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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~BEND THE ARC, Aug 20, 7:30 pm, San Francisco, Potrero Stage, 3Girl Theatre Festival, Lez Writes
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~SHE PLAYS, July 18, 7 pm, Okun Theatre, SUNY Delhi, NYSSSA Program, with Stacey Linnartz and Krystel Lucas, directed by Michelle Bossy
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~WALLS, Finalist, Kitchen Dog Theatre Festival
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AT THE TRAIN STATION IN MUNICH, Resistance, Women and the Holocaust, Remember the Women Institute at the Center for Jewish History, April 26, 7:30 pm, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser.
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RECOGNIZING YOM HASHOAH WITH WOMEN, THEATER AND RESISTANCE TO THE HOLOCAUST, (article) on Huffington Post
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OVER THE LINE, 29th Street Playwrights Collective, The Future is Female, Short Plays, March 22, 7 pm, Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Columbus Ave., NYC
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FOOL ME ONCE, "The Future Is Female Festival," MultiStages Theatre Co., Short Plays, Mar 21 & Mar 23, CAP21, 18 W. 18th St., 6th Fl., NYC
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THE ODDS, Morning in America: monologues by many writers, Feb. 18-19, Primary Stages at The Cherry Lane Theatre
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THE PURPLE PANTSUIT & Other Monologues w/​Imagine A Tree by Kitty Chen, Jan. 28, 2017, Reading, Ensemble Studio Theatre
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THE SPOKEN AND THE UNSPOKEN, The Actor's Temple, NYC, Kristallnacht Commemoration
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A NEW GUIDE TO HOLOCAUST PLAYS BY & ABOUT WOMEN on WomenArts (authored)
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REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM FESTIVAL: Anthology of 30 Plays, published,
see INDIE THEATER NOW (curated) (also includes "Rhymes With Ryan: On the Hill)
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SENTENCES AND WORDS, Oct. 1-2, 2016, Warehouse Theatre, Hamilton-Gibson Productions, Wellsboro PA
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LOUIS BRAILLE: THE WORLD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, Hangar Theatre, Ithaca NY, July 2016
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THE SPOKEN AND THE UNSPOKEN, "Theatre, Women and the Holocaust," Remember the Women at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., NYC, May 2, 7 pm
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SENTENCES AND WORDS, Matinee Theatre Players, Sand Hill Center for the Arts, Averill Park, New York, May 2016
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WORKS OF ART, Bard High School, Spring 2016
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RHYMES WITH RYAN, Artistic Producer, REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM FESTIVAL, Live and Live Streaming, Mar 20, 2016
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STONES OF TIANANMEN, Workshop, Urban Stages, NYC, dir, Keira Loughran, Nov 2015
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TALK BACK, Teaneck Film Festival: The Hunting Ground, Nov. 8, 2015, 3 pm, moderator: Angela Bonavoglia
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HOW SHE PLAYED THE GAME, East Tennessee State University, Sept 8-9, 7:30 pm, dir by Bobby Funk
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PRESENTATION, International Congress of Historical Sciences and the International Federation for Research in Women's History, Aug 2015, Jinan, China
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HOW SHE PLAYED THE GAME, Sports Literature Conference, East Tennessee State University, June 24, 2015.
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WRITERS ABOUT OTHER THINGS, Kara Lee Corthron Blog, Cindy Cooper, blog.
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GRETEL BERGMANN and SILENCE NOT, A LOVE STORY,WOMEN, THEATER, THE HOLOCAUST presented by Remember the Women Institute, at the Center for Jewish History, New York City. Panel discussion and readings, including "Gretel Bergmann," performed by Stacey Linnartz, and an excerpt from "Silence Not a Love Story." Review
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OLYMPIC DREAMS, 365 Women,April 11, 2015, 6:30 pm, Sheen Center, New York City
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OLYMPIC DREAMS, March 26, 2015, 7:00 pm, 365Women-Charlotte, Charlotte NC
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VISION AWARD, Abortion Conversations Project, March 9, 2015
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SOR JUANA, Published, Indie Theatre Now
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BOOK WRITING PANEL, New York Newswomen, March 4, 2015, at the National Arts Club
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WALLS, Reading, Julia's Reading Room, League of Professional Theatre Women, NYC, Feb. 17, 2015, directed by Melanie Sutherland
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SECOND SIGHT, Reading, The Drawing Board, NYC
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THE OUTERMOST HOUSE, Nov. 23, 2014, 6 pm, St. James-in-the City Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, CA 90010, directed by Catherine Roskam
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SENTENCES AND WORDS, Nov 2014, Hampshire/​Amherst College
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ENTREPRENEUR, July 2014. Yellow Knife, Canada
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CONVERSATIONS WITH CREATIVE WOMEN, Interview, The Sandi Klein Show
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STONES OF TIANANMEN, A Play Reading by the TV Academy at HBO, New York.
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NEW PLAY EXCHANGE, Inaugural participant
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AFFILIATE WRITER, The Playwrights Center, Mpls.
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THE SHED, What We Do We We Are Not Reporting, with Ann Farmer, Angela Bonavoglia, writers, and Stacey Linnartz, performer, "Gretel Bergmann"
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STONES, reading at Urban Stages
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SILENCE NOT, A LOVE STORY, Reading, Primary Stages, NYC, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser
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MORE JEWISH WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW: curator, Gisa Konopka (From 'Silence Not, A Love Story'), at The Anne Frank Center USA.
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STATE SECRETS (The WikiLeaks Project), Mondays at 3, New York Theater Workshop

