Megan Cohen

Megan Cohen

* " A ruthless innovator" (SF Weekly)
* "One insightful and confident woman with a devilish sense of humor" (Huffington Post)
* "In the sui generis mind of theater artist Megan Cohen, silliness intermingles with oh-no-she-didn’t moxie; searing smarts blend seamlessly with surreal reverie and a bottomless capacity for feeling" (San Francisco Chronicle)

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* " A ruthless innovator" (SF Weekly)
* "One insightful and confident woman with a devilish sense of humor" (Huffington Post)
* "In the sui generis mind of theater artist Megan Cohen, silliness intermingles with oh-no-she-didn’t moxie; searing smarts blend seamlessly with surreal reverie and a bottomless capacity for feeling" (San Francisco Chronicle)

Megan Cohen (b. 1983) is a playwright and opera librettist, based in San Francisco, CA. Last year, her play FREE FOR ALL: A NEW MISS JULIE FOR A NEW WORLD was commissioned by and premiered at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco and was lauded as "The Best Party At The End of the World" in KQED's "Best Bay Area Theater of 2019." She is currently under commission for Houston Grand Opera's HGOco "Song of Houston" initiative to write the libretto for TURN AND BURN, a new full-length chamber opera about cowgirl culture and the lives of female athletes in contemporary rodeo (World Premiere 2021 in Houston, TX). Cohen's more-than-one-hundred texts for performance have been developed or performed in the US, UK, and Australia with partners including Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, the San Francisco Neo-Futurists, and Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. She is a resident artist at Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco, CA.

Twitter: @WayBetterThanTV. Website: MeganCohen.com.

Plays

  • Truest (April 2018 Draft)
    In TRUEST, Sam Shepard meets Thelma and Louise when we find two sisters in a kitchen, smoking guns in hand, standing over a pair of brothers who they've just shot dead. As these women chase their own uniquely twisted American dream in a landscape of canonical corpses, they dance an intricate psychological duet across a surreal terrain of luck, danger, slapstick, trauma, laughter, and yearning. In this...
    In TRUEST, Sam Shepard meets Thelma and Louise when we find two sisters in a kitchen, smoking guns in hand, standing over a pair of brothers who they've just shot dead. As these women chase their own uniquely twisted American dream in a landscape of canonical corpses, they dance an intricate psychological duet across a surreal terrain of luck, danger, slapstick, trauma, laughter, and yearning. In this delightfully upsetting comic grapple by an emerging feminist playwright, we follow a pair of sisters on their brutal hunt in search of tenderness. "Nobody ever said utopia would be easy."