Playwright, poet, and educator Candrice Jones is from Dermott, Arkansas. Candrice has been honored to have been a fellow at Callaloo for poetry at Brown University and in London. She has also been a VONA Playwriting Fellow and a CalArts MFA Critical Studies recipient. Candrice's primary goal as a writer is to write love letters for and to women of the American South. She is the author of the full-length plays Crackbaby (2010 Wasserstein Prize Nomination) and FLEX (developed at the 2020 Humana Festival of New American Plays). She has been a resident fellow at Ground Floor housed by the Berkeley Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, and MacDowell’s Colony of the Arts. She is scheduled to be a resident playwright at Djerassi’s Colony of the Arts in the fall of 2020. Candrice, who was a 2019-20 Many Voices Fellows, is amazed and grateful to have been chosen for a 2nd year fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, this time as a Jerome Fellow. She believes that in these times of peril “story and art matter more than ever.”
It’s 1997 and Cynthia Cooper rules the WNBA. Every player on Plainnole’s Lady Train basketball team wants to “go pro,” but none more than Starra Jones. She and her teammates, Cherise, Sidney, April, and Donna, make a pact to stick together come hell or high water. However, the realities of living life in rural Arkansas may tear them apart. Written in the structure of a four-quarter basketaball game, FLEX presents a world in which a mistake on the court becomes a foul off the court. Hitting a shot on the court is a score in real life.
Candrice Jones is a recipient of the 2020 Steinberg Playwright Awards! This award recognizes eary-to-mid-career playwrights in an effort to meet the immediate needs of writers.
Candrice Jones's play FLEX will appear in NNPN's 19th Annual National Showcase of New Plays. The 2020 Showcase will take place virtually from November 19-22. Read the announcement here.
2020 Djerassi Playwright in Residence
2020 Humana Festival
2019 Bay Area Playwrights' Festival
2018 The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Residency
2018 Arkansas Individual Artist Playwrighting Fellow
Callaloo Poetry Fellow at Brown University
Callaloo Poetry Fellow at London