The Way West

 (about 110 pages, four women, two men. dark comedy.)

Mom: ‘Sometimes when things are bad, you do best not to realize what is the reality of the situation. That’s prairie wisdom.’

The Way West tells the story of a modern-day, falling-apart California town, where Mom shares with her two squabbling daughters death-defying tales of pioneer crossings as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. Stories are stretched, songs are broken into, and checks are forged as Mom and her grown girls scrape for survival.


Labyrinth Theater, NYC, 2016: Nadia Bowers, Didi O’Connell, Anna O’Donoghue. Mimi O’Donnell directed.

mom and girls

end of play way west


way west at stepp

Steppenwolf, Chicago, 2014: Didi O’Connell, Zoe Perry and Caroline Neff; Amy Morton directed.

More pics here:


Caroline Neff, Zoe Perry


Zoe Perry, Gabriel Ruiz


Zoe Perry, Gabriel Ruiz


Caroline Neff, Didi O’Connell, Zoe Perry



8 Responses to “The Way West”

  1. Caitlin October 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi Mona,

    Is there anywhere I can purchase a copy of ‘The Way West’?


    • monaplaywright November 6, 2014 at 1:56 am #

      Hi! It’s not published yet. If for some reason you are near NY, there is a hard copy you can read at New Dramatists. If not, please check back. I hope it will be soon.

  2. Lori B October 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Dear Ms. Mansour, I would love to read your play but have not been able to find it for sale. Is it available for purchase? Thank you.

    • monaplaywright November 6, 2014 at 1:55 am #

      hi! it’s not published yet unfortunately. if you are in NY by any chance, you can go to the library at new dramatists and look at a hard copy. thanks for asking

  3. Deb Pickman April 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    Still no play script for this? I would love to read it and think about producing it in Canada…

    • monaplaywright April 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Deb, I just met someone from the theater community in Toronto and he was saying the same thing! I am really hoping we will get published soon. In the meantime if you want to send me your email address I can respond more directly. Thanks for looking! Mona

  4. Whitney Marlett April 19, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    I’m on the artistic team for an award winning community theatre in Wimberley, TX and we would LOVE to look at the script for a future season. I know everyone’s been requesting it but central Texas is chomping at the bit too!

    • monaplaywright May 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

      Hi Whitney, There are currently two publishers considering publishing the play. I would love for you to consider it! Send me your email address and we can discuss you getting a copy in the meantime. Best, Mona

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