Jackie Cochran at 1938 Bendix race

Jackie Cochran on Play Book cover

SIU, directed by George Ferencz

SIU, directed by George Ferencz

Twin Sabre Jets breaking the sound barrier

Southern Illinois University

SIU, directed by George Ferencz

Jake Speck, Kellie Johnson, Tom Pavey at Praxis, Theatre Row, NYC

Praxis Theatre production of The Fastest Woman Alive, directed by Joel Froomkin, Kellie Johnson as Jackie


Thrills of a 3-ring circus on a dime--
Jackie Cochran begins as barefoot starving white trash
becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier;
buddies with Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager, Ike, LBJ;
founds the WASP and Mercury 13,
captures and holds more flight records than any pilot ever.

Was performed for Medal of Honor WASP
whose story it celebrates, in Sweetwater TX at their reunion



"A thrilling play...amazing…a marvel…unfolds like a rocket…a wonder it’s not in a Broadway theatre” NYTheatre.com

“...like TOP GUN for women…empowering piece; its effect is undeniable. I left feeling proud to be a woman.” THE STAGE, UK, Edinburgh Festival

“Funny and thrilling… Simultaneous action and jump cuts... directors and casts will find the play foolproof. Because it's a cinematic natural, expect Jackie to zoom around the big screen.” PLAYS INTERNATIONAL, London

“Kaleidoscopic…fascinating true story...streaks forward. … creative theatrical thread running through… clearly displays that Sunde is more than a mere chronicler ... believable and moving" TalkingBroadway.com

“Spunky lady’s tale makes fast takeoff…Sunde has done a wonderful job making her maverick character come to life.” New Jersey Star-Ledger

“Spitfire…wildcat ‘…CALL ME MADAM meets A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN’... the never-ending appeal of won’t-take-no-for-an-answer broads… sweeping across the stage.” American Theater Web

“This is an amazing story … non-stop, near improvisatory … moving at an appropriately Cochran-like pace” Montclair Times

“Gripping…fascinating…riveting script makes this a ‘not to be missed’ dramatic experience.” Irvington Herald

“Imaginatively constructed…unwavering desire to soar, boistrous, daring… four supporting actors play a whole nation!” BACKSTAGE


The astonishing and glamorous Jackie Cochran soared through life. She was the first woman to break the sound barrier; she battled the military to create WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots), 1,000 women who risked their lives flying more than 75-million miles while testing and ferrying every military aircraft flown in World War II. She was named Business Woman of the Year, became a soul-mate to both Amelia Earhart and Chuck Yeager, and to this day she holds more flight records than any man or woman who ever lived. The Fastest Woman Alive whirls us through her adventurous life in dramatic and touching scenes giving us a picture of this quintessential American who began her life in hopeless circumstances, seized her dream, and achieved more than anyone imagined was possible.

**THE FASTEST WOMAN ALIVE published by Dramatic Publishing Company, 2005

The Fastest Woman Alive - Bandera High School, TX -Director Emily Huber

Cast of The Fastest Woman Alive - Steele High School, Shertz, TX

“...fine Elizabethan juggle of intrigue, betrayal, passion... seethes sexuality... riveting.”
“One of the most powerful antiwar plays ever penned.”
--Plays International, London
Gold Prize winner, Hollywood Screenplay Contest; "Dazzling" New York Screenplay Contest. U.S. Marine abduction.
Caught 'tween 2 wars. Ben Franklin’s last night where he longed to stay – the salon of Madame Helvetius - conjures war with his bastard son.
