Cynthia L. Cooper

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How She Played the Game (here) is a vibrant one-person play that tells the stories of six spirited women from sports history// 'inspirational' -- Billie Jean King// 'makes you feel like praising' -- Village Voice.
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The Spoken and The Unspoken, The Actors Temple, NYC, Nov 4 2016**Publication, Reproductive Freedom Festival INDIE THEATRE NOW**Sentences and Words, Wellsboro PA, Oct 1-2**Playwriting: New York State Summer School of the Arts**Louis Braille: The World At your Fingertips, Hangar Theatre, Ithaca NY, July 14-16**The Spoken and the Unspoken,Remember the Women, Theatre, Women and the Holocaust NYC**Sentences and Words, Matinee Theatre Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, NYS**Works of Art, Bard High School **Reproductive Freedom Festival, Live and Live Streaming, Mar 20, 2016** Stones of Tiananmen, Urban Stages, NYC, dir, Keira Loughran, Nov 2015**Discussion, Teaneck Film Festival, The Hunting Ground, Nov. 2015**How She Played the Game, Eastern Tenn State Univ (ETSU), Sept 2015**Presentation: International Congress of Historical Sciences, Aug 2015, Jinan, China**How She Played the Game, Sport Literature Association Conference,June 2015** "Gretel Bergmann," Women, Theatre, The Holocaust, Center for Jewish History, NYC**Review. Olympic Dreams, NYC, 365Women NY1**Olympic Dreams, Charlotte NC**Sor Juana Indie Theater Now**On Writing Books Panel, New York Newswomen's Club**Walls, Julia's Reading Room, League of Professional Theatre Women**Second Sight The Drawing Board, NYC**The Outermost House, L.A.**Conversations with Creative Women,The Sandi Klein Show**, HBO in NYC , TV Academy Play Reading Series** Entrepreneur, Lunch Pail Theatre, Canada**Silence Not, A Love Story, Primary Stages, Reading,**State Secrets, New York Theater Workshop, Reading**
MOCKERY OF JUSTICE (here). A search for the truth behind a woman's murder and the case that propels 'The Fugitive' to fame.
NEW WORLD COURT TO JUDGE GENDER-BASED WAR CRIMES (here) The new International Criminal Court is a step forward for women victims of war violence -- Women's Enews

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Cynthia L. Cooper is the author of several nonfiction books, including:

Cheating Justice: How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law, Plotted to Avoid Prosecution -- And What We Can Do About It (co-author, Elizabeth Holtzman) Beacon Press. In paperback as of Feb '13.

Bush and Cheney drove the nation to war based on false information, authorized illegal surveillance, adopted torture, and changed the nature of our democracy forever. It's time to hold them accountable.

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Mockery of Justice: the true story of the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder case; investigative journalism cracks open a 40-year mystery of who murdered Marilyn Sheppard, and studies the real story behind The Fugitive.

The tragic murder of Marilyn Sheppard was followed by other tragic murders in the Cleveland area. Why did authorities blame Dr. Sam and hide the evidence that showed his innocence, but pointed to a troubled windowwasher, Richard Eberling, finally arrested decades later for another murder.

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Cynthia L. Cooper's plays -- Full-Length Plays, One-Act and Short Plays, and Plays for Young Audiences -- are stylized, humorous and dramatic stories of human quirks and challenges. Ten full-length and 20-plus one-act plays have been produced throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, England, Israel, New Zealand, and elsewhere, and are published in 15 volumes. A playwriting profile tells all.

Plays include:

~How She Played the Game -- a one-person show about six spirited women from sports history; a shortened version in Women Heroes; "inspiring" said Billie Jean King. Full-Length.

Also available as Go Girl Go, a version for K-7 young audiences featuring a girl in a soccer camp and for four women performers.

What did Babe Didrikson, Sonia Henie, Gertrude Ederle, Althea Gibson, Eleanora Randolph Sears and Gretel Bergmann have in common? All were exceptional athletes who broke sports barriers in history with accomplishments that exceeded those of the men around them. Uplifting tales for all ages and genders!

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OTHER Plays:

~Works of Art -- winner of the Pen & Brush Playwriting Contest 2002 and the Nantucket Short Play Festival; a woman sculptor tries a creative approach to marketing. Short play. Read 'Works of Art' online.

~Silence Not, A Love Story -- During a time of economic crisis, a Jewish woman and Catholic man find love and courage in resisting the rise of the Nazis in Germany in the early 1930s. Full-Length play. Published by Gihon River Press. Premiere, Jerusalem.Reading, Primary Stages, Sept. 9, 2013, 4 pm.

~Sentences and Words -- A ten minute play in which two women, the lawyer for a defendant and a victim's mother, struggle with the death penalty; in Rowing To America and Other Short Plays. Short play.

~Words of Choice A collage performance of shorts from several writers on reproductive freedom, woven into an ensemble performance.

~The Spoken and The Unspoken Untangling the rape of Jewish women in the Holocaust and denials about it.

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Cynthia L. Cooper is an independent journalist whose articles have appeared in magazines, websites, newspapers and television, garnering several awards along the way. Excel Award for Under the Influence.

"A Cancer Grows" in "THE NATION"

Stories include:

~Holocaust Women's Rape Breaks Decades of Taboo in Women's eNews

~The Gulf Rush: Katrina workers are the latest catastrophe in In These Times

~A Cancer Grows: Medical Treatment in Women's Prisons Ranges from Brutal to Nonexistent in The Nation reprinted in

~Help, Is It a Conspiracy?-- Drugs You're Being Blocked from Getting in Glamour Magazine

~Women Documentary Filmmakers as Social Activists in Women's Enews

~Touched by a Centurion -- Group works to free inmates in tainted capital cases in American Bar Association Journal (ABAJ)

~A Human Rights Community in the Ford Foundation magazine

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