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Stacey Luftig is a playwright, librettist, lyricist, and television writer. Her lyrics were featured in That’s Life, a long-running Off-Broadway revue that was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and toured nationwide. Her musical Understood Betsy won the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Playwriting Award, the National Children's Theatre Festival Award, and was produced at the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater, Coral Gables, Florida. Her operetta, Story of an Hour, premiered with the Portland Chamber Orchestra in Portland, Oregon. Jinxed, a 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, had a staged reading at the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival. Stacey has written animated episodes for Pinky Dinky Doo, produced by the Sesame Workshop. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop; a five-time fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild.


Everyone knows about American icon Amelia Earhart and her doomed final flight. But very few know Jackie Cochran: the hot-tempered, beautiful, ambitious aviatrix who earned more records for speed, distance, and altitude, than any pilot in history. And even fewer know of Jackie's role in Amelia's last flight. Exploring the intense friendship and rivalry between these two brave pilots, Jinxed shows why the name of one pilot became synonymous with adventure—while the better and far more accomplished flyer was the one who truly disappeared. The play, which takes place over the course of two years and is based on in-depth historical research, traces the complex and often surprising events that led to Amelia’s disappearance, dramatizing the love, envy, competition, support, and deception that both join and divide its central characters.