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    The Fastest Woman Alive

    Based on the amazing and true story of Jackie Cochran (1914 -1980), the little-known aviator who holds more flight records than any other human being in history. This controversial pilot, who included Amelia Earhart and Chuck Yeager in her circle of close friends, holds the distinction of being the first woman to break the sound barrier among nearly 200 flying records. Not merely a pilot, Cochran had a hand in Eisenhower's election, formed a successful cosmetics company, was involved in astronaut training, and interviewed leaders including Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Tse-tung for Liberty Magazine. This timely production celebrates both the Centennial of Flight (December 17, 2003) and the 50th Anniversary of Cochran becoming the first woman to break the speed of sound (May 18th, 1953). According to The National Aviation Hall of Fame, "Jackie Cochran's ability to invent . . . and reinvent herself was, perhaps, a more compelling quality than her innate piloting skill, which was substantial — or her commanding personality, which was legend. Born into abject poverty and raised by a detached and destitute foster family, Jackie Cochran refused to be defined by her beginnings. Rather, she set out to mold an identity that was both flexible and unforgettable." Karen Sunde has eight published plays including How His Bride Came to Abraham, Haiti: A Dream, Dark Lady and In A Kingdom by the Sea. She has won the Bob Hope Award, three Villager Awards, France's Aide de la Creation and a Best Play nomination by the Outer Critics Circle (for Balloon). Her plays have been produced in ten countries and in seven languages at venues including Actors Theater of Louisville, Ireland's Abbey Theatre, Annenberg Center, Finland's Lahti City Theatre, The Acting Company and The Working Theatre. Her first screenplay, Deborah: The Adventures of a Soldier, was a finalist at Sundance. Sunde was the former Associate Director at CSC Repertory.

    Dates:  June 3, 2004 - June 20, 2004
    Schedule:  Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., plus June 12, 13, 20 at 2 p.m.
    Venue:  Theater On 2, 432 West 42nd Street, 2nd Floor
    Price:  $15
    Company:  Praxis Theatre Project
    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444


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