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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Off-Broadway debut for Bauer, with award-winning play at Urban Stages

Monica Bauer
My Occasion of Sin will mark Monica Bauer's off-Broadway debut with a production this spring at Urban Stages.

Here’s the official announcement:

Urban Stages is proud to announce its spring production of My Occasion of Sin by Monica Bauer – a play that was submitted during our 'Words By Women' Reading Series. 

1969. Omaha, Nebraska. Around town feet tap to new types of rhythms – to Soul, to Rock and Roll and, most of all, to Jazz! Mary and Vivian, two young girls from two different sides of town – the white side and the black side – vow to drink the jazz scene in for their own private reasons. Music seems to unite and uplift everyone around despite creed or color…that is, for a little while. Soon racial tensions grow louder than beats on a drum and the lives of the young girls are the first demolished. 

Previews begin March 16, with opening night set for March 21.

My Occasion of Sin received a workshop production at Omaha’s Shelterbelt Theatre last April. That production won two of Omaha’s Theatre Arts Guild Awards (one for outstanding script), and is currently nominated for an Omaha Arts and Entertainment Award (in the Best New Script category). The play was also was a finalist for The Abingdon Theatre’s (NYC) Christopher Brian Wolk Award in 2011.

Monica shared her account of
My Occasion of Sin’s “meandering” journey to production with us here.

Congratulations on the next stop on the journey, Monica! Road trip!

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