Strange Light

by Cynthia L. Cooper

A woman lawyer, Bayley, and her girlfriend, Shue, a struggling classical musician, see their relationship teeter as Bayley’s mother falls to Alzheimer’s and the looming memories of her own unloving marriage to a lighting scientist. In stylized storytelling with the World’s Fair in the background and the WNBA in the foreground, Bayley seeks to recharge her life and chart a new path.

  • Cast Size: 3W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Cynthia L. Cooper’s plays have been performed in New York at Primary Stages, The Women’s Project (How She Played the Game), Wings (Strange Light; Slow Burn), Lincoln Center Clark Studio (Beyond Stone), Town Hall (The World at Your Fingertips, co-writer), Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Center USA (Silence Not, A Love Story), EST New Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, WOW Café, MultiStages, Actor’s Temple, Guild Theatre, Judson Church, Union Seminary, HBO, Center for Jewish History, Urban Stages, New Circle Theatre Company (Heaven Scent), Chain Theatre, Art and Work Ensemble, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Riverside-Goddard Center, Ronald Feldman Gallery, and in Chicago, Minneapolis, DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Cape Cod (Outermost House), Reno, Richmond, Portland, Maryland (Running On Glass), Texas, Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kansas, North Carolina,as well as in many LGBT festivals. Other productions have been in London, Budapest, Jerusalem, Montreal, Vancouver and Helsinki. She has 17 produced full-length plays, and 35 short plays. She has won awards from Pen & Brush, Samuel French Play Festival, Malibu International Playwriting Festival, Nantucket Theatre, Northwest Area Foundation, Rimon, City of Providence, Quixote Foundation and more. A journalist and author, her book Mockery of Justice was made into a CBS movie. She is a two-time Jerome Fellow, an Affiliated writer at the Playwrights Center, a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and on the Executive Committee of Honor Roll Playwrights. She lives in New York City.

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