Casting is complete for Lincoln Center Theater's New York premiere of Candrice Jones' Flex, set to begin performances at Off-Broadway's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater June 23 ahead of a July 20 opening night.
LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth, White Girl in Danger) will direct a cast that includes Brittany Bellizeare, Christiana Clark, Renita Lewis, Erica Matthews, Ciara Monique, and Tamera Tomakili.
The new play follows an Arkansas all-girls high school basketball team in 1997 juggling aspirations of going pro in the WNBA and the pressures of being young, Black, and female in rural Arkansas.
The work received its co-world premiere in 2022 via runs at Arkansas' TheatreSquared and Georgia's Theatrical Outfit, and was previously developed at the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NNPN's 2020 National Showcase of New Plays, and the 2021 Arkansas New Play Festival.
Jones recently received the 2023 Kesselring Prize for Playwrighting for Flex.
The upcoming production will also have sets by Matt Saunders, costumes by Mika Eubanks, lighting by Adam Honore, and sound by Palmer Hefferan. Charles M. Turner III will be the stage manager.