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JEWISH WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW"Gretel Bergmann" (From 'How She Played the Game') at The Anne Frank Center USA; PRoducer
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THE MUSEUM OF TOLERANCETheatrical performances from Dear Anne: Prisoner Diaries at The Museum of Tolerance, NYC.
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WHY I WRITE, Blog, League of Professional Theater Women, Why I Write.
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WORDS OF CHOICE, Live Streaming with the First WiredArtsFest, WorksbyWomen, Fem2pt0, AdiosBarbie, New Jersey, Maryland, multiple events, On The Issues Magazine.
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SILENCE NOT, A Love Story, published by Gihon River Press, named Best Book, Historical Drama, Books & Authors.
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HOW SHE PLAYED THE GAME, directed by Margaret Ball, PASSAGE, Pennsylvania Women's Conference, East Stroudsburg.
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SENTENCES AND WORDS, Manchester College, Indiana.
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SECOND SIGHT, directed by Michael Hillyer, reading, NYC, by The Hive, produced by Paula Ewin.
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SILENCE NOT, A Love Story, published by Gihon River Press, named Finalist for Best Book Drama/​Performing Arts by ForeWard Magazine.
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SAVING GRACE April 2010, Portage Area Community Theatre, Wisconsin, directed by Ned O'Reilly.
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SILENCE NOT, A Love Story April 2010, The Center Theater, Jerusalem, Israel, directed by Gabriella Willentz.
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SILENCE NOT, A Love Story February 2010, The Wellstone Center, St. Paul, Staged Reading, in conjunction with The Konopka Institute at the University of Minnesota, directed by Carolyn Levy.
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SOR JUANA Enrichment Works, Los Angeles, CA, January 2010.
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Coordinating Committee, Dramatists Guild Convocation on Women, NY, December 2009.
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HOW SHE PLAYED THE GAME (excerpts) Enrichment Works, Los Angeles.
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AWARD: Anne E. Fisher Champion of Choice Award NARAL Pro-Choice America.
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SILENCE NOT, A Love Story--Publication by Gihon River Press. See Play Publications.
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WORDS OF CHOICE--Publication in Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women, ed. by Alexis Greene and Shirley Lauro
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SILENCE NOT, A Love Story--New York City, The Anne Frank Center. Reading directed by Joanne Edelmann
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SILENCE NOT, A Love Story--St.Paul, MN, Hamline University. Reading directed by Caroline Levy
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WORDS OF CHOICE--Wichita, KS; Hays, KS; Denver, CO (multiple locations); Centennial, CO; Boulder, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; Pueblo CO.
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24 Hour Play Festival Wings NYC
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SWINGING MARILYNS New Zealand
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SOR JUANA, Los Angeles, continuous
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THE OUTERMOST HOUSE, Performance by Marvin Einhorn at the Truro Public Libary, part of the "One Book" Festival
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SILENCE NOT Reading, NYC, Geraldine Page Center for the Arts
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WORDS OF CHOICE FILM Bluestockings Bookstore NYC
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LOUIS BRAILLE: THe WORLD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Musical for family audiences. Publication
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SOR JUANA: Enrichment Works, LA
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INTERVENTION LADIES FIRST! Mitchell Community Theater, South Dakota
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IMPEACHMENT ON STAGE The Culture Project, New York, December 3: Katrina. blog of event
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CREATIVTY WORKSHOP Arts and Social Justice, Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore, November 2007.
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WORDS OF CHOICE Evening of New Works New York City, October 28, 2007; with new selection,Letters to Justice Blackmun
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WORDS OF CHOICE Creativity Workshop New York City, October 28, 2007
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WORDS OF CHOICE DVD Launch New York City, Helen Mills Theater, October 19, 2007.
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ARTICLE: Women Playwrights and Social Issues League of Theater Women magazine, Fall 2007.
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DVD WORDS OF CHOICE DVD Release, National Film Network (NFN).
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CREATIVITY WORKSHOP National Leadership Institute, Civil Liberties program, Hampshire College.
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MARVIN EINHORN in THE OUTERMOST HOUSE; SUNDAY MAY 20, 2007 at 4 PM BENEFIT for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
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FEATURE ARTICLE: "Playwrights' Political Visions," THE DRAMATIST,
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SPECIAL CITATION: Providence, RI: Outstanding achievements ... devoted to exploring the issues and challenges that mean the most to women.
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WORDS OF CHOICE: South Dakota, October
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WOMEN at the BARRICADES: Writing About Political Issues": League of Theater Women, Marymount College, Moderated by Alexis Green -- October 2006
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SOR JUANA, wRighting Women Reading Series, Venus Theatre and Touchstone Gallery, October 2006
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HOW SHE PLAYED THE GAME, Maryland, Venus Theater, September - October 2006.
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Social Justice and Creativity, Workshop, Feminists Moving Forward at NYU, Women's Equality Day.
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FIRST CAPITOL FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2006: How She Played the Game
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WALLS: SemiFinalist, O'Neill Theater Festival 2006.
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CAMINO REAL PLAYHOUSE, San Juan Capistrano: Designates Sentences and Words winner, ShowOff!
