Lincoln Center Theater's Off-Broadway New York premiere of Candrice Jones' Flex officially opens at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater July 20 after beginning previews June 23. LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth, White Girl in Danger) directs.
The new play follows an Arkansas all-girls high school basketball team in 1997 juggling aspirations of going pro in the WNBA and the pressures of being young, Black, and female in rural Arkansas.
The cast features Brittany Bellizeare as April Jenkins, Christiana Clark as Coach Francine Pace, Eboni Edwards as The Sophomore and The Referee, Renita Lewis as Donna Cunningham, Erica Matthews as Starra Jones, Ciara Monique as Cherise Howard, and Tamera Tomakili as Sidney Brown. Rounding out the company as understudies are Alaina Kai Chester, Halili Knox, and Stephanie Everett. Casting is by Daniel Swee.
The work received its co-world premiere in 2022 via runs at Arkansas' TheatreSquared and Georgia's Theatrical Outfit, and was previously developed at the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NNPN's 2020 National Showcase of New Plays, and the 2021 Arkansas New Play Festival.
The production features sets by Matt Saunders, costumes by Mike Eubanks, lighting by Adam Honoré, and sound by Palmer Hefferan. Charles M. Turner III is stage manager, and Jenna Clark Embrey and Kim Euell served as dramaturgs.
Also currently playing LCT is the Tony-nominated revival of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, in the company's Vivian Beaumont Theatre through July 23.