THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON, girls in the air
“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
“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!”
Wonderful run at Miranda Theatre Company for “They Promised Her the Moon”. See videos, cast information and much more on the Miranda website.
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).”
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.
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.
From Broadway World:
Amanda Quaid stars in Laurel Ollstein’s “They Promised Her the Moon,” the true story of an astronaut who had all the right stuff, but who was passed over because she was a woman.
Directed by Valentina Fratti, the Miranda Theatre Company production of “They Promised Her the Moon” plays a limited three-week engagement at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, from Friday May 12 to Saturday May 27. This is the play’s Off-Broadway premiere. The opening is set for Monday May 15 at 7pm.
Like the film “Hidden Figures,” Ollstein’s drama brings to light another little-known facet of America’s nascent space program, namely that the privately-funded female astronaut testing project known as Mercury 13 included the remarkable Jerrie Cobb, who was out-testing her male colleagues in the official Mercury 7
Come hear a reading of a new play – Wednesday Feb. 8th @ 8pm
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a farce about modern marriage…
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by Laurel Ollstein
at Ensemble Studio Theatre’s WINTERFEST
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from Playbill Magazine
They Promised Her the Moon [written by Laurel Ollstein], a play about real-life female flyer Jerrie Cobb, and her dream of becoming an astronaut in the 1960s, will get two public readings in New York this month.
The Miranda Theatre Company will present the readings of the drama by Laurel Ollstein, October 17 at 6:30 PM and October 18 at 3 PM at Nola Studios, 250 West 54th Street in Manhattan.
They Promised Her the Moon tells the story of Jerrie Cobb, the “almost-first” female astronaut. Jerrie Cobb was one of the famed “Mercury 13” group of women who were privately given some of the same screening tests and training as the male astronauts in the NASA space program that eventually put human beings in space and on the Moon.
According to production notes, Cobb “devoted her life to the sky, only to realize that family, colleagues, and contemporaries were too earthbound to see beyond the gender gap and let her soar. In 1959, after undergoing rigorous physical and psychological testing, Cobb surpassed scores of many of the famous Mercury 7 astronauts. Yet it was John Glenn, who was chosen to travel into space first. Laurel Ollstein tells the story of a great American woman who reached for the moon but hit the glass ceiling instead.”
Directed by Valentina Fratti (Catch the Butcher, Snow Orchid, Apartment 3A), the reading features Peter McRobbie (Broadway: Invention of Love), Zoe Perry (last appeared on Broadway with her mother, Laurie Metcalf, in MTC’s The Other Place), John Hillner (Broadway: La Cage aux Folles; The Graduate; Mamma Mia), Jeff Kready (Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; Billy Elliot), Barbara Kingsley and Carol Todd.
The readings of They Promised Her the Moon are open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. RSVP:firstname.lastname@example.org