When you think of a successful sports agent, you think of the great Tom Condon, Arn Tellem and Scott Boras. These are the Jerry Maguire’s of the sports world. The agent that have proven that they are the kings when it comes to getting it all for their players are known as the good agent to get the athlete everything they want and desire but a great agent gets them even more. Before any athlete can think of making millions, they need to be sure that their agent has that “I can do it” mentality or their rags to riches dream can be over before it even starts. This cut-throat profession which is typically an all-male dominated field has been invaded by another king, but this one is wearing stilettos.
Director Chuck Smith has done it again with another powerful portrayal of how difficult life can be for those seeking to get it all at any cost. This well-written saga by Fernanda Coppel called “King Liz” is about an empowered woman emerging on the court and becoming a game changer in the sports agency field. This up and coming female sports agent can hold her own against any man in the business and has the tenacity to go toe to toe with her toughest male counterpart to get the NBA deal signed.
Gripping & Captivating - Where stilettos meet gyms shoes on and off the court of life
There’s nothing more captivating and heroic than seeing the underdog beating the old boy's network in their own game. King Liz delivers an exciting look at what actually happens in the world of an independent female sports agent who proved that she can be a King in a field that only sees her as an assistant.
King Liz does a remarkable job of taking us on a journey between Liz, the sports agent and Freddy, the want-to-be famous basketball player. This strong woman with a sharp, kill, steal and destroy, get in your face attitude also has the moral epiphany to take a risk to help this overindulged rookie with an over inflated ego succeed in his career.
Continuously faced with extra challenges of being a woman coupled with the turmoil of trying to get this ill-tempted rookie to forge a relationship of trust, she tries to use a woman’s touch but things change when she gets lost within her own goals of climbing up the ladder. Fame has a price and she learns this when she has to make a decision that goes against her principles. With the notoriety of becoming the king in one of the top sports agencies and her desire to be famous, she learns how much that price can cost when you make a pivotal decision to further your own career.
Sean Hampton wrote that “A dream without ambition is like a car with no gas…you’re not going anywhere.” King Liz reminds us that ambitiously seeking to become successful can get us all things we desire but at a cost of losing the things we need…happiness.
King Liz introduces us to some very ambitious and passionate characters in the play by peeling back the layers in their lives. All of the characters did a marvelous job of convincing us that this is how the sports world between agent, player and team operates. Liz Rico who is played by (Lanise Shelley) is a very convincing and talented actress. She dominated this role and we depict she is a rising star. Her role as a powerful NBA sports agent at the top of her game in a high profile male dominated position that is torn between fighting for her dreams and working endlessly to receive a promotion to head her entire company was compelling.
Freddy Luna, played by (Eric Gerard) is a very persuasive actor who is honing in his actor skills by bringing a lot of realism to his pivotal hoopster character. Freddy is a young eager aspiring basketball player with a very sketchy past that no matter how hard he tried to move beyond it, it continued to haunt him in his new world of fame. His only dream is to take care of his mother and siblings so that they can have a better life outside of the projects, only to realize the perils of NBA success brings out more than his phenomenal talent on the court but his hot temper off of the court!
Gabby Fuentes who is played by Jackie Alamillo is another go-getting character who was determined to learn from the best (Liz Rico) to make her mark as a woman in the NBA sports world. Striving endlessly for success as Liz’s assistant but not getting any recognition. Her will to become an agent and making the right decision to further her career and gain a book of client’s in this ruthless, cut-throat business is done to perfection.
King Liz is the Harlem Globe Trotter of equal rights and proves that a woman can achieve success within any male dominant field.
We both believe that the ending could have been better but overall the play highlighted some key points in the agency world of sports and what a woman can achieve given the opportunity. We recommend that you go out and get courtside seats to see how this play unfolds.
The cast of King Liz includes:
Lanise Shelley (Liz Rico)
Eric Gerard (Freddy Luna)
Jackie Alamillo (Gabby Fuentes)
Phillip Edward Van Lear (Coach Jones)
Frank Nall (Mr. Candy)
Caron Buinis (Barbara Flowers)
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Written By Fernanda Coppel
Directed by Chuck Smith
May 24 – July 16, 2017
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