I'm Monica Trausch, a playwright and screenwriter originally from Los Angeles, currently based in Brooklyn. My plays have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, and Cambodia, among others. I received her MFA from The Writer's Foundry, where I studied with Leah Nanako Winkler. I write about characters who overcome self-doubt, who live without shame, and who love unconditionally.
I will be appearing on the playwriting podcast Beckett’s Babies in June 2019!
Check out my latest travel writing in Off Assignment!
Feature, coming of age comedy
New in town, an insecure teen's imaginary friend pressures her into a ruthless quest to join the Insta-famous cool clique - at any cost.
WAYS TO DISAPPEAR
Feature, romantic comedy
When a compulsive liar pretends to be wealthy to impress a guy he must become a member of an elite social club in order to win the guy of his dreams.
STONE RIVER FLORAL
An hour long TV dramedy
An optimistic matchmaking florist in rural Upper Michigan finds true love the second time around, and convinces widows and widowers to give love another chance as well, while navigating the ups and downs of running a small business and balancing family life.
A hilarious full length comedy about celebrity culture and how fantasy, imagination, and Instagram can take over the lives of teenagers. This play follows Dakota on her quest for achievable perfection and fantasy fulfilled in a world that tells her that this is possible.
A full length drama about a ragtag group of friends who are stuck on the on the border of Cambodia and Thailand for the night. The friends' inability to move forward forces them to confront the reality of sudden death and the secrets they have been hiding from each other. They are faced with culture clash, loss, and the task of moving forward.
Semi-finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2015
DEAR CHERYL STRAYED
Everyone thinks they're special, but what if you're not? Tammi's favorite author/fairy godmother Cheryl Strayed is special. Tammi's fantasy visions of herself and her boyfriend are totally special, too. Tammi believes that if she wins this big, fancy writer's fellowship, it'll be the push she needs to get out of Death Valley Junction and move to New York City. But what happens when dreams go unfulfilled? When ambition fizzles?
EMILY THE ARTIST
This play for young audiences, developed by and for middle school kids, follows Emily on her quest for greatness. Along the way, Emily confronts the death of her Grandmother, realizes what it means to be an artist and to live truthfully, and has some help from some mischievous Greek Gods along the way.
Finalist, NYU New Plays for Young Audiences Festival, 2017
Aria's friend Kay has a secret. Deep in the Woods, she meets with an evil being who tells her to do bad things. When Kay threatens Bree, will Ara go along with Kay's plan? Is there a way to escape your fate? Your life? Yourself?