OKLAHOMA SAMOVAR, finalist 2021 National Jewish Playwriting Contest
THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK, 2021 premiere, Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western NY
Synopsis: In 1887, two Latvian teenagers, Jake and Hattie, flee the Russian Army and become the only Jews in the Oklahoma Land Rush. 100 years later, their ninety-year-old daughter Sylvia reinvents their story of five generations in a Jewish pioneer family, traveling East to West and then West to East, staking their claims in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Coney Island, putting down roots and digging graves, embodying their own Jewish variations on the mythologized and turbulent American Dream - an utterly human and absolutely unique American story, based on real events.
You can read the play here: New Play Exchange: Oklahoma Samovar
THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK, 2021 Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western NY produces filmed staged reading
Syopsis: Thirty years after her death, Alice's mother appears to her, and continues to do so, during the hardest year Alice has had to face. A love story. A ghost story. This play will speak to anybody who has ever loved their mother, struggled with their mother, lost their mother, or dreamt of reconciling with their mother. Adapted from Cohen's memoir.
Review in the Buffalo News "Alice Eve Cohen has an almost magical touch in the way she introduces her audience to a character... heading off through unexplored emotional territory full of fresh questions, surprising revelations and sometimes uncomfortable insights before arriving – ta da! – back at a place that is a lot like where everything started, only much better."
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Winner of the 2019 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award.
WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, adapted from Cohen's acclaimed memoir—one of Oprah Magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer and winner of Elle Lettres Grand Prix for Nonfiction, is a solo show with 40 characters.
Alice teaches playwriting, memoir, solo theater and performance, and is available for one-on-one consulations on plays, memoirs and solo shows. She teaches undergraduate creative writing and playwriting at The New School's Creative Writing Program and is an MFA mentor on the faculty of Augsburg Univeristy's Creative Writing MFA program.
2020 DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD, The New School.
In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb – six months into a high-risk pregnancy.
Elle's Lettres GRAND PRIX: BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
Oprah Magazine “25 BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER”
“I love, love, love this book. It’s so rich, so real and so moving… astonishingly wonderful—I was enthralled… You're a brilliant writer.”
—Caroline Leavitt, book critic for Boston Globe and People, and NY Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
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