by Cindy Cooper

July 17, 2018, 7 pm, Delhi NY (in the beautiful Western Catskills)


Featuring Stacey Linnartz and Abigail Ramsay, directed by Tasha Gordon-Solmon

SUNY at Delhi, 7 pm  FREE 

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

Two actors, six stories, one great chance to see it

This play tells the riveting stories of six women from sports history who break barriers and challenge stereotypes. Their struggles and successes, shared monologue-style 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.

*See the SUNY Delhi announcement here. Previously titled: She Plays! this performance is a return engagement specially for NYSSSA.  


About the Team

Stacey Linnartz is a NYC-based actor, producer and teacher of acting. Off Broadway: Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse), Strange Bare Facts (Signature), God of Vengeance (The Barrow Group), Modotti (The Acorn/Theatre Row), Amendment 13 (Clubbed Thumb), Lost In Light (The Public Theatre). 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: Sirocco (Royal Court). Film: The Last 48, The Weekend. Web: First World problem, Couples, Dinner With Mom. TV: Gossip Girl, As The World Turns, Ed, Rescue Me. Stacey is a Producer-Partner at Thirdwing LTD, a production company which creates film, theatre and web content. She is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Kids Creative Collective, Inc. a nonprofit that brings free theatre programs to underserved kids and teens in NYC. She teaches acting at NYSSSA. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting Program.

Abigail Ramsay: From her first professional production, where she played an over-taxed social worker in a London hostel, confronting the full scale of the post-Balkan war refugee crisis, Abigail has been committed to engaging audiences with innovative, adventurous, and socially relevant work. She is an actor, director, producer, and arts manager and has been honored to collaborate with extraordinary artists and work at the intersection of multiple genres. Recent Credits: "Beyond the Oak Trees" playing Harriet Tubman at Crossroads Theatre Company and the National Black Theatre Festival; "The Room Sings" Talking Band at LaMama ETC. Training: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 3-year Acting Program and Brown University (BA)

Tasha Gordon-Solmon has directed and developed new plays at Dixon Place, EST, The Tank, The Flea, INTAR, The Brick, Project Y, Pipeline Theatre, InViolet, Brooklyn Museum, New York Clown Festival, Fire This Time Festival, New York Fringe Festival, Columbia University, NYU, Studio Tisch, Brooklyn Generator, Crashbox Theater Company, The Cell, The Claque, Sound Bites at Signature Theater, and the Young Playwrights Festival at the O’Neill. She is Director of New Works at Project Y Theater Company, the recipient of a Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a VCCA Fellow, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the BMI Advanced Workshop and Directors Lab West.

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. 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 16 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.


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.

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