Cynthia L. Cooper






The Dwelling Place:
Winner,Malibu Second International Playwriting Festival; Second prize, Pen and Brush

Works of Art:
First Prize, Pen and Brush Playwriting Contest
Winner, Nantucket Short Play Festival
Runner-Up Drury One-Act Contest



Sentences and Words, Kansas City 2005: Take Five Festival

Sentences and Words - Kansas City

Selected Works

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.
What's Up
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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One-Act and Short Plays by Cynthia L. Cooper [Cindy Cooper]

A range of short plays, many award-winning; often featuring unconventional women and unconventional tales.


WORKS OF ART


A woman sculptor interviews candidates for an unspecified job, but is only interested in a woman who can interpret poetry. Single set, 2 w, one mature; off-stage voice. 25 min.
Winner, Nantucket Short Play Festival; First Prize, Playwriting, Pen & Brush, NYC; Finalist, Drury One-Act Play Competition.
Actors' Theatre, Nantucket (dir. Jim Patrick); Alverno College Theatre Dept., Spring Coffeehouse Theater; 'Actress in Pieces' -- Sarah Noone, Jackie Cotter, UK; Seton Hall University, PA; Pen & Brush; Jefferson Market Library; Sam Schact Studios; Circle Rep Outreach; Wings Theatre; Bard High School, NYC; Upcoming: Firehall Theatre, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, 2018. '...plum stage roles'-- Boston Globe. Read online at Cindy Cooper--Scripts.

SENTENCES AND WORDS


A woman defense lawyer, longing for an alternative to the death penalty, turns to the victim's mother. Drama. Unit set, 2 w., 10 min. Winner, Summer Shorts, Theatre of Western Springs, IL; Wellsboro, PA, Warehouse Theatre, Hamilton-Gibson Productions, Oct 1-2 2016; Matinee Theatre Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park NY, 2016; Hampshire College, MA, 2014; Manchester College, IN, 2011; University of Delaware 2006; Camino Real Playhouse Show-Off 2005 Playwriting Festival, San Juan Capistrano, CA; Take Five, Kansas City; Georgia, college production, 2005; The Acting School of South Florida, Hollywood FL; Loyola University Forensics Team, 2009; Amnesty Fundraiser, Homer, Alaska, 2010; Lee Strasberg Institute, NYC, 2012; Metropolitan State University of Denver, Theatre Department, 2013; Women's Project and Productions at LaMama Galleria; Wings Theater, NY; The Artistic Home, NY; Amherst H.S., MA; University of Washington, WA; reading, Drama Book Shop, NY; others; published Rowing to America and Other Short Plays from The Women's Project and Productions, Smith & Kraus, 2002. Read Online at Scripts

AT THE TRAIN STATION IN MUNICH


With Nazi soldiers all around, a Jewish-German underground worker summons an inner strength while awaiting a train that will take her to safety. [15 min, 2 w] Anne Frank Center USA; Resistance, Women and the Holocaust, Remember the Women Institute at the Center for Jewish History, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser. Recognizing Yom HaShoah with Women, Theater and Resistance to the Holocaust.

OLYMPIC DREAMS


African American runner Wilma Rudolph keeps her eyes on the track -- and much more. [10 min., 1 w] 365Women-Charlotte, Prizes of Accident Theatre Company (PACT) at Upstage, Charlotte NC, March 2015; 365Women New York, April 2015, Sheen Center, Greenwich Village NY, performed by Paule Aboite, dir by Daphnie Sicre. Press Release; African-American Theatre, FIT, New York.

THE SPOKEN AND THE UNSPOKEN


~Researchers try to pierce denials about sexual violence experienced by Jewish women in the Holocaust [20 min, 2 w][alt: 1 w, 3 w]
Theatre, Women and the Holocaust, an event of Remember the Women at the Center for Jewish History, New York City, Spring 2016; The Actors Temple, NYC ,Service and Commemoration of Kristallnacht. Mentioned in this Ms. Blog.

