SHE PLAYS!

by Cindy Cooper

July 18, 2017, 7 pm, Delhi, New York (in the beautiful Western Catskills)

SHE PLAYS!

Featuring Stacey Linnartz and Krystel Lucas, directed by Michelle Bossy

SUNY at Delhi, 7 pm  FREE 

Part of NYSSSA (New York State Summer School of the Arts), Peg Denithorne, Theater Program Director

SHE PLAYS by Cindy Cooper tells the riveting stories of six women from sports history who break barriers and challenge stereotypes. Their struggles and successes, shared by two performers, reveal the inner strength that inspires people to overcome obstacles on any field of endeavor.

The stories in the play include:

-Gertrude Ederle, known as “America’s sweetheart,” swims the English Channel with such speed that she beats the records of the men before her by five hours.

-Althea Gibson rises from a rugged childhood to become the first African-American star in world-class tennis.

-Gretel Bergmann crashes derogatory notions of athleticism as a Jewish-German track medalist preparing to compete in the 1936 “Nazi” Olympics. 

-Wilma Rudolph, once advised by doctors that she would never walk, instead becomes the fastest woman sprinter in international competition.

-Mamie (Peanut) Johnson takes to the mound in professional baseball as a winning pitcher in the all-male Negro Leagues after being turned down by women’s teams.

-Babe Didrikson, an all-around athlete of towering confidence and unmatched ability, earns four track and field world titles in one day and later captivates the golf world.

About the Team

Stacey Linnartz is a NYC-based actor, producer and teacher of acting. She is Executive Producer of Third Wing Media, which produces film, online content and theatre in NYC. She is a founder and Artistic Director of Kids Creative Collective, a nonprofit arts organization which makes theatre in NYC public schools. She just completed a run of An Enemy of the People in New York City. Her other acting credits include: God of Vengeance (The Barrow Group), Moditti (The Acorn/Theatre Row), Amendment 13 (Clubbed Thumb), Ghosting, Lost In Light (The Public Theatre), Heaven Can Wait (Actors Studio), Down The Road (ATA). Regional: Shipwrecked! (Capital Rep), A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya (New Harmony), Eclectic Society (Walnut Street), Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (Smoky Mountain Shakespeare). London: Old Times, Sirocco (Royal Court). Film: The Last 48, The Weekend, Swinging In Between, Shallow Point, The First Born, Godzilla. Web: First World problem, 12 Months of June. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Krystel Lucas is currently appearing at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Twelfth Night and The Book of Will. New York credits include Couriers and Contrabands (The Barrow Group Theatre Company) and Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Parking Lot). Regional credits include: Disgraced (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); The Merchant of Venice,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Old Globe); Macbeth, Death and the King’s Horseman (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Good People (Alley Theatre and Dorset Theatre Festival); The Christians (Denver Center), Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); and In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Syracuse Stage and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Television credits include Jessica Jones (Netflix) and The Blacklist (NBC). Krystel received her BA from University of North Carolina, Asheville, and her MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Michelle Bossy is a Mexican-American theater and film director dedicated to bringing original, new work to the stage and screen. Theater projects she has directed include Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason, Every Good Girl Deserves Fun by Heidi Armbruster, Sex of the Baby by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Cloven Tongues by Victor Lesniewski, Un Plugged In by Brian Pracht, South Beach Rapture by David Caudle, and Sarajevo’s Child by Katie Simon, among many other new plays. She directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech, and created the musical High School Confidential for Primary Stages with writers Janet Reed, Dan Ahearn, Sara Wordsworth and Russ Kaplan. She directed the short films 18 (world premiere, Austin Film Festival), written by Courtney Baron; She Grinds Her Own Coffee (New York Short Film Festival), written by Cheri Magid; and The New 35, written by Leslie Korein.  Michelle was the Associate Artistic Director of the off-Broadway theater company Primary Stages, where she worked for 13 years. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Cindy Cooper is an award-winning playwright with productions in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Her plays have been produced in New York City at The Women’s Project (HowShe Played the Game, Sentences and Words), Primary Stages, (How She Played the Game) ,Wings Theater, (Sisters of Sisters, Slow Burn, Strange Light), Art and Work Ensemble (Sanctuary), Theatreworks USA (The World At Your Fingertips), Starfish at Lincoln Center Clark Studio (Beyond Stone), Episcopal Actors Guild (Dwelling), as well as readings at Ensemble Studio Theatre, HBO Studios, Urban Stages, HERE, Jefferson Library, Julia’s Room, Riverside-Goddard Center, Culture Center, Actors’ Temple, West Bank Café, Center for Jewish History and WOW Café. Other plays include Silence Not, A Love Story (Jerusalem); Strange Bedfellows (Minneapolis, O’Neill Finalist); Sor Juana (Los Angeles); Works of Art (various); Words of Choice (various); The Outermost House and Stones of Tiananmen (current). Her work has been produced in Chicago, Reno, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Ithaca, Buffalo, Washington DC, Montreal, Budapest, London, Helsinki, and more. Her plays are published in 17 books, and she has won awards from Pen and Brush, Malibu International Playwriting Contest, Nantucket Theatre, Barn Theatre, Jerome Foundation (two-time fellow), and others. She lives in New York City and teaches playwriting at NYSSSA.

About NYSSA

The New York State Summer School of the Arts is a program of the Office of Cultural Education, New York State Education Department.

Peg Denithorne is the Director of the NYSSSA Theatre Program.

Read More: http://www.oce.nysed.gov/nysssa/theatre

Questions?

Nicholas Wagner, SUNY Delhi at wagnernm@delhi.edu

Cindy Cooper at cyncooperwrtr@gmail.com

text or phone, Cooper at Delhi: 917-603-6314