Monica Cross

Monica Cross

Monica Cross is an actor, director, and playwright located in Gainesville, FL. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) in 2013, where she took her first playwriting class with Professor Todd Ristau. She has had several short plays produced at festivals across the United States, and self produced her one-act play, “Cyrano on the...
Monica Cross is an actor, director, and playwright located in Gainesville, FL. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) in 2013, where she took her first playwriting class with Professor Todd Ristau. She has had several short plays produced at festivals across the United States, and self produced her one-act play, “Cyrano on the Moon” at the Tampa International Fringe Festival in 2017. The Red Dice Collective then produced “Cyrano on the Moon” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2018. Wonder of Our Stage, Monica's first full length play, was winner of the 2018 Players New Play Festival in Sarasota, FL, and went on to be included in their Summer Sizzler's Series in 2019. She is also the recipient of the 2019 John Ringling Towers Individual Artist Award for Performing Arts, and a fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • CYRANO ON THE MOON
    [One-Act Drama]
    Cyrano awakens in a lunar afterlife where he engages in one last battle against the forces of Vice and Corruption. Meanwhile, Roxanne struggles to reconcile his legacy and her love.
  • GROWTH IN ISOLATION
    [Ten-minute Play for Zoom]
    Written for the Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off, Round 3.
    Kallie and Ryan has spent the last five months apart. Ever since Kallie moved across the country for a new job, Ryan has been struggling with the changes brought on by being alone. Ryan has sent Kallie a peach he has grown himself, and they finally have a chance to Video Chat, but things do not go as smoothly as either hope.
  • I'VE GOT THIS
    [One-Minute Comedy]
    Squirrel and Possum discuss city life.
  • KING NOW
    [Two-Minute Sketch]
    Richard has locked the boys in the tower. As they settle into their uncomfortable surroundings, the boys discuss succession.
  • LOVE LIFE
    [One-Minute Drama]
    This one minute play features an exchange between Venus and Aphrodite. With the Greek pantheon on the way out and the Roman pantheon on the way in, there is not enough room in the universe for two Goddesses of Love.
  • ON ROBOTS AND RAINDROPS
    [Ten-Minute Play, set in the near future]
    Billy, a woman of retirement age, has been prescribed a in-home companion robot to keep her company. She begrudging to admit she needs any companionship, but as she tries to figure out how her new robot friend works, she finds that maybe she would like some company after all.
  • TENDING TO TULIPS AND SIPPING MINT JULEPS
    [Ten-minute Drama]
    Written for the Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off, Round 2.
    Mindi and Franki have come into an inheritance. Unfortunately, Franki gets the house and Mindi gets the flower pots. Bitter Mindi has come to get her flowers. Franki tries to smooth things over with a drink.
  • THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING
    [Ten-minute Science Fiction Play]
    Cindi and Dell are on a long and important mission to find a planet on which to scatter the seeds of humanity and foster a new civilization. But after being out in space a hundred year longer than anyone anticipated, on Cindi’s 400th birthday, she is beginning to give up hope. Standing on the Observation Deck, just a thin stasis barrier between atmosphere and the void...
    [Ten-minute Science Fiction Play]
    Cindi and Dell are on a long and important mission to find a planet on which to scatter the seeds of humanity and foster a new civilization. But after being out in space a hundred year longer than anyone anticipated, on Cindi’s 400th birthday, she is beginning to give up hope. Standing on the Observation Deck, just a thin stasis barrier between atmosphere and the void of space, Cindi holds all that is left of humanity in a little takeout style container. Interrupts Cindi’s revere, Dell questions Cindi’s motives as the two begin to fight over the container and the meaning of life itself.
  • THE TIME IS OUT OF JOINT
    [Ten-Minute Play]
    Two scientists attempt to understand the nature of their own particular dramatic world with quantifiable evidence collected with the help of the audience.
  • TO BRING YOU JOY
    [One-Minute Science Fiction Play]
    Two Aliens meet on a deserted planet. A first contact.
  • TO TOUCH
    [One-Minute Drama]
    Written for The Coronavirus Play Project by The One-Minute Play Festival, To Touch explores comfort and isolation.
  • WONDER OF OUR STAGE
    [Full-Length Sci-fi/Historical/Drama]
    In the 16th century, the greatest minds of the day created wooden robots called automatons. What if one of the greatest poets of all time was himself an automaton? What if William Shakespeare were one of those robots?

    Queen Elizabeth I commissions the notorious necromancer John Dee to play matchmaker in order to find her a very particular suitor....
    [Full-Length Sci-fi/Historical/Drama]
    In the 16th century, the greatest minds of the day created wooden robots called automatons. What if one of the greatest poets of all time was himself an automaton? What if William Shakespeare were one of those robots?

    Queen Elizabeth I commissions the notorious necromancer John Dee to play matchmaker in order to find her a very particular suitor. After years of searching John Dee devises a plan: he will make the perfect husband for her. But when she sees Dee's creation, the Queen laughs in his face and leaves the newly made creature unable to fulfill its purpose. Unsure what to do, the Automaton stumbles into the theatre, almost literally. As this strange creation gains popularity upon the stage, tensions arise with his creator, and he sets out to forge his own destiny.