A mother is lost in the forest searching for her missing baby. In the forest she meets one of its inhabitants, a forest child. But time works differently in the forest and child she seeks is the grown man before her. The mother cannot accept that this is the child that she hoped for, and the child seeking only to be seen for who he has become refuses to pretend to be the person the mother wants him to be. But the forest, which is a mother to all who come to her, provides as space for both mother and child to meet and reconcile and the chance for them to finally form a bond.
Monica Cross is a playwright and director in Gainesville, FL. She earned her MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University (formerly Mary Baldwin College) in 2013. Monica’s first full-length play, Wonder of Our Stage, was winner of the 2018 New Play Festival at the Players Centre and was produced as part of their Summer Sizzlers Series in 2019, and she was also awarded John Ringling Towers Individual Artists Award in Performance for this production. Her Play The Aria of Julie d’Aubigny was an O’Neill Semifinalist and a Semifinalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries in 2021. Her one-act Cyrano on the Moon was recently produced virtually by Whiskey Theatre Factory, an Orlando based artist collective. Her works can be found on the New Play Exchange and she is a Proud Member of the Dramatist Guild of America, and recently became the DG Regional Ambassador for Northern Florida.
Director – Laura Shatkus
Lostmother – Kristin Clippard
Forestchild – Kyle Brumley