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Megan Cohen rehearsing a play for the San Francisco Neo-Futurists at Boxcar Theater

(Megan onstage. Photo: Adam Smith)

Solo Performance

THIRST TRAP in San Francisco

Oct 12, 2017 at San Francisco Olympians Festival, SF CA.
8pm, $10.

{A family made out of water lives in a bucket. Someone stares into it, dips her fingers into it, blows bubbles into it with a straw, and eventually drinks all of it.

Sip by sip, she absorbs the members of this formless and possibly imaginary family into her own real body in a comic parable about yearning, quenching, sacrifice, and how we navigate our contradictory needs in the context of fluids.

It's a solo performance, about 45 minutes long. I am going to do this show myself, so that I can write things into the script that I would never ask another performer to do. More info.}

Graphic by Cody Rishell

Writing Event


Oct 14, 2017 at the Exit Theater Cafe, SF CA.
8:30pm, free.

{The monthly playmaking party I co-founded with Stuart Bousel is going strong in its 4th year.

Over 500 brand-new monologues have been written and performed at this event, and we'd love to see you in the room!

On the 2nd Saturday of the month, write with us, act with us, or watch with us. More info.}

American Opera Initiative Festival presents Three New 20-Minute Operas!

New Opera

A BRIDGE FOR THREE in Washington, DC

Jan 20, 2017 with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

{I'm writing the libretto for a new 20-minute opera through Washington National Opera's "American Opera Initiative" program!

It's been a joy to collaborate with the wonderful emerging composer Nathan Fletcher, and to work under the mentorship of librettist Mark Campbell on my first professional opera commission.

If you're in D.C. in January, I hope you can share this night with us at the Kennedy Center! More info.}
Woman on horse during barrel race

A rodeo barrel racer in action.

New Opera


March 2021 with Houston Grand Opera's HGOco, Houston TX

{I'm writing the libretto for a commissioned chamber opera through Houston Grand Opera's HGOco program!

In my first collaboration with composer Nell Shaw Cohen, we'll be telling an original story about feminism and modern rodeo culture, informed by interviews with contemporary Texans. Yeah, that's right: it's a Feminist. Rodeo. Opera.

Small-town barrel racing champion Shayla Taylor and her sponsor, powerful businesswoman Jamie Mendoza, aim for a big win at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. When a bronc rider with a tragic past threatens Shayla's career-defining race, the women discover each other's strength in adversity with the help of a spirited rodeo queen. More info.}