Samantha Cocco

Samantha Cocco

Samantha Cocco is a Cleveland, Ohio-based professional actor, reviewer, and playwright. She started performing professionally in 2017 and works mainly with professional and semi-professional theatres in the Northeast Ohio region, as well as some independent filmmakers and modeling. She started writing short plays and long poems in 2023, and started reviewing for small houses, especially plays written by...
Samantha Cocco is a Cleveland, Ohio-based professional actor, reviewer, and playwright. She started performing professionally in 2017 and works mainly with professional and semi-professional theatres in the Northeast Ohio region, as well as some independent filmmakers and modeling. She started writing short plays and long poems in 2023, and started reviewing for small houses, especially plays written by playwrights and/or centering characters who are Black, brown, indigenous, and queer. A kayaker, cyclist, and dog connoisseur, Samantha is originally from San Francisco, works full-time as a nonprofit administrator, and volunteers and travels frequently. See her full breadth of work at samanthacocco.com.

Plays

  • A Couple More Hours
    This poetic monologue is an exploration of healing between a woman and her body. How do men alter that relationship between soul and body, sometimes forever? How does the body remember trauma? Can the body forgive? Can we live despite it all? Because of it all? Can we find rest?

    This piece is intended to be performed, not simply read. I am working on physical movement to accompany the words, and...
    This poetic monologue is an exploration of healing between a woman and her body. How do men alter that relationship between soul and body, sometimes forever? How does the body remember trauma? Can the body forgive? Can we live despite it all? Because of it all? Can we find rest?

    This piece is intended to be performed, not simply read. I am working on physical movement to accompany the words, and may incorporate a man into the physical movement.
  • Whatever You Conceive Him to Be
    A woman sits, alone, at a bar, world-weary. An old man enters and takes the stool next to her, and begins talking with her. Things get quite personal, quite fast. Is it possible to find some semblance of healing through this odd interaction between strangers? For her? For him?
  • The Temptation of Adam
    The United States is engaged in World War 3, and the threat of the deployment of nuclear weapons is high. Most of the US military has been wiped out. A select number of people have been moved to underground bunkers, some of whom have been drafted to serve as transmission takers and those who will be responsible for detonating the nuclear weapons if given the order. Adam is one of these draftees. In his bunker,...
    The United States is engaged in World War 3, and the threat of the deployment of nuclear weapons is high. Most of the US military has been wiped out. A select number of people have been moved to underground bunkers, some of whom have been drafted to serve as transmission takers and those who will be responsible for detonating the nuclear weapons if given the order. Adam is one of these draftees. In his bunker, in between taking daily transmissions, he has fallen in love with Marie, who doesn't pay him any attention. Until she does. Would she still notice him above ground? If not, what will Adam do to keep her?

    Based on the song 'The Temptation of Adam' by Josh Ritter, 2008.

    15 minute version and 30 minute version both available. Full-length version in process.
  • Foots, Foots, Foots
    Loren returns home from work to their partner Jo as well as a severed... limb... in the bedroom. Jo, who works from home, has no explanation and seems strangely unbothered by its presence. What was the limb, you ask? Well, the answer to that question is exactly the problem.
  • Straight Play
    Lark and Vaughn, quintessentially Midwestern self-appointed connoisseurs of all things culture, are excited to be in the audience for the local premiere of a new musical when things start to feel... off.