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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents a Fight to Fly – “They Promised Her The Moon”

Jan 17, 2020
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the Northern California Premiere of Laurel Ollstein's “They Promised Her The Moon.” This riveting play shares the incredible, true story of Jerrie Cobb, a world record-holding female aviator who dreamt of flying among the stars. At the height of the Space Race, Cobb and her female peers in the Mercury 13 program trained to become astronauts, ready to join their male counterparts in space and change history, but they never got the chance. A favorite from TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's 2018 New Works Festival, “They Promised Her The Moon” will be directed by TheatreWorks Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli. “They Promised Her The Moon” will be presented March 4 - 29, 2020 at the Lucie Stern Theatre (1305 Middlefield Rd.) in Palo Alto, CA.

TheatreWorks has assembled a stellar cast for this production. Originating the role of Jerrie Cobb, Sarah J. Mitchell makes her TheatreWorks mainstage debut as the record-holding astronaut candidate. Anthony Fusco plays Dr. Randy Lovelace, a flight surgeon who created tests used to select the male Mercury astronauts and developed the research program for testing potential female astronauts.

Returning to TheatreWorks is Stacy Ross, who takes on the role of Jackie Cochran, a legendary aviator, businesswoman, and wartime head of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Also, Craig Marker plays Jack Ford, a veteran pilot. Originating the role of Jerrie's mother Helena Cobb is Luisa Sermol.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is the recipient of the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award. With over 100,000 patrons per year, the Palo Alto-based theatre company has captured a national reputation for artistic innovation and integrity, often presenting Bay Area theatregoers with their first look at acclaimed musicals, comedies, and dramas, directed by award-winning local and guest directors, and performed by professional actors cast locally and from across the country.

For tickets (starting at $30) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or phone (650) 463-1960.


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