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

  • 13TH CRIME
    [Ten-Minute Christmas Play]
    Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas have gone on a crime spree to undermine the Consumerism that has taken over Christmas (one mission for each of 12 days of Christmas) but when they run into Santa Claus in the early morning hours on the day of Epiphany, they decide to commit one more crime... in the spirit of Christmas, of course!
  • ... IN REFRIGERATORS
    [Five-Minute Horror Comedy]
    A man wakes up in a Refrigerator, tied to a rack with tangled slinkies. There is a voice. And it is very cold.
  • 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]
    2021 O'Neill Semi-Finalist

    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-...
    [Full-Length Historical/Biographical/Drama]
    2021 O'Neill Semi-Finalist

    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
    [Ten-Minute Drama]
    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 Drama]
    Also available in Radio Drama format. Contact me for Radio Play Edition.
    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.
  • EDGAR ALLAN POE'S THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
    While secluded in an isolated abbey in the midst of a brutal and deadly plague, Prince Prospero throws a Masquerade Ball for a thousand of his closest friends. Two friends stand at one end of the great gathering watching and commenting on those that pass by. But when an unidentifiable guest shows up in a mask of particularly poor taste given the occasion and the circumstances, the entire party is thrown into...
    While secluded in an isolated abbey in the midst of a brutal and deadly plague, Prince Prospero throws a Masquerade Ball for a thousand of his closest friends. Two friends stand at one end of the great gathering watching and commenting on those that pass by. But when an unidentifiable guest shows up in a mask of particularly poor taste given the occasion and the circumstances, the entire party is thrown into an uproar. The friends are shaken, Prince Prospero rages, and the Red Death descends upon them all.
  • 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?
  • GUILTY
    [A 5-Minute Comedy about Diet Culture]

    Content warnings: calorie counting, diet culture, and death.

    Sandra is feeling guilty about cake. Kim is feeling guilty about something else.
  • 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.
  • IN CONVERSATION WITH CATERPILLARS - a monologue
    [Monologue]
    Carly is trying so hard to foster a new batch of caterpillars. But... maybe she is a little over eager.
  • KING NOW
    [Two-Minute Sketch]
    Richard has locked the boys in the tower. As they settle into their uncomfortable surroundings, the boys discuss succession.
  • A LITTLE LITERARY ANALYSIS - a monologue
    [Monologue]
    Wendy is Gabby's Maid of Honor, and she has taken issue with Chad's Best Man speech. So before Chad goes on to ruin Gabby and Frank's wedding, Wendy is going to do something about it.
  • THE MAGPIE'S GOLDEN RING - a monologue
    [Monologue]
    Marie is getting ready for a very important day. There will be a picnic, in the park, and a ring for the woman she loves. But that Magpie, up in the the tree over there, has taken the ring and woven it into the nest, RIGHT THERE! Now Marie is desperate to get it back!
  • 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?
  • NO PLACE LIKE @HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
    [A Short Holiday Play for Zoom]
    Morgan and Ash are both going to be alone this holiday because of the pandemic. So why not spend it together?
  • 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: 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.
  • THE PANTHEON WARS: WISDOM IN WAR
    [One-Minute Drama]
    Part of The Pantheon Wars series
    Athena and Minerva have a very wise conversation.
  • 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 -a monologue
    [Monologue]
    Content: Clowns
    There are some common misconceptions about clowns, but Cozymittens is going to clear a few things up.
  • THE SALT-FILLED PATH
    [A Ten-Minute Children's Play in Verse]
    Lou (a slug), Pollywog (a tadpole), and Phil (a fearie creature) are going on a trip. But there seems to be some debate on who is actually doing the most work. When they come across big puddles of saltwater in the path, Lou is desperate for Phil's help, but simply charting a path out of salty mire is not possible. Phil must get to the root cause of the...
    [A Ten-Minute Children's Play in Verse]
    Lou (a slug), Pollywog (a tadpole), and Phil (a fearie creature) are going on a trip. But there seems to be some debate on who is actually doing the most work. When they come across big puddles of saltwater in the path, Lou is desperate for Phil's help, but simply charting a path out of salty mire is not possible. Phil must get to the root cause of the problem in order to save Lou from a salty demise!
  • A SHOWER OF METEORITES
    [One-Minute Play]
    Sally and Fanny are meeting in a field to watch a Meteor Shower. But each one has a very different idea of what they want to get out of the experience.
  • SLEEPING BEAUTY ISN'T GOING TO SAVE YOU
    [Full-Length Sci-fi/Fantasy]
    While scavenging for old world technology that can be used to buy their way into the supposedly Utopian fortress, known only as the City, a group of women unearth a cryogenic chamber containing the sole living person from the pre-apocalyptic world. They believe her to be Sleeping Beauty, who has become a religious icon in their society, but when they accidentally bring her...
    [Full-Length Sci-fi/Fantasy]
    While scavenging for old world technology that can be used to buy their way into the supposedly Utopian fortress, known only as the City, a group of women unearth a cryogenic chamber containing the sole living person from the pre-apocalyptic world. They believe her to be Sleeping Beauty, who has become a religious icon in their society, but when they accidentally bring her out of centuries of frozen slumber, she is not at all what they expect.
  • SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS -a monologue
    [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.
  • THIS IS AND IS NOT CRESSID
    Script coming soon.

    CW: Mentions of death, Blood, Mentions of sexual harrassment and assault, Mentions of sexually transmitted diseases, War, and Misogyny

    Hector is dead, and Hecuba wants someone to blame. All eyes look to blame the beauty whose face launched a thousand ships: Helen. She, in order to save her own skin, offers Cressida as the reason for Troilus’s recent wild...
    Script coming soon.

    CW: Mentions of death, Blood, Mentions of sexual harrassment and assault, Mentions of sexually transmitted diseases, War, and Misogyny

    Hector is dead, and Hecuba wants someone to blame. All eyes look to blame the beauty whose face launched a thousand ships: Helen. She, in order to save her own skin, offers Cressida as the reason for Troilus’s recent wild behavior. Helen suggests that Hector’s death is a direct result of Troilus’s recklessness. Cressida is dragged from the Grecian camp back to Troy to face a reckoning in the court of public opinion. This trial of sorts is the focus of everyone but Cassandra, who tries to direct attention to the giant wooden horse that looms at the city gates. Heedless of Cassandra’s warnings, Hecuba, Andromache, and Helen gang up on Cressida to teach her the duty women owe their men. Cressida makes her defense while Troy crumbles around her.
  • 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. 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.