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 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 play, Crackbaby. Candrice also serves as board member of The Weekend Theater as the Educational Outreach Specialist as well as Ozark Living Newspaper. In the summer of 2018, Candrice was a resident a Ground Floor where she developed FLEX. She was recently given the 2018 Arkansas Arts Council Individual Playwriting Fellowship and is ecstatic to engage with the Playwrights' Center as a Many Voices Fellow.
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.
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