PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series

A reading of a new play by professional actors, a talk back following the reading with the playwright, cast, and director, and an opportunity for audience members to complete a response card for each play/musical.


January 26, 2020

A TO Z

by Monica Raymond

In 1968, when Annie, a white college student goes to tutor Zafiya at the juvenile detention center, neither woman realizes how important they will turn out to be to each other. But as Annie goes from concerned do-gooder to underground revolutionary, and Zafiya goes from incarcerated juvenile to lesbian commune dweller, they wrestle with their memories of each other; of Tyrone, Zafiya’s Black Panther brother, killed by the Feds; and of Coreena, Zafiya’s daughter, taken from her at birth. A TO Z follows the journey of these two women, from the murder of Fred Hampton to the election of Obama, and through all the letters of the alphabet.

 

About the Playwright

MONICA RAYMOND

Monica Raymond is a writer currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her play THE OWL GIRL won the Jewish Play Project 2015 Boston and was deemed one of “ten best new Jewish plays of 2015.” OWL GIRL also won the PeacewritingAward, Castillo Theater prize, Clauder Gold Medal, and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. A TO Z received the Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award for “best play about race/ethnicity,” and was a finalist for the Jane Chambers Award, the ATHE award for playwriting, and Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays. Raymond’s short opera, PAPER OR PLASTIC (music Charles Turner) premiered at the American Repertory Theater’s Outside the Box Festival.

Her plays have been produced/developed by the Huntington Theater (MA), Portland Stage (ME), Virago Theater (Oakland), Cleveland Public Theater, the University of Utah, Kennedy Center (DC), Great Plains Theater Conference (Omaha), the Castillo Theater (NYC), Golden Thread (San Francisco), The Internationalists (NYC), THML Theater (NYC) and many other places. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Applause, and Smith and Kraus. A widely published poet, she also has a secondary but robust creative practice in visual art, and recently held the Swan Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center for writers who are also visual artists. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Dramatic Writing, and Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, Raymond has taught writing and interdisciplinary arts at Harvard, CUNY, and the Boston Museum School. ABD Columbia, English. MFA Smith Theater/Playwriting.


 

Season 11 Playwrights On Park Dates

Sundays at 7:00p.m
General Adm: $10

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020



Prior Plays That Have Been Presented:

This Living Hand by Richard Vetere
Collision by Dustin Sullivan
Kunstler by Jeffrey Sweet
What It Takes by Jack Rushen
Let It Come Down by Eve Lederman
Something Quiet by Gabriel Jason Dean
Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly
by Gina Femia

Honey LaBrea - The Lonely Thetan
by Jacques Lamarre
Community by Stephen Kaplan

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