WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW by Alice Eve Cohen

Alice is happy for the first time in years. She has a new love in her life, she is raising her beloved adopted daughter and her career is blossoming—when she starts experiencing mysterious symptoms. After months of tests, X-rays, and inconclusive diagnoses, Alice is raced to an emergency CAT scan that reveals the truth: she is six months pregnant. At age 44, with no prenatal care, no insurance coverage for high-risk pregnancy, and little hope of carrying the baby to term, she is launched on an odyssey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the complex terrain of motherhood and family. Adapted from her acclaimed memoir, one actress plays multiple roles in this darkly comic solo play, about a woman who has come to terms with infertility and now struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb. The play is scheduled for production at several theaters in the 2012-13 season. It was developed in performance workshops at University of Michigan, Fordham University, The Envision Retreat, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Praise for WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW: A MEMOIR "Her darkly hilarious memoir is an unexpected bundle of joy." O, the Oprah Magazine “By turns black comedy, Kafkaesque nightmare, medical mystery, and crisis of faith, What I Thought I Knew is ultimately a love story.” –Donald Margulies, Pulitzer Prize for Drama “This wonderful, uplifting book is about facing life on life’s terms.” –Winnie Holzman, book writer, Wicked the musical “Profound, honest, hilarious, humane, surprising." –Anne Lamott, author “A true page-turner: a compelling and utterly unique human journey told with ruthless honesty and humor. All I kept thinking was ‘what a woman!’” –Christine Baranski, actress
Alice Eve Cohen is a playwright, solo theatre artist, and memoirist. Her memoir, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, (Viking-Penguin) won Elle’s Lettres Grand Prix for Nonfiction, Oprah Magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer, and Salon's Best Books of the Year. Her plays, including THIN WALLS, OKLAHOMA SAMOVAR, JESSICA’S CERVIX and HANNAH AND THE HOLLOW CHALLAH have been presented by: New York Theatre Workshop, The New Georges, 78th Street Theatre Lab, DTW, Here, EST, Women’s Project, Kitchen Theatre, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, LA Women’s Theatre Festival, Adirondack Theatre Festival, U Michigan, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, The Public Theatre, and festivals in Ireland, Scotland, Israel and Trinidad. Honored by fellowships and grants from NY State Council on the Arts, NEA, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Voice & Vision, and DTW’s First Light, she holds an MFA from the New School and a BA from Princeton University. She teaches at The New School.