DNA, or The Book of Brad

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Monica Bauer

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DNA, or The Book of Brad, is romantic comedy about a brand new Jew trying to find her family. A young African American adoptee takes a DNA test that sets her on a comic journey to meet her new Jewish relatives, while deciding with her Jewish girlfriend how much of a brand new Jew she wants to be.



Short Summary

Rabbi Brad, Rabbi to the Stars, founder of Extremely Progressive Judaism, author of "God and Sex, What's Not to Like," dies in a car crash during phone sex on the 405. A week after his death, his illegitimate daughter Rose's DNA test points her to an elderly rabbi, Shmuel Cohen, Brad's father.

Shmuel dies, after doing everything in his power to bring his beloved new grandchild Rose into the family. Rose and Paula have grown to love Shmuel, and each other. Rabbi Brad's books have helped Rose understand her complicated father. And Rose has found a beloved sibling, Brad's son Jacob.


Los Angeles, and Mendocino CA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Rose Pettigrew

Age: 28

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Engaging,Faithful,Insecure,Complex,Charming,Sexy,Funny,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Paula Bernstein

Age: 35

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Complex,Leader,Funny,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Jason Cohen

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Clumsy,Complex,Insecure,Underdog,Outspoken,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Shmuel Cohen

Age: 83

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Selfless,Religious

Development Pitch

This was written by an experienced playwright who knows how to write strong scenes and develop a story with a compelling beginning, middle, and end. The characters are complex and appealing, perfect for an offbeat indie feature film or a Netflix or HBO series. The quest by our African-American/Jewish heroine has a long engaging arc full of action, as she tries, with the help of her ally and mentor Rabbi Shmuel, to find a place in this new family. The chief obstacle is Rabbi Brad's widow, who's hiding a big family secret. There's a reason she's dead set against her son Jacob taking a DNA test. And Jacob is so estranged from his dead father that, although he wants at first to have a relationship with this new sister, he's confused and conflicted: his new sister Rose wants to believe their father was a good guy, and Jacob knows otherwise, but doesn't want to tell. This all plays out in Hollywood, where Jacob is desperately trying to become a comedian, and finally runs away from home at the age of 28. Elderly Shmuel Cohen, a Billy Crystal type, tries to make them all a happy family, but twists and turns, including his own precarious heart condition, loom large over this story.

About The Author

Monica Bauer is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed Off Broadway, off-off Broadway, regionally in Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Detroit, and internationally at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals. Her most successful play, "Vivian's Music, 1969," is published by Original Works Publishing. She's a graduate of Brown, Yale, and Boston University (MA in Creative Writing).

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning,LGBT Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: KIndle Direct Publishing

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



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