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Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky

by Dianne Nora

East to Edinburgh - 59E59 Theater C

July 25th at 8:30pm, July 26th at 6:30pm, July 25th at 6:30pm

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Greenside Venue’s Infirmary Street - Forest Theater

August 2nd - 10th and August 12th - 17th, 10pm

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About the Play - Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky is a provocative new play by playwright Dianne Nora. The play follows a woman named Monica through a series of relationships that take place between 1990 and present day. During these scenes between friends, lovers, boyfriends, girlfriends, and therapists, we are asked to contemplate how men and women are treated differently when intimate encounters are played out under public scrutiny. The play also explores how we, personally and nationally, react to sex and scandal. As the title clearly states, this play is not about Monica Lewinsky. In fact, one could argue that the play truly is about the array of other characters Monica encounters throughout. It explores how those characters treat her, perceive her, use her, label her, and make assumptions about who she is. As Monica navigates these obstacles we watch her struggle to claim her own identity. Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky humanizes the individual and, in doing so, Monica becomes a sort of Everywoman, to which a diverse audience can relate.

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