FLEX tells the story of a girls’ high school basketball team from Plainnole, Arkansas. It’s 1997, and the women of the Lady Train team are inspired by the successes of the WNBA. With aspirations of going pro, they must first navigate the pressures of being young, Black, and female in rural Arkansas. Will their fouls off the court tear their team apart? Or can they keep their pact to stick together through hell or high water? This powerful new play by Candrice Jones celebrates the fierce athleticism of women’s basketball with all the adrenaline and swagger of a four-quarter game. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth, Pipeline, Marys Seacole).
June 23rd, 2023
August 20th, 2023
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By: Candrice Jones
Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
Producer: Lincoln Center Theater Cast list: Brittany Bellizeare, Christiana Clark, Renita Lewis, Erica Matthews, Ciara Monique, Tamera Tomakili
Design: Matt Saunders
Costumes: Mika Eubanks
Lighting: Adam Honore
Sound: Palmer Hefferan
Wheelchair access, induction hearing loops, headsets
Sit courtside at Lincoln Center Theater for Flex, a new play by Candris C. Jones packed with all the thrill and excitement of a close basketball match. Get Flex tickets on TodayTix.
The Flex play takes place in 1990s Plainnole, Arkansas, the home court of the Lady Train high school basketball team. The girls dream of being the next Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie (founding members of the WNBA) someday, not just looking to get onto a college basketball team, but go pro.
But success isn't as easy as a free throw — besides dealing with individual and interpersonal struggles, being a young Black woman in rural Arkansas means a challenging road from the start.
Jones premiered Flex, naturally, in Arkansas in 2022, and now makes her NYC debut with the show. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs the debut production of Flex in New York, returning to Lincoln Center Theater after having directed Marys Seacole off Broadway and The Skin of Our Teeth on Broadway for the company. Her other recent credits include Michael R. Jackson's White Girl in Danger and the bio-musical Dreaming Zenzile.
Catch a new play, led by an exciting team, that'll have you hooked until the final buzzer. Get Flex tickets on TodayTix now.
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