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Chosen Child by Monica Bauer, directed by Megan Schy Gleeson, at Boston Playwrights' Theater, October 30-Nov.23rd, for more information visit their website.

Award winning playwright Monica Bauer brings staged readings of her newest play  to Indie Theater Now at Stage Left. In the drama "Chosen Child," three generations of mothers and memories combine to change the fate of a schizophrenic man at the Port Authority Bus terminal, who's waiting for a sister he hardly knows, to fulfill an agreement that was never made. Adoption, obligation, and the ties that may or may not bind. The staged readings will be directed by Austin Pendleton. "Chosen Child" will be given a workshop production later this fall at Boston Playwrights' Theater, directed by Megan Schy Gleeson, running from October 30 to November 23rd.

Bauer has won a number of awards, including the Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award, Outstanding Script at the Midtown International Theater Festival, Best Production of a Staged Reading at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity, and five-star reviews for her play "Made for Each Other" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Finalist for the Heideman Award, Actors Theater of Louisville. She was most recently commissioned by Manhattan Theater Works to write a new one act, "The Dance,"  that will premiere in New York September 10-14th as part of the MTWorks ReWorks series, directed by Dev Bondarin.

Reviews for Chosen Child:

"She does a great job of contrasting the flaws and the strengths to give us fully-realized characters and, frankly, none of them are very nice. However, they are complex and compelling, and this stellar cast nails them with intensity and commitment."- Nancy Grossman, Broadway World Boston (read the whole review by clicking HERE.)

"At first blush, its premise seems outlandish, but it cuts deeper than unsuspecting theatergoers realize, because they identify with it, through their own similar experiences." - Sheila Barth, Theater Mirror (read the whole review by clicking HERE.)

"You might surmise that CHOSEN CHILD is an agonizing tragedy. Far from it: Bauer makes this family’s travails quite funny at times, and then deeply affecting, before delivering a nifty, redemptive twist." - Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review Kindred Minds (read the whole review by clicking HERE.)

"Overall there is a genuine value of seeing this play, an original by a Boston Playwright. It delivers an important message, sometimes difficult to watch, painful in so many ways." - Zvi A. Sesling, Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene (read the whole review by clicking HERE.)


Made for Each Other news:

We had a successful run at The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival!


Check out the review from the Orlando Sentinel by clicking HERE.


The Maternal Instinct, produced at the Dukebox Theater for Atomic Force Productions (UK) named one of three runners-up for New South Best New Writing Prize at 2013 Brighton Fringe Festival. Review here.


Porter's Will, staged reading as part of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity.


Was nominated "Best Overall Production of a Staged Reading"!

Benefiting: Hospice of New York, Written by: Monica Bauer (Nominated 2013 Planet Connections Festivity for "Outstanding Playwrighting of a staged reading"), Directed by: Jerry James (Nominated 2013 Planet Connections Festivity for "Outstanding Direction of a Staged Reading"), Produced by: Good Works Productions, Performed by John Fico (Nominated 2013 Planet Connections Festivity "Outstanding Actor in a staged reading" for his role as Porter), Alisha Giampola (Nominated 2013 Planet Connections Festivity "Outstanding Actress in a staged reading" for her role as Gracie), Daniel Bonthius, Nick Ruggeri, and Kathleen McGrath


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