King Liz

by  Fernanda Coppel

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 3f

Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man’s industry has to fight to stay on top.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man’s industry has to fight to stay on top. She’s worked twice as hard to get where she is and wants to take over the agency that she's helped build. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?
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“Ms. Coppel’s dialogue is finely honed, her characters drawn with a keen sense of both their forceful drives and inner conflicts.” - The New York Times, Read More

“The play never stumbles, it keeps you gasping with excitement, entertainment value and polish,  introduces a fine  new writer who is going places,  and makes a star out of Karen Pittman.  I was overwhelmed.” - Observer, Read More

"bright and sharp-elbowed...a provocative snapshot of the meat-grinder world of professional sports." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

King Liz is a welcome addition to the theatrical landscape. Coppel's writing — particularly the self-aggrandizing pitch Liz delivers to the young basketball protégé Freddie Luna — can be razor-sharp, with juicy zingers sprinkled throughout.” TheatreMania, Read More

“Coppel's quick-witted, whip-cracking dialogue...ensure(s) that things always unfold on exactly the time frame they should, without sacrificing tension, suspense, or theatricality along the way.” Talkin' Broadway, Read More


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  • KING LIZ cast on Fernanda Coppel's writing
  • KING LIZ cast on Liz Rico
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: New York City. 2015
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 3f

LIZ RICO - 40's, African-American, a powerful sports agent, scares men.
GABBY FUENTES - 30's, Latina, Liz's assistant, a disgruntled overachiever.
MR. CANDY - 60's, the CEO of a top sports agency, a self-starter, liberal when it's convenient.
FREDDIE LUNA - 19, Afro-Latino, a star basketball player, naive, deffensive, a diamond in the rough.
COACH JONES - 50's, African-American, head coach of the New York Knicks, terrified of getting fired.
BARBARA FLOWERS - 50's, a world-renowned journalist with a prime time investigative TV show.

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  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


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Fernanda Coppel

Fernanda Coppel is a playwright and screenwriter. Her play King Liz received its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre in an acclaimed, extended run in the summer of 2015. King Liz was sold to Showtime and is being developed into a half hour comedy-drama. Fernanda is currently a writer-producer on both the series "Que ...

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King Liz premiered at Second Stage Theatre Uptown in New York City in July 2015 under the direction of Lisa Peterson.

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