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Monica Bauer

MONICA BAUER

Monica Bauer is currently an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She was the 2005 Teaching Fellow in the Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University, where she received an MA in playwriting. She has been a student of Kate Snodgrass, Gary Garrison, and Craig Lucas. Awards include Outstanding Playwriting, the 2008 Midtown International Theater Festival (The Higher Education of Khalid Amir), third place in New Works for Young Women (The Maternal Instinct), and the Audience Favorite Award at Short Attention Span PlayFest (My Trip to the State Pen). Her ten-minute play, Answering, was a Finalist for the 2008 Heideman Award from the Actors’ Theater of Louisville. Her one act, “Two Men Walked Into a Bar”, was in the Short Play Lab at GPTC in 2007. Her plays have been performed many places, including off-off Broadway, Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Providence, and Los Angeles. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

My Occasion of Sin

In the Catholic church, an “occasion of sin” is a person, place, or thing that is a temptation. To avoid sin, first avoid the “occasion of sin.” Was putting black and white people together for the first time in the 1960s an “occasion of sin”? Can people move beyond their prejudices when cultures clash for the first time? Jazz, polka, rock and roll, all collide as two teenage girls from opposite sides of the color line look to the same man for hope: Luigi Wells. Luigi needs to make money fast, so he can save the Dreamland Ballroom, and return it to its former glory. George Hollewinsky needs to turn his accordion studio into a rock and roll studio, before he goes broke. Reaching beyond black and white in 1968 seems impossible, then necessary, and finally comfortable, until the neighbor’s react, and the riot draws closer.