DWELLING


A woman in charge of a shelter for needy women embraces hope and spirituality amid chaos. Single set, 18 min., 2 w (one off-stage). Second Prize, Pen and Brush Playwriting Contest, New York; Winner, Malibu Second International One-Act Festival [Malibu Stage Company, dir. Stuart Cooper; 'Three Women' Guild Hall, NY, Episcopal Actors' Guild, dir. Yvonne Delet, featuring Claudia Schnieder; Pen & Brush, NY; Reading: American Renaissance Theatre Workshop [Hell's Kitchen Project] NY.

GRETEL BERGMANN


A Jewish woman is denied an opportunity to complete in the Olympics in Germany, 1936 (part of "How She Played the Game") [8 min. , 1 w]: The Anne Frank Center USA; The Shed; Women, Theatre and the Holocaust, April 13, 2015: Review.

BEYOND STONE


The father of a firefighter and a woman artist connect through art when both suffer loss. [Clark Studio Theatre at Lincoln Center, NY, Starfish Productions, "Nothing You Can Say," featuring Alison Stair Neet; Northeastern University, Student Project, April 2004.] Uni-set with varied setting; 2 m., 2 w.; 25 min.

SAVING GRACE


A woman in a DNA lab becomes suspicious about the intentions of fellow workers concerning a sample from Elvis. Comic drama. Simple unit set, 1 w., 15 min. [Portage Area Community Theatre, Wisconsin; Johnson City Theatre, Tenn. in The King Was Here; Cracked Actor, United Kingdom; High School: North Platte, Nebraska; Published, Elvis Monologues, Heinemann. View monologue on Amazon.com's 'Sample Pages' [click on Elvis Monologues link.] or view online at Scripts

FOX AND HOUNDS


Faced with a Catch-22 of rules, a woman in a welfare office gets lessons on how overcome the rules. Comic drama. Single set, 2 m., 2 w., 15 min. Winner, Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Double Image Theatre: Theatre Row; West Bank Cafe; Winner, One-Act Festival, Barn Theatre, NJ (featuring Jane Krajkowski); Winner, Playwriting Contest, White Bear Arts; Special Event, Canada, 2009; Art and Work Ensemble, NY; Wings, NY; Playwrights' Center, Pastiche, Mpls. "'Fox and Hounds' by Cynthia Cooper made the evening worthwhile. It works." Suzanne Simpson, critic, NJ. Also developed into short film script.

MOUNTAIN


A tv reporter resorts to black humor when dealing with her own breast cancer. Flex. set; 2 w.; 10 min. Finalist, Louisville One-Act Play Festival; Cancer Survivors Day, Hope for Change Foundation, Rye Brook NY; University of Delaware; Wings Theatre (dir. Seth Gordon); Millikin College, Illinois.

THE SWINGING MARILYNS


Women baseball players, disguised as before-game entertainment, take over the field. Simple set, 1 w., 10 min. [Published, Baseball Monologues, Heinemann.]New Zealand, 2008.

SPYGLASS


A woman journalist is looking into a long-ago murder, when her subject, an older woman, turns the inquisitorial tables. Simple set; 2 w., 10 min. [Women's Project, Tandem Acts at LaMama Galleria, NY; Wings Th., One-Acts, NY; New Paltz, NY: NYSSA, July 2005.]

HOW TO BE A BUM


A man proves that being a panhandler is not the only way to qualify for bumdom. Comic drama. Flexible set, 1 m., 30 min. [Lakeshore Players, MN; Playwrights' Center, MN; Hutchinson Festival of New Plays (featuring Richard Pahl), KN.]Cynthia Cooper's 'How to be a Bum' is a funny lecture on the art of panhandling. Cooper definitely has a good ear for gags.

SMASH THE GLASS


Outside a professional women's basketball game, two gay women debate the joys and stresses of alternative relationships, that is, marriage. Comic drama. Simple staging, 2 w., 10 min. [Madison WI, Stage Q Playfest June 2006; Miami, FL. Creative Arts Enterprise/​Third Annual Lavendar Footlights, 2006; Manhattan Theatre Source (Donna Jean Fogel, dir.); Richmond VA, JERA Entertainment, 2004.]

SUB TERRANO
Or In the Basement


A man and his sister-in-law, fleeing from Death Squads to a safe haven in the U.S., are visited by a man unknown to them. Political drama. Unit set, 3 m., 1 w. [Spanish/​English language ability for 2 m and 1 w], 20 min. [Art & Work Ensemble, NYC; Reading, Primary Stages, Melanie Joseph, dir.]

