She Is King

SHE IS KING performs the words of tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King. This is a Fractured Atlas fiscally sponsored campaign.
Laryssa Husiak
NY, New York
United States
2 Team Members

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Performing the words of Billie Jean King

SHE IS KING at The Des Moines Social Club, June 2013. Credit: Katherine Brook

Incubator Arts - Other Forces Festival

January 2014 - NY Premiere!


The Incubator Arts Project presents the NY Premiere of SHE IS KING at the Other Forces Festival January, 2014. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the historic “Battle of the Sexes”, SHE IS KING is a live performance that uses archival footage to reenact three interviews at pivotal moments in the career of tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King. SHE IS KING captures the legend’s big personality and subtle maneuvers as King manages the pressure of her success and being a woman in a field long dominated by men. The use of interactive media via nine old TV screens magnifies the life of King as a public and private figure, and examines the impact of media on gender, sexuality and celebrity.


By visiting this fundraising site, making a donation, or spreading the word of our campaign, you are making the dream of our SHE IS KING NY premiere a reality. 

Specifically, your donation will fund:

-  Shipping and building our set

-  Production materials

-  Publicity and Marketing

-  Artist fees


January 2012 Laryssa and Katie first meet to discuss developing a new show based on an interview with Billie Jean King.

June 2012 Little Theater at Dixon Place. Present excerpt of first interview of ‘Angry Woman’ which later developed into ‘She Is King’.

October 2012 Laryssa moves to Des Moines, IA. Continues work on SHE IS KING and finds second interview.

December 2012 Dixon Place one-night only work-in-progress showing.

March 2013 Laryssa is awarded an Iowa Arts Council Grant to produce SHE IS KING in Des Moines.

May 2013 Work intensive at chashama to complete show. And Laryssa meets Billie Jean King!

June 2013 SHE IS KING premieres in Des Moines, IA with New York cast plus 6 Des Moines middle school students.

October – December 2013 Raise $8000 on Indigogo!!! 

January 2014 NY Premiere of SHE IS KING at Incubator Art’s Other Forces Festival.


SHE IS KING is created and performed by Laryssa Husiak and directed by Katherine Brook. With performances by Josh Gelb, Louisa Bradshaw and a group of six twelve-year old kids, who act as both chorus and TV crew. Lighting and scenic design by Josh Smith and sound design by Chris Giarmo. 

Laryssa Husiak (Creator/Performer/Producer) is an actor, writer and performance artist currently living in Des Moines, Iowa with her roots in New York City. She is a grantee of the Iowa Art Council, Art Matters and Yip Harburg Foundations and looks forward to being in residence at Yaddo February 2014. Laryssa is a member of the Obie award-winning theater company Two-Headed Calf and a founding member of their Dyke Division. She has also been a featured actor in the works of video artist Sunita Prasad and durational performances of painter/sculptor Jonathan Van Dyke. Laryssa is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing and holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She met Katie in 2001 and they've been collaborating ever since.

Katherine Brook (Director) most recently directed Gertrude Stein's Pink Melon Joy at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival and Prelude '13, and Acting at New York University. With her company, Tele-Violet, Brook also presented a new interpretation of a Noh play called Lady Han at Incubator Arts Project this year, and American Realism, part the Transcripts project last year (The Invisible Dog, the San Diego Museum of Art and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Brook is a member of the New Georges JAM and is the producing manager of New York City Players. She received her BFA from New York University and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

SHE IS KING at The Des Moines Social Club, June 2013. Credit: Katherine Brook


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