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What I Thought I Knew

What I Thought I Knew is adapted by Cohen from her acclaimed memoir, What I Thought I Knew: a memoir —winner of Oprah magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer and the Elle Literary Grand Prize for Nonfiction. Alice, an infertile 44-year-old solo theatre artist and single adoptive mom, is raced to an emergency CAT scan for a large abdominal tumor, which turns out not to be a tumor at all; she is six months pregnant. It’s the start of a perfect storm that forces her to make the most difficult decision of her life, and sends her on an odyssey through doubt, a broken medical system, the mind-boggling complexities of abortion rights.

  • Alice Eve Cohen
    Award-winning playwright and memoirist. Winner of Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Award, National Jewish Playwriting Award, Oprah Magazine 25 Best Books of Summer, Elle Grand Prix for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. Many more. Cohen has written TV for CBS and Nickelodeon. This is her first feature screenplay.
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  • Multiple awards for playwriting and memoir-writing. This is my first feature screenplay.
Writer Biography - Alice Eve Cohen

Alice Eve Cohen: Winner of the 2021 National Jewish Playwriting Contest and the 2019 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, Cohen’s plays include Oklahoma Samovar, In the Cervix of Others, Hotel Limbo, What I Thought I Knew, Mrs. Satan & The Nasty Woman, Thin Walls, The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, and The Year My Mother Came Back. Her plays have been performed for over 200,000 people on four continents, at venues including: The Kitchen Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop (Mondays @3, Just Add Water festival, and O Solo Mio festival), New Georges, Six Points Theatre, Here Arts Center, All for One Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Theatre for the New City, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Ko Festival, Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western NY, The Women’s Project, The Performing Garage, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, LA Women’s Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Hudson Opera House, KiMo Theatre, Theatre for the New City, RVCC Arts, Dance Theatre Workshop, University of Michigan, Fordham University, University of Baltimore, Smithsonian Institution, Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility; and at theatres and festivals in Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Trinidad, Norway, and Canada.
Cohen’s plays are published by NoPassport Press, and her monologues are anthologized in Smith & Kraus’s The Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2022, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2022, Applause Theatre and Cinema Books’ She Persisted (2021) and The Best Women’s Monologues from New Plays 2020. She has written television for CBS and Nickelodeon. Cohen’s acclaimed memoirs, published by Viking/Penguin and Algonquin Books, have been honored with the Elle Grand Prix for Nonfiction and Oprah magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer. A finalist for the O’Neill, the McKnight National Residency and Commission, New Dramatists, and the Ashland New Play Festival, she has received fellowships and grants from NY State Council on the Arts, the NEA, Meet the Composer, Poets & Writers, and an Emmy Award Special Commendation. She is the founding editor of Play by Play, Theatre Development Fund’s theatre journal written by and for teens.
Alice’s work has been developed through artist fellowships and residencies with the Orchard Project, Voice & Vision’s Envision Retreat, American Opera Projects, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, EST Playwrights Unit, Honor Roll, Dramatists Guild and Authors Guild. Cohen has an MFA from The New School and a BA cum laude from Princeton University. She teaches playwriting at Augsburg University MFA Program and The New School Creative Writing Program, where she received the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
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In my writing, I start with events from my life, which I transform into stories for the page, stage, or screen, often creating darkly comic mashups of real and imagined worlds. It is an important part of my writing practice to bring social justice issues to light. IN THE CERVIX OF OTHERS combines Greek myth, mothers and daughters, the Marx Brothers, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, and generations of pharmaceutical corruption. My play HOTEL LIMBO interrogates homelessness. My screenplay, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, adapted from my memoir about my unexpected pregnancy, wrestles with reproductive rights and our broken health care system.