Ollstein Play to Open Powers New Voices Festival at Old Globe

Just released from The Old Globe:

The new American play readings commence on Saturday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. with Laurel Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon, directed by Giovanna Sardelli (SomewhereThe Whipping Man at the Globe).

 

Tickets are currently available only to Old Globe subscribers.  However, on Friday, January 6th, any remaining tickets will be offered to non-subscribers who would like to attend.

 

Reservations for the public will be available at noon Friday Jan. 5; call (619) 234-5623.

 

In They Promised Her the Moon, John Glenn is a household name, but Jerrie Cobb? Not so much. In 1960, Glenn was one of the famous “Mercury Seven” who trained at NASA to become the first American astronauts. But Cobb and 12 other women also underwent the same rigorous psychological and physical testing, some outscoring and outpacing their male counterparts. The men went to space, Jerrie Cobb was never given that chance. Laurel Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon tells the true story of this exceptional woman—a skilled aviator, a world record–holding pilot, a business executive—and the powerful forces that kept her earthbound.

Director Giovanna Sardelli

Ollstein Play Selected for 13th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto

These are the among the most fun e-mails to receive:

“Congratulations!  The Theatre InspiraTO Playwriting Contest Jury has selected your ten-minute play as one of the plays for the 13th Annual InspiraTO Festival, Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival. We had 1,025 play submissions this season.”  Fewer than 25 plays were selected, so I am honored that my Dorothy Parker in the Bath with be doing yet another festival performance.

Dorothy Parker in the Bath will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 1 – June 16, 2018.

This year the InspiraTO Festival’s theme is “All About Her.” Here is what some of their requirements are:

The theme ‘all about her’ must be an integral part of the play. The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We also accept musicals. The contest is open to anyone, in any part of the world, without geographic or age restrictions.

Please note: Just because one of the characters or all the characters are female does not necessarily make the theme ‘all about her’. Ensure that the play highlights a distinct female/feminine voice about the way she engages with the world or how she views the world.”

Ollsteins’ They Promised Her the Moon at the Old Globe Theatre

Thrilled to announce that my play
THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON
will be included in the fifth annual Powers New Voices Festival of play readings at the OLD GLOBE THEATRE in San Diego.  Festival is set for Jan. 12-14.

More info to come!! SO excited!!

 

From the San Diego Tribune:

“They Promised Her the Moon” by Laurel Ollstein (4 p.m. Jan. 13): “John Glenn is a household name, but Jerrie Cobb? Not so much. In 1960, Glenn was one of the famous ‘Mercury Seven’ who trained at NASA to become the first American astronauts. But Cobb and 12 other women also underwent the same rigorous psychological and physical testing, some outscoring and outpacing their male counterparts. The men went to space, Jerrie Cobb was never given that chance. Laurel Ollstein’s ‘They Promised Her the Moon’ tells the true story of this exceptional woman — a skilled aviator, a world record-holding pilot, a business executive — and the powerful forces that kept her earthbound.”

 

Ollstein’s Play at Geffen Honored with Stellar Cast

The Geffen Playhouse is hosting a reading of  They Promised her the Moon (the story of Jerrie Cobb, America’s almost first female astronaut).  Zoe Perry, Annette Bening, Arye Gross, Seamus Dever, Mary Beth Fisher, Stephen Caffrey and Bernadette Sullivan have signed on to read. Wow! What an amazingly talented group! Looking forward to this reading on December 4th!

They Promised her the Moon was also produced off-Broadway in New York City by Valentina Fratti and the Miranda Theater Company

Zoe Perry

Annette Bening

Arye Gross

Seamus Dever

Mary Beth Fisher

Stephen Caffrey

Bernadette Sullivan

Huffington Post Praises They Promised Her the Moon

Huffington Post Praises They Promised Her the Moon

THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON: Girls in the Air

by nancy cohen-koan

“When they go low, we go high,” are words that could have easily been spoken by Jerrie Cobb (Amanda Quaid) in Laurel Ollstein’s new play They Promised her the Moon.  The play tells the relatively unknown story of mid- Western Cobb, a girl with a speech defect and a critical mother, but a dream that proved stronger than her limitations.

Cobb’s dad (John Leonard Thompson) was a pilot and after flying with him at age ten, Cobb was hooked. With his encouragement, she became pro and broke records in speed, distance and absolute altitude. Still, with so much discrimination against women pilots, she struggled to find work. When famed pilot Jackie Cochran, (Andrus Nichols), considered top female aviator in the world, created the Mercury 13 program to train female astronauts, Cobb’s luck changed. She out tested everyone including her male colleagues in the Mercury 7 program, but was not permitted to go up because women were not considered The Right Stuff.  John Glenn testified against hiring women for the space program and so Russia got there first with a lesser qualified Valentina Tereshkova.

