Monica Raymond
Affiliated Writer
Cambridge, MA
Biography

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.

Successes

KOAN, a short chamber opera for which I wrote the libretto (composer Charles Turner) had a workshop at NOMTI (New Opera and Music Theater Initiative) at the Berklee Performance Center in June 2015.

A TO Z,  which I began during my time as a Jerome Fellow at the PWCenter, had a staged reading at Virago Theatre in Oakland on June 8th, 2015.

THE OWL GIRL was selected as one of "top ten new Jewish plays" for 2015 by the Jewish Plays Project. http://www.jewishplaysproject.org/2015jpc/ It won the Boston competion and placed second in the international competition, chosen from among more than 200 scripts.

 

Monica Raymond's play, THE OWL GIRL, was selected as one of the top ten new Jewish plays (worldwide!) out of a field of 200+.

Monica Raymond's full-length play, The Owl Girl, is receiving a production at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City from October 25 to November 2nd. More info HERE.