Monica Raymond

Monica Raymond

Plays

  • A TO Z
    A TO Z follows two women, Annie (white) and Zafiya (Black and queer), through forty years of US history, and all of the letters of the alphabet.

    In 1968, Annie, a college freshman, comes to tutor Zafiya in a juvenile detention center. But she learns more than she bargained for. Zafiya tells Annie she’s given birth and had a daughter taken away from her at the center, and charges Annie to find out...
    A TO Z follows two women, Annie (white) and Zafiya (Black and queer), through forty years of US history, and all of the letters of the alphabet.

    In 1968, Annie, a college freshman, comes to tutor Zafiya in a juvenile detention center. But she learns more than she bargained for. Zafiya tells Annie she’s given birth and had a daughter taken away from her at the center, and charges Annie to find out what happened to her. Instead, Annie falls in love with Zafiya's activist brother, Tyrone, and winds up helping Zafiya escape.

    Twenty-five years later, the two women meet again--Zafiya now the author of a much-praised memoir and Annie only recently emerging from life underground, where she fled after Tyrone’s murder. The two women struggle to understand what happened and to reconnect, but they massively confuse and disappoint one another.

    Finally, in 2008, Annie, this time with some crucially important information, tries again to reconnect with Zafiya, who's made her own peace with the past.
  • THE OWL GIRL
    Two families in an unnamed Middle Eastern country both have keys to the same house. What happens when they try to live in it together? The fathers play historical chess; the mothers cook together, even though one uses mint and the other dill; the lovers dare to imagine a future; and war mad children play doctor and murder. But when one girl’s dreams of flight are (literally) shot down, the betrayals and...
    Two families in an unnamed Middle Eastern country both have keys to the same house. What happens when they try to live in it together? The fathers play historical chess; the mothers cook together, even though one uses mint and the other dill; the lovers dare to imagine a future; and war mad children play doctor and murder. But when one girl’s dreams of flight are (literally) shot down, the betrayals and realignments which follow make us question our very definition of peace.

    OWL GIRL has won the Clauder Competition Gold Medal, the Castillo Theater Award in Political Theater, the Peacewriting Award, a top ten (2015) for the Jewish Plays Project, and has been nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.