This story of strength and resilience is beautifully told in this insightful and humorous play. Cobb had to compete not only against men but her own gender; Cochran, at fifty-five was too old to be an astronaut and consciously worked against Cobb’s success. She is brittle and tough, but we understand what she had to fight against, too…..”  read more here

Fantastic Run at Miranda in NYC

Fantastic Run at Miranda in NYC

 “A HEARTWARMING STORY of a woman trying to fulfill her dreams IMPECCABLY DIRECTED by Valentina Fratti and SKILLFULLY ACTED!”

— Theater Pizzazz

“YOU SHOULD SEE THIS PLAY!…The actors are FUTURE STARS acting their hearts out for love. Lighting and staging are SUPERB! We hope “They Promised Her the Moon” lasts long enough to become THE HIT IT DESERVES TO BE!”

— Liz Smith

A PLAY WORTH SEEING…GENUINELY AFFECTING…AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF THEATRE! A story that deserves to be told, and that feels increasingly relevant. Quaid’s central performance is NOTHING SHORT OF A JOY! Her work throughout is PITCH PERFECT!”

— Popdust

Wonderful run at Miranda Theatre Company for “They Promised Her the Moon”.  See videos, cast information and much more on the Miranda website.

 

Probing Drama Based on the True Story of the First Female Astronaut With All the Right Stuff

Probing Drama Based on the True Story of the First Female Astronaut With All the Right Stuff

From Broadway World:

“Laurel Ollstein’s probing drama based on the true story of an astronaut who had all the right stuff, but never got her chance to be the first woman in space, features Amanda Quaid and Andrus Nichols as the distinguished female aviators Jerrie Cobb and Jackie Cochran. The under-heralded story of the women’s testing program, created by Dr. W. Randolph Lovelace, who also ran the testing for the official Mercury 7 program, shows that many of the 13 women he tested were highly qualified, both physically and mentally, to fly. Jerrie Cobb — the group’s leading candidate — actually out-tested her male counterparts in Mercury 7 group (led by John Glenn, Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard).”

read more…

Britain’s Womanology Features Amanda Quaid Speaking about Playing Jerri Cobb in Laurel Ollstein’s New Play

Britain’s Womanology Features Amanda Quaid Speaking about Playing Jerri Cobb in Laurel Ollstein’s New Play

Amanda Quaid stars in a new Off-Broadway show called They Promised Her the Moon written by Laurel Ollstein. Amanda has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in numerous Off-Broadway productions at Playwrights Horizons, The Public, CSC, Signature, LCT3, Red Bull, The Atlantic, Irish Rep and Culture Project.

In this article Amanda talks talk about her role playing US space pioneer, Jerrie Cobb, in a new production.

Read the article here

Laurel Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon tells the story of Jerrie Cobb, who, despite out-testing her male counterparts, was denied the chance to be the first woman in space. The play begins performances from 12th May and runs until to 27th May 2017 at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street. (The opening is set for 15th May at 7pm.) Performances are Monday and Wednesday at 7pm; Thurs, Friday, Saturday at 8pm; and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm.

May in New York City “They Promised Her the Moon” by Laurel Ollstein

The Miranda Theatre Company presents
by Laurel Ollstein
with Drew Ledbetter, Edmund Lewis, Andrus Nichols, Amanda Quaid,
Patricia Randell and John Leonard Thompson
Scenic and Lighting Design Graham Kindred
Costume Design Tristan Raines
Sound Design Margaret Montagna
Choreography Jennifer Harmon
General Press Representative Beck Lee/Media Blitz Media
Marketing & Advertising Tate Theatrics
Production Manager David Shocket
Production Stage Manager Ernie Fimbres
General Manager Anthony McDonald
Executive Producer Anne Berlin
Directed by Valentina Fratti
May 12 – May 27 2017 
Theater at St Clement’s
423 West 46th Street
actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE
They Promised Her the Moon, Jerrie Cobb, one of the famed Mercury 13, whose test scores surpassed many of the male astronauts during rigorous psychological and physical testing in the early days of the country’s space program was almost the first woman in space.  Cobb was reaching for the moon but hit the glass stratosphere, blocked not only by her gender but by notions of sisterhood and colliding egos. We may have come a long way since 1962, having almost elected our first female president; but we still have a long way to go in terms of gender equality and opportunity. They Promised Her the Moon tells the inspiring story of one of the many women who have paved the way towards change.
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