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WINGS Theater: Instant Play Festival, Extrapolating Passion directed by Bob Crest.
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PRINT: How She Played the Game published by Brooklyn Publishers, with production rights.
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RI, IO, NC, CN, MO, KS: Words of Choice Rhode Island, Connecticut, Iowa -- Planned Parenthood affiliates; NC -- Carraboro, Commission on Women; St. Louis with NARAL; Webster University, Washington University, Lawrence Arts Center, KS, Kansas State University in Manhattan KS, Tulsa University, OK,
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LA: Sor Juana Enrichment Works, schools programs
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KS: Sentences and Words Take Five Festival
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NY Upstate: Spyglass New York State School of the Arts, Reading, July 2005
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NY: Benefit, Words of Choice, The Culture Project, Planned Parenthood of NYC March 7.
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ARTICLE: Women's eNews: "On the Road with Choice" www.women's enews.org
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VA: How She Played the Game, Randolph Macon Woman's College
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D.C.: How She Played the Game, Venus Theater, excerpts
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New York: Benefit, Words of Choice, Princeton Club
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Minnesota, Old Arizona Studios: Words of Choice September 15-126: also in October:Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago,Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis, Columbia, Rutgers, Teaneck [Puffin], Morristown, Hagerstown, Mercer County Community College, Coral Gables, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando.
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Cape Cod: The Outermost House
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New York: Words of Choice excerpt, by Kathleen Turner, Beacon Theatre, Stand Up for Choice!
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Richmond: Smash the Glass May 16-17
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New York: The Dwelling Place Guild Hall, Episcopal Actors Guild, starring Claudia Schneider, dir. Yvonne Delet
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Silver Award: Feature Article (Under the Influence, Society of National Association Publications
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MAGGIE Award to Women's Enews
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Mass: Beyond Stone Northeastern University, Student project (Paula Kaimes)
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Florida: LOUIS BRAILLE Actors' Playhouse, Coral Gables, March 19 and March 25
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NEW YORK: March 9, 7 pm, Union Seminary,followed by discussion and reception WORDS OF CHOICE"
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Washington DC: Venus Theatre: How She Played the Game, Benefit, Warehouse Theatre
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Ohio: "Words of Choice": Cleveland, Akron, Kent by Queen Bee Productions.
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"How She Played The Game: Cleveland Heights High, Ohio
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"Changemakers" NJ, Women's Theatre Company, schools performances
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"Eye-Five," "Heroes," "Firnee": Enrichment Works, LA, touring to schools
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DC/​Virginia: "Words of Choice", January 20-25, touring sites, presented by Virginia National Organization for Women. Performances: March for Women's Lives (office complex), George Washington University, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Randloph Macon Woman's College, Hampton University, Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church. See CHOICE
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Women's Enews: Laughing With the First Woman to Swim the English Channel
:My Elegy for Gertrude Ederle
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DC/​Maryland: How She Played the Game Venus Theatre, touring shows. [For dates and times, check www.venustheatre.com]
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New York: WORDS OF CHOICE October 3-4; Initiated by Susann Brinkley for Octoberfest; Ensemble Studio Theatre.
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New York: Eye-Five September 9, THAW (Theatre Against War) at Chasma.
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Cape Cod MA: The Outermost House Eastham, Aug. 30 & 31: Featuring Marvin Einhorn (2003).
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New York: The Dwelling Place Second Prize, Pen & Brush Playwriting Contest, July 2003.
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Marblehead, MA: How She Played the GameFestival of the Arts; July 4 (2003).
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Philadelphia: Strange Light, Shubin Theatre
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Boston: Words of Choice Benefit, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
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New York: The Outermost House Workshop, at Primary Stages.
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New York: Second Sight Reading by Theatre by the Blind, at Blue Heron Arts Center, NYC.
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New Jersey: Spring Change Makers A play for young audiences. Women's Theatre Company.
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Massachusetts: March How She Played the Game in Marblehead, Celebration of Women in the Arts, a benefit for HAWC (Help for Abused Women and Children)
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Seattle: Feb-Mar. Sentences and Words University of Washington
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Women's News: Words of Choice: Drama Before Diatribe
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New York: Words of Choice A benefit for Planned Parenthood of New York City, at HERE
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Washington, D.C.
How She Played the Game By Venus Theatre at the Warehouse Theatre, Washington DC, in support of CODEPINK Peace Vigil at the White House
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Strange Light Buffalo, NY. by HAG Theatre
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Heroes, Firnee, Eye-Five part of Muslim-American, Enrichment Works, Los Angeles, California, touring to schools
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Louis Braille: Finalist, National Children's Theatre Festival.
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Nice things people say

