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 UnspokenRemember the Women Benefit, Fall 2017** Bend the Arc, 3GT New Works, San Fran, Portero Stage, Aug 20** She Plays!, July 18, SUNY Delhi, NYSSSA Program, with Stacey Linnartz and Krystel Lucas**At the Train Station in Munich, Remember the Women Institute Center for Jewish History, NYC**Over the Line, 29th Street Playwrights, Future Is Female, Goddard Riverside**Fool Me Once, The Future Is Female Festival, MultiStages, NYC**Morning in America: Primary Stages at The Cherry Lane Theatre**The Purple Pantsuit, Ensemble Studio Th**The Spoken and The Unspoken, The Actors Temple**Publication, Reproductive Freedom Festival INDIE THEATRE NOW**Sentences and Words, Wellsboro PA** Louis Braille: The World At your Fingertips, Hangar Theatre, NY**Reproductive Freedom Festival, Live and Live Streaming, Mar 20, 2016** Stones of Tiananmen, Urban Stages, NYC, dir, Keira Loughran**Presentation: Int'l Historical Sciences, Jinan, China**How She Played the Game, Sport Literature Association,**Olympic Dreams, NYC, 365Women NY and Charlotte NC**Sor Juana Indie Theater Now**Walls, Julia's Reading Room**The Outermost House, LA

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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.

The uplifting stories of Babe Didrikson, Sonia Henie, Gertrude Ederle, Althea Gibson, Eleanora Randolph Sears and Gretel Bergmann -- all exceptional athletes from sports history who broke sports barriers and challenged stereotypes.

See more in 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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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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Independent journalist -- 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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