It's gymnastics time. Gordon and I will finally get a chance to write The Magnificent Seven, our show about the 1996 women's Olympic gymnastics team, as part of Fresh Ground Pepper‘s 2016 Playground Playgroup. As FGP says:
The PlayGround PlayGroup is a year-long, collaborative workshop culminating in the PlayGround Festival, realizing Fresh Ground Pepper’s mission to prompt and provoke the artist to make art. It is a place where writers and creators of varying mediums convene to convert their pages, projects, and ideas into fresh new works.
The Magnificent Seven will tell the story of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team and their road to winning the gold medal. Seven girls – Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, and Kerri Strug – were on their home turf in Atlanta and caught the imagination of the world in the first truly post-Cold War games. It resulted in one of the most iconic Olympic images: Kerri Strug’s final vault, landed on an injured ankle, that clinched the gold medal.
Check back for updates, and be on the lookout for a December presentation of work from the show!
I had the most wonderful surprise when I woke up this morning to see a lovely mention from Lynn Ahrens (a mentors from Gordon and my Dramatists Guild fellowship) in Playbill's article “14 Powerhouse Female Creatives Name the Up-and-Coming Women in Theatre They Are Watching.” The pull quote:
“Julia Meinwald, who wrote Pregnancy Pact, is wildly talented, a quirky contemporary voice with a whole lot to say.”