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Lincoln Center Theater to Produce New York Premiere of Flex

The new play by Candrice Jones follows a girls’ high school basketball team in Arkansas.

Lincoln Center Theater will present the New York premiere of Flex, a new play by Candrice Jones, directed by LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz. Performances will begin June 23 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater ahead of a July 20 opening.

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?

The cast and design team for Flex will be announced at a later date.

Jones is a Steinberg playwright and educator from Dermott, Arkansas. She has been a fellow at Callaloo for poetry at Brown University and in London, and has been a VONA Playwriting Fellow, as well as a CalArts MFA Critical Studies recipient.