Arts in the Armed Forces: "Civilian Playwright Mona Mansour on Reading/Writing Military Themes"

“Mona Mansour is a playwright and one of the members of the Bridge Award judging panel. Her recent play, We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War, tackles issues dealing with military service and is currently receiving its world premiere production at the Golden Thread theater in San Francisco. The Bridge Award coordinator, Anna O'Donoghue, recently sat down with Mona to talk about her process of working on the play, and what it's like for a civilian writer to approach topics of military life.”

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We Swim We TalkMona Mansour
Fairfax County Times: "Mona Mansour brings fallible Arab American characters to stage"

“‘You never know where something takes you as a writer… you think you want to write about one thing and it leads you to another path.’

These are the words of Mona Mansour, a Lebanese American playwright who set out to write a play about her father’s choice not to go back to Lebanon. Unexpectedly, she ended up following a character who is a refugee in a Palestinian camp.”

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American Theatre: "Mona Mansour: Urgent Tales and Breakfast-Table Politics"

“In her play Urge for Going—which received a 2011 Public Theater LAB production in New York City under Hal Brooks’s direction, and will have its West Coast premiere Nov. 14–Dec. 8 presented by Golden Thread Productions at Z Space in San Francisco, with Evren Odcikin at the helm—the conflicts within a family of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon rise and fall in ways that leave you breathless.”

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Urge for GoingRobin Dienel