She Is King, Multi-Media Work About Billie Jean King, Begins Performances Jan. 10

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10 Jan 2014

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King

She Is King, a new multi-media work about Billie Jean King, receives its New York premiere Jan. 10 at the Incubator Arts Project.

Presented as part of Other Forces 2014, Incubator Arts' annual festival of work from independent theatres, the production continues through Jan. 26. 

Conceived and created by Laryssa Husiak and directed by Katherine Brook (Pink Melon Joy), She Is King re-creates three notable TV interviews Billie Jean King did over the course of her career, utilizing nine TV screens.

The cast features Laryssa Husiak as Billie Jean King, Louisa Bradshaw (Siren's Heart) as Barbara Walters and Toni Tennille and Joshua William Gelb (Little Lord's Pochantas) as James Day and Larry King, Billie Jean's husband.

"She Is King is a live performance that uses archival footage to reenact three television interviews Billie Jean King did at pivotal moments in her career — at the height of her career in 1973 and just before and after she was outed as a lesbian in 1981," press notes state. "The play captures her big personality as King manages the pressures of unprecedented success as a woman in a field long-dominated by men. The TV appearances that comprise the text of She is King find King speaking with Barbara Walters, pop singer Toni Tennille and James Day, host of a CUNY-TV cable talk show, 'Day at Night.'"

She Is King features sound design by Chris Giarmo and scenic and lighting design by Josh Smith.

Tickets and more information can be found by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting incubatorarts.org.