Monica Palacios

Monica Palacios

Monica Palacios is the creator of solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories, stand-up comedy, poems, featuring the Latinx LGBTQ experience. Monica is the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College 2019. Palacios was granted The McKenna Guest Artist Award 2019 during her fall residency at Holyoke Community College. National and international scholars have critically engaged her work in academic...
Monica Palacios is the creator of solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories, stand-up comedy, poems, featuring the Latinx LGBTQ experience. Monica is the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College 2019. Palacios was granted The McKenna Guest Artist Award 2019 during her fall residency at Holyoke Community College. National and international scholars have critically engaged her work in academic journals, books, dissertations and conference panels. She is featured in the new queer documentary STAND UP, STAND OUT: The Making Of A Comedy Movement by David Pavlosky, about the first gay comedy club in the nation 1980s San Francisco www.standupstandoutfilm.com. Monica was selected as the playwriting faculty for the 2020 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, a program of the national organization Lambda Literary. Palacios has received numerous awards for her positive contributions to the Latinx LGBTQ population, most recently from the City of Los Angeles as a Latinx LGBTQ Trailblazer. Monica was selected for a Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from University of California Santa Barbara allowing her to write, direct and produce her play Sweet Peace. Current solo performances and plays being presented: I'm Still Here, Say Their Names, San Francisco Mi Amor!, BROWNER QUEERER LOUDER PROUDER and I Kissed Chavela Vargas. Recent publications include: Practicing Transgressions by Third Woman Press 2020; The Jota Anthology by Korima Press 2020; Scenes For Latinx Actors: Voices of The New American Theatre by Smith and Kraus Publishers 2018; Pulse/Pulso: In Remembrance of Orlando by Damaged Goods Press 2018; Game Changers: Lesbians You Should Know About by Robin Lowey Press 2017—Winner of Next Generation Indie Book Award 2018, and IMANIMAN: Poets Writing In The Anzaldúan Borderlands by Aunt Lute Press 2016

Plays

  • I Kissed Chavela Vargas
    I Kissed Chavela Vargas is a memory play with music that revolves around three generations of Chicanas. A performance piece about performing, aging, healing, female sexuality and about grace.
    Vivacious 70 year old Rosa struts around her world in a black slip and heels proving to her over-protective daughter Petra she’s not your ordinary retiree. Petra’s daughter Blue is at the start of her singing career...
    I Kissed Chavela Vargas is a memory play with music that revolves around three generations of Chicanas. A performance piece about performing, aging, healing, female sexuality and about grace.
    Vivacious 70 year old Rosa struts around her world in a black slip and heels proving to her over-protective daughter Petra she’s not your ordinary retiree. Petra’s daughter Blue is at the start of her singing career and has a deep connection with her eccentric grandmother. A tragic event brings Nurse Chavela into the trio’s mix allowing Rosa to reveal her true colors. Mother, daughter and granddaughter struggle with their relationships with one another and with life. They sing, they dance, they fight and ultimately they find love.
  • Say Their Names
    Performance tribute to the 49 Pulse Nightclub victims in Orlando.
  • Prom
    When denied her right to take her girlfriend to the prom, Lesbian Teen fights for equality in her ass kicking tuxedo.
  • Clock
    A Chicana lesbian couple is trying to figure out if they want to have a baby and everyone has an opinion even Leti The Goddess of Fertility.