Monet Hurst-Mendoza

Monet Hurst-Mendoza

Monet Hurst-Mendoza is an NYC-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theater Collective, Astoria Performing Arts Center (VEIL'D, world premiere), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, |the claque|, Looking Glass Theatre (NYC), Amios, The Oneness Project, The Other Mirror, Magic Time @ Judson, Atlantic Acting School/ NYU Tisch, The Kupferberg Center for the Arts...
Monet Hurst-Mendoza is an NYC-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theater Collective, Astoria Performing Arts Center (VEIL'D, world premiere), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, |the claque|, Looking Glass Theatre (NYC), Amios, The Oneness Project, The Other Mirror, Magic Time @ Judson, Atlantic Acting School/ NYU Tisch, The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, #serials@The Flea, WP Theater, The Public Theater, Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Monet is an alum of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, the R&D Group at The Civilians, WP Playwrights Lab, and the Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists. She has held residencies with The Other Mirror, The MITTEN Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She has been a finalist for Playwright's Week and the New York Jerome Fellowship at The Lark, Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange, the Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwright's Center, the Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Artemisia Fall Festival, The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Forward Flux Three New American Plays Project, and the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize (Honorable Mention, 2017). Smith Prize for Political Theatre and Cherry Lane Mentor Project nominations. Broadway: Assistant to the Playwright for OSLO at Lincoln Center Theater. She is a proud affiliate of Rising Circle Theater Collective, where she co-facilitates INKtank/PlayRISE—a developmental writers lab and new works festival for emerging playwrights of color. B.A.: Marymount Manhattan College.

Plays

  • Torera
    Childhood friends Elena Ramírez and Tanok Cárdenas come from different worlds, but share one dream: to become matadors in Mexico's bullfighting circuit. Elena's mother, Pastora, is the live-in housekeeper for her childhood confidant, renowned rejoneador, Rafael Cárdenas. Though class and gender divide this household, Pastora raises Tanok and Elena side by side, while keeping a watchful eye on her...
    Childhood friends Elena Ramírez and Tanok Cárdenas come from different worlds, but share one dream: to become matadors in Mexico's bullfighting circuit. Elena's mother, Pastora, is the live-in housekeeper for her childhood confidant, renowned rejoneador, Rafael Cárdenas. Though class and gender divide this household, Pastora raises Tanok and Elena side by side, while keeping a watchful eye on her daughter's budding interest in bullfighting from Rafael's young protégé. As Elena and Tanok grow, she proves a much more skilled fighter than Tanok, and what began as child's play is now a vocation. Determined to rise to the top of this sport on her own merits, Tanok agrees to help Elena achieve her dreams by training her away from the prying eyes of their parents. But when legacy, tradition, and family secrets collide, who will rise and who will fall?
  • Blind Crest
    Tyrell Johnson sits on Death Row for the double-murder of two undercover detectives. Mara Hernandez is a fresh-faced corrections officer, newly appointed to the night watch. Together, this unlikely pair, form an intense bond and make a pact to have a baby. A dark twist on the “boy-meets-girl” and inspired by the unfolding true story of Ronnell Wilson and Nancy Gonzalez, Blind Crest investigates racial identity...
    Tyrell Johnson sits on Death Row for the double-murder of two undercover detectives. Mara Hernandez is a fresh-faced corrections officer, newly appointed to the night watch. Together, this unlikely pair, form an intense bond and make a pact to have a baby. A dark twist on the “boy-meets-girl” and inspired by the unfolding true story of Ronnell Wilson and Nancy Gonzalez, Blind Crest investigates racial identity and mass incarceration in the U.S. by compelling us to ask, "what is the value of a Black life in America, and at what cost are we willing to fight for it?”
  • Veil'd
    Not every fairy tale has sunshine. Dima is a 16-year old outcast with a rare skin allergy who hides behind her mother's old burqa. Her best friend is a talking nurse shark named Speedo that she keeps hidden in her room. Strained between their daughter’s obsessive attachment to her burqa and her inability to step outside, Dima's parents fear that she will never experience the world around her. That is...
    Not every fairy tale has sunshine. Dima is a 16-year old outcast with a rare skin allergy who hides behind her mother's old burqa. Her best friend is a talking nurse shark named Speedo that she keeps hidden in her room. Strained between their daughter’s obsessive attachment to her burqa and her inability to step outside, Dima's parents fear that she will never experience the world around her. That is, until she begins a secret friendship with her "Prince Charming"--a streetwise, hipster poet-boy named Elliot, who throws poems through her window. Together (and with a little encouragement from Speedo), Dima and Elliot embark on a magical journey of first love, culminating in an unforgettable trip to the Atlantic Ocean. Rapunzel never had it this bad. Or this good.
  • Lilia
    In a small Yucatecan town circa 1960’s Mexico, 14 year-old religiously devout Lilia is forced to turn to prostitution as a means of making a living. When young Lilia develops an unconventional friendship with a compassionate new priest in town, everyone’s faith is tested. Caught between the secrets and lies that force us to question the morality of human nature, "Lilia" presents a passionate allegory...
    In a small Yucatecan town circa 1960’s Mexico, 14 year-old religiously devout Lilia is forced to turn to prostitution as a means of making a living. When young Lilia develops an unconventional friendship with a compassionate new priest in town, everyone’s faith is tested. Caught between the secrets and lies that force us to question the morality of human nature, "Lilia" presents a passionate allegory about choosing between duty and desire.