Eva Moon could never settle her creativity on one thing. From piano to vocals, accordion, synth, ukulele to composing songs for herself, for her band, for theater, for films, to writing and acting in plays and at least three one-woman shows to writing screenplays, and working on film crews. She even tried stand-up comedy and improv. But it took a personal catastrophe to make her recognize the one connecting thread:
Eva Moon is a storyteller.
In 2012, Eva learned she carried the same BRCA1 genetic mutation that killed so many of her relatives and was killing her mother. BRCA1 brings with it a nearly 90% risk of breast cancer and over 55% chance of ovarian cancer. She made the heart-wrenching decision to undergo a voluntary, preventive double mastectomy and total hysterectomy. As she was recovering and also caring for her dying mother, she felt she might never create again.
But that turned out to be only the beginning of her true inspiration. As a way to process her grief, she wrote a song. Then another. It quickly grew into her one-woman musical comedy “The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes” which turned heartache into something positive, inspiring, and filled with hope and humor. Her first, and most meaningful performance was at her mother’s bedside in hospice, just days before she passed away. Since then, she has inspired and entertained audiences across the U.S and in the U.K., showing a path from loss to resilience. She speaks at national conferences on using humor to cope with stress.
A touch of magic. A touch of laughter.
That same trauma continues to inspire her work since then. The five stories in her musical stage play “First You Jump” all feature characters facing impossible choices, turning points where one must make a life-altering choice without knowing if it’s the right one. She finds that fantasy, magic, and humor have a way of shining a delicate and unexpected light on difficult, real-life truths we all face. In her novel, “Pinocchio at the End of the World” she explores questions that she has struggled with since her surgeries: How much of your identity is defined by your body? How much can you change and still be yourself?
Eva Moon’s original plays have been staged across the U.S. and in the U.K. Her solo show, The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes, is available streaming on Amazon. Her screenplay HOUSE ODDS was a Page Awards finalist and was optioned. She has released five music CDs, and her work has appeared in the soundtracks of two feature films: “You May Not Kiss the Bride” directed by Rob Hedden, and “Plunder: The Crime of Our Time” a documentary directed by Danny Schechter. Eva is a former Huffington Post blogger, a community arts activist, and sings in 15 languages, including English.
She lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and two naughty cats, hikes in the beautiful Pacific Northwest mountains, and loves to swim in lakes that are far too cold.
Eva Moon is an author, humorist, songwriter, internationally produced playwright, award winning, optioned screenwriter, and performer. She is a former blogger for the Huffington Post. Her plays and musicals have been staged across the US and UK, and her solo musical show, “The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes” is available streaming on Amazon. She has completed writing her first novel which follows the adventures of a grown-up, human Pinocchio in fascist Europe between the world wars, and is at work on a second fantasy novel.
Professional Affiliations, Education, Experience:
- Graduate, Master Screenwriting Certification, ScreenwritingU, 2017
- 4Culture Performing Arts Touring Artists Roster
- Production crew: Props, Set Design, Wardrobe, Script Supervision, Actor/musician/animal wrangling Award-Winning film “Shade of Music” and other films
- Dramatists Guild Member
- International Centre for Women Playwrights Member