudet University Press). His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appears in venues such as Witness, The Long Story, Black Gate, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, Black Static, Realms of Fantasy, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Two novellas are due shortly ... view full profile

Jordan Seavey

Jordan Seavey

Jordan Seavey is Co-Artistic Director of theatre company CollaborationTown (CTown), a member of the 2009 Emerging Writer's Group at The Public Theater, and a Usual Suspect at the New York Theatre Workshop. His plays include Listening For Our Murderer, Who's Afraid Of George C. Wolfe?, The Funny Pain, The Truth Will Out, Children At Play, 6969, and This Is A Newspaper. Plays co-created with CTown ... view full profile

Sarah Tuft

Sarah Tuft

Sarah Tuft's play 110 Stories has been performed at The Public Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre and Skirball Center for the Performing Arts by actors including Ed Asner, Billy Crudup, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, John Hawkes, Katie Holmes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Jeremy Piven, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Kathleen ... view full profile

Christopher Willard

Christopher Willard. An award-winning actor, author, and director living and working in Colorado. Currently, he is the artistic director for the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge, Colorado. view full profile

Samuel Brett Williams

Samuel Brett Williams' plays have been developed/produced at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, Naked Angels, Partial Comfort, the Lark, the Kennedy Center, Yale University, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Boise Contemporary Theater, WordBRIDGE, Theatre Squared, Arkansas Rep, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and the ... view full profile

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