Mate

Mate: the Untouchable Bobby Fischer, a play in two acts, was workshopped at the Actors’ Gang theater in Los Angeles in 2011.

In 1960, young chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer travels to Buenos Aires to compete in a tournament. Fischer becomes intimate with a woman for the first time, thrusting the genius into a new realm where the body triumphs over the mind. Fischer must battle for control or face the destruction of his life’s ambition.

After achieving the title of World Champion in 1972, Fischer disappears from professional chess. From rich and admired to homeless and jailed, he succumbs to paranoia. He finds salvation in a Hungarian girl, the only one who can lure him back into the spotlight.

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About Lolly Ward

Lolly most recently played “Mrs. Loney” in BREAK THE WHIP at The Actors’ Gang Theater and “Gertrude” in HAMLET at the Stella Adler Theatre. As a member of The Actors’ Gang since 2000, Lolly has performed many roles, including “Masha” in THE SEAGULL (LA Weekly Award), directed by Georges Bigot, and “Myriam” in MEPHISTO, directed by Tim Robbins. After opening EMBEDDED in Los Angeles, she toured with it to London and New York, where Robbins also directed a film of the play at the Public Theater. She has a Bachelor's and Master's in English from Stanford University and won Stanford Magazine’s 2008 fiction contest with her short story, “How to Change Someone’s Life, Not Your Own.” She co-produced and starred in the short film AFTER DINNER and sometimes shows her lighter side by performing improvised musicals or acting on TV, for instance in THE KING OF QUEENS.


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