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

  • THE ARIA OF JULIE D'AUBIGNY, the cross-dressing, sword-fighting, opera singer, wherein she seduces men and women alike, wins numerous duels, must be twice pardoned by the King, and eventually finds true love.
    [Full-Length Historical/Biographical/Drama]
    In-Development - New Draft added 10/22/2020
    Julie d’Aubigny was born with a talent for singing, but she was raised as a duelist. She is used to solving her problems with violence, which has gotten her some unwanted notoriety. While gaining acclaim in the Paris Opera, she is also getting attention for her complicated love life: a friend abroad who is an...
    [Full-Length Historical/Biographical/Drama]
    In-Development - New Draft added 10/22/2020
    Julie d’Aubigny was born with a talent for singing, but she was raised as a duelist. She is used to solving her problems with violence, which has gotten her some unwanted notoriety. While gaining acclaim in the Paris Opera, she is also getting attention for her complicated love life: a friend abroad who is an on-again-off-again lover, a doe-eyed man who shares her bed, and a woman she longingly pines for. With a long list of past conquests both in fighting and in romance, Julie, sometimes, has a difficulty keeping the two separate. As her love life spins out of control, she begins to feel as if she is fighting the whole world at once. But if she can find someone who understands her, maybe she can finally have the love she has been searching for.
  • THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING
    [Ten-minute Science Fiction Play]
    Also, adapted for zoom. Contact me for Zoom Edition.
    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...
    [Ten-minute Science Fiction Play]
    Also, adapted for zoom. Contact me for Zoom Edition.
    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.
  • BY THE NEON LIGHT OF THE TACO BELL SIGN
    [One-Act Sketch]
    Ginna and Chrissy make a late night run to Taco Bell. As Chrissy uses loose change to grab the grub, Ginna has a chance encounter with Trinity, who bums a cigarette and offers some advice; the kind of advice one can only get outside a Taco Bell late at night.
  • THE CAGE WHICH HOLDS A HEART
    [One-Act Radio Drama]
    Quiet-type Gabriel gives coworker Sabrina a place to stay after she gets thrown out by her boyfriend. But Sabrina feels uneasy about staying with Gabriel, especially when she discovers that beneath the surface Gabriel has secrets. But as the past comes to light, Sabrina discovers things are more complicated than they seem.
  • CYRANO ON THE MOON
    [One-Act Drama]
    Cyrano de Bergerac wakes up in a lunar afterlife ready for more adventure. Meanwhile, Roxanne, still living with the convent walls, struggles to reconcile her love with Cyrano's legacy. Roxanne sets herself to the task of writing the postmortem adventures of “Cyrano on the Moon” with the help of two Nuns. On the Moon, Cyrano battles the embodiments of vice, compromise, and all of...
    [One-Act Drama]
    Cyrano de Bergerac wakes up in a lunar afterlife ready for more adventure. Meanwhile, Roxanne, still living with the convent walls, struggles to reconcile her love with Cyrano's legacy. Roxanne sets herself to the task of writing the postmortem adventures of “Cyrano on the Moon” with the help of two Nuns. On the Moon, Cyrano battles the embodiments of vice, compromise, and all of Cyrano's old enemies with the help of his old friend and rival Christian. As scenes shift back and forth between the surface of the Moon and the convent’s small chamber, the two worlds begin to collide, and the three women take turns entering the world of Cyrano's adventures and question him about life and love.
  • THE DEATH OF DEATH
    [One-Minute Drama]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    Hades awaits Pluto in the underworld. Pluto needs to destroy Hades to take over. But the conversation between the old God of Death and the New is something neither of them really expected.
  • DECLARATION
    [One-Minute Drama]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    The war between the Pantheons had to start somewhere. Find out exactly how it happened, as Mercury delivers the Declaration of War to Hermes.
  • GET IT OVER WITH
    [One-Minute Comedy]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    Vulcan is surprised by Hepheastus's reaction when the Roman God comes to destroy his Greek counterpart.
  • GROWTH IN ISOLATION
    [Ten-minute Play for Zoom]
    Written for the Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off, Round 3.
    Kallie and Ryan have 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...
    [Ten-minute Play for Zoom]
    Written for the Quarantine Playwriting Bake-Off, Round 3.
    Kallie and Ryan have 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. This ten-minute play designed for video performance asks the question: how much of a change is too much for a relationship to withstand?
  • A HUG FOR MATTHEW WEAVER
    [Five-minute Sketch in honor of Matthew Weaver]
    A young playwright wishes to return the encouragement that Matthew Weaver has given them.
  • I'VE GOT THIS
    [One-Minute Comedy]
    Squirrel has just lived through a traumatic near-collision with a car, and wants nothing more than to share this experience with Possum, but to Squirrel's dismay, Possum seems unphased by the tale.
  • THE JUPITER TRILOGY
    [A Short Play in Three Parts]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    The Jupiter Trilogy is three one minute plays designed to be performed together: DOUBLE TROUBLE, THE SAME TO ME, and BY JUPITER!
    Juno comes to kill Hera but initially finds Zeus instead. When Hera arrives Juno and Hera begin bickering with Zeus rather than killing each other. When Jupiter arrives the domestic dispute only grows.
  • KING NOW
    [Two-Minute Sketch]
    Richard has locked the boys in the tower. As they settle into their uncomfortable surroundings, the boys discuss succession.
  • LATE TO THE PARTY
    [One-Minute Comedy]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    Mercury is sent to find the the missing Bacchus, only to discover Bacchus has been partying with the person he was sent to kill.
  • LOVE LIFE
    [One-Minute Drama]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    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.
  • A NEW EARTH, OR: FLOWERS ON THE MOON
    [Ten-Minute Sci-Fi Romance]
    Tina is having difficult adjusting to her new life on the Moon. So she is trying to get back into the swing of things and going on a date should do the trick. But does she have anything in common with her date, Sebastian, who grew up on the Moon?
  • 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.
  • A PLAY FOR LARRY RINKEL
    [One-minute Metadrama]
    This is a birthday play for Larry Rinkel in response to his Birthday play for Matthew Weaver: A PLAY (NOT ONLY) ABOUT MATTHEW WEAVER by Larry Rinkel. Two characters discuss the impending birthday of Larry Rinkel
  • RESPECT THE NOSE
    [Monologue]
    Content: Clowns
    There are some common misconceptions about clowns, but Cozymittens is going to clear a few things up.
  • SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS
    [Monologue]
    There was a dream that feels like more than a nightmare. But the interpretation of the dream may be more than expected.
  • 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 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.
  • WHAT'S IT GOOD FOR?
    [One-Minute Drama]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    Ares and Mars fight over who should be the ultimate God of War.
  • WISDOM IN WAR
    [One-Minute Drama]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    Athena and Minerva have a very wise conversation.
  • 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. But when John Dee presents her with an Automaton, a man made completely out of wood, the Queen laughs in his face and leaves the newly made creation unable to fulfill his purpose. Unsure what to do, the Automaton stumbles into the theatre, almost literally. As he gains popularity upon the stage, tensions arise with his creator, and he sets out to forge his own destiny.