INTERVENTION


Sheila's a chocoholic; her friends and family do their best to intervene, but Hershey's is tough competition. Light comedy. Single set, 3 w., 2 m., 15 min. [Primary Stages, One-Act Series, NY; Mitchell Community Theater, SD.]

A DATE AT LAST


Two women, roommates but not lovers, discover another kind of entanglement when the mother of one visits. Comic. [3w.] [WOW Cafe, NY, produced by Hear Us Out, Zenobia, dir., featuriing Connie Winston.]...comedy that takes you on a roller coaster ride of an unusual relationship, and an even more unusual date. The Villager.Finalist Out on the Edge Playwrighting Festival; planned production: Greece.

OTHER ONE ACTS


OTHER ONE-ACT PLAYS INCLUDE:

~TRU LUV -- A teen's parents aren't so happy to learn of their child's love affair with a stem cell; comic. [5 min, 2 w., 1 m.] Venus Theater, Maryland; Words of Choice, touring; Brazen Harlots Theater, Buffalo.
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~BEND THE ARC -- Two women in a relationship engage in extensive negotiations about clothing, intersectionality and cross-issue alleyship before heading to a protest; comic. [5 min, 2 w] 3GT/​Lez Rights, San Francisco, Portero Stage.
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~DISAPPEARING ACTS -- When a German man of Lebanese descent is mistakenly seized by the CIA, an American lawyer tries to get justice for him and his family. [10 min, 2 w., 1 m.]
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~HELL OF A TIME -- A stylized performance piece based on newspaper text about war and war games. 8 min., 3 m, 1w or more. [THAW: Theatre Against War, Manhattan, dir, Marcy Arlin]
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~RULES OF ENGAGEMENT -- A community radio host interviews a former US soldier about saving bombed children, while heads of the military can only describe 'collateral damage.' 10 min., 1 w, 4 m.
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~EXTRAPOLATION OF PASSION -- Two gay penguins split up, but a soldier finds his gay identity at the Central Park zoo. 10 min, 3 m. [Wings Theater, Instant Play.]

~ACCOUNTING -- An emotionally toxic workplace undergoes a little Wicce treatment. Humor. Single set, 3 w., 10 min. [Wings, NY 1 acts; Reading-Contrast and Juxtaposition, Planet One Workshop, NY.]
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~EARTH MAGIC -- A circle of magic saves a tree in a national forest. Comic. Single set, 3 w., 10 min. [Primary Stages, short play series.]
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~ENTREPRENEUR -- A small shop owner is faced with a seemingly homeless person who has a strange request. Single set, 2 w., 10 min. [Lunch Pail Theatre, Theater on the Lake, Yellowknife, Canada, 2014; Wings, NY, Playwrights One-Acts]
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~ODE -- In a serio-comic short play, a woman refuses to hear the murder confession of a friend who accompanies her to buy an urn for her deceased husband. Single set, 2 w, 20 min.
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~THINGS WE DON'T TALK ABOUT -- Co-written with Michael angel Johnson. Two women try to sort out the complexities of race, family and personal histories. Stylized. Multiple scenes, 2 w., one Caucasian, one African-American, 20 min. [Women With Bite, Director's Theatre, NY]

ONE ACT AWARDS:

~First Prize, Playwriting, Pen & Brush:Works of Art
~Winner, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival: Fox and Hounds
~Winner, Playwriting, White Bear Arts Council, MN: Fox and Hounds
~First Prize, Playwriting, Barn Theatre, NJ: Fox and Hounds
~Winner, Malibu's Second International Festival of One-Act Plays:Dwelling
~Winner, Nantucket Short Play Festival: Works of Art
~Winner, Camino Real Playhouse Show-Off! International Short Play Contest: Sentences and Words
~Winner, Theatre of Western Springs, IL, Summer Shorts: Sentences and Words
~Winner,, New Works, 3GT/​Lez Writes, San Franciscio: Bend the Arc
~Second Prize, Pen and Brush Playwriting Contest, New York: Dwelling
~Runner-up, Drury One-Act Contest: Works of Art
~Finalist, Louisville One-Act Contest: Mountain
~Finalist, Out on the Edge Playwrights Festival:A Date At Last

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