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' said Billie Jean King, 'makes you feel like praising,' the Village Voice.
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Women, Theatre, The Holocaust presented by Remember the Women Institute, at the Center for Jewish History, April 13 at 7 pm, NYC: Gretel Bergmann, excerpt from Silence Not a Love Story, panel**Olympic Dreams, April 11, 2015, 6:30 pm, Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St, NYC, part of 365Women NY1**Olympic Dreams, March 26, Charlotte NC**Sor Juana, published, Indie Theater Now**March 4, 2015: On Writing Books Panel, New York Newswomen's Club**Walls, Julia's Reading Room, League of Professional Theatre Women, dir. by Melanie Sutherland**Second Sight The Drawing Board, NYC**Sentences and Words, Hampshire College, Nov. 9-11**The Outermost House, L.A., Nov 23 2014**Conversations with Creative Women,The Sandi Klein Show**Stones of Tiananmen July 2014 at HBO in NYC at HBO in NYC, TV Academy Play Reading Series** b>Entrepreneur Lunch Pail Theatre, Canada**What We Write When Not on Assignment,The SHED, Brooklyn**Silence Not, A Love Story, Primary Stages, Reading,**More Jewish Women You Should Know, The Anne Frank Center USA**State Secrets, New York Theater Workshop, Reading**Gretel Bergmann from "How She Played the Game," Anne Frank Center NYC**Prisoner Diary Project Museum of Tolerance-NY** Sor Juana Whittier, CA**Live Streaming, Words of Choice
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 collection of shorts from several writers, woven into an ensemble performance.

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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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