HOW SHE PLAYED THE GAME: "Makes you feel like praising." The Village Voice. "Important and inspirational." Billie Jean King. [See FULL-LENGTH PLAYS.]

STRANGE LIGHT: "A graceful and skilled writer ... exceptional writing." Stewart Benedict, New York critic. A poem of a play ... Elegant construction ... sure to evoke emotion and provoke thought long after the theater goes dark. A winner. Rick Reed, Chicago critic. [See FULL-LENGTH PLAYS.]

WORDS OF CHOICE: "Rave reviews." Development Director, Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts. [See Full-Length Plays.]

SISTERS OF SISTERS: "Intelligent, moving, thoroughly satisfying .... inspired writing." Spectator. [See FULL-LENGTH PLAYS.]

EVERGREEN: "Compassion without too much sugar." Pioneer Press. [See FULL-LENGTH PLAYS.]

LOUIS BRAILLE: "One of the best children's theatre productions I have ever presented." Children's Theatre Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse [see PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES]

GO GIRL GO: "The response from principals, teachers and student audiences has been overwhelmingly positive ... Cynthia L. Cooper has succeeded in creating a theatrical work that entertains as well as educates." Abraham Tetenbaum, Executive Director, Enrichment Works, CA [See PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.]

FOX AND HOUNDS: "'Fox and Hounds' by Cynthia Cooper made the evening worthwhile. It works." Suzanne Simpson, critic, NJ. [See ONE-ACT PLAYS.]

WORKS OF ART: "Plum stage roles." Boston Globe. [See ONE-ACT PLAYS.]

OUTERMOST HOUSE: "Eloquent script" -- Don wilding, Ex. Dir., The Henry Beston Society

Contact

Cynthia L. Cooper
446 W. 47th St.
No.1B
New York, NY 10036

Plays@​CynCooperWriter.net