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Anna Moench's plays include The Pillow Book, Great Eastern, BRAINS, and The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner. She has been produced in New York venues such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dixon Place, The Looking Glass Theatre, and FringeNYC, and has developed work around the country at New Dramatists (NYC), The Inkwell (DC), Oracle Theatre (NYC), the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (AK), and the Sewanee Writers' Conference (TN). Awards include the Jerome Foundation's 2009 Travel Grant, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship (SWC), first place in Spoke The Hub's 2009 Winter Follies, and an E.S.T./Sloan commission. Anna is a member playwright of E.S.T.’s Youngblood and Old Vic New Voices.

Great Eastern

Every 17 years, the Great Eastern Brood of periodical cicadas swarm the city of Baltimore, molting, soaring, and singing their hearts out in a desperate mating ritual of apocalyptic proportions. Entomologists Cora and Douglass are preparing for the impending cicada emergence when a young lab assistant enters their midst, unwittingly uncovering a past that all three of them share. GREAT EASTERN is a story that travels back and forth through time, examining the surprising power of small things in large numbers, whether they be insects, secrets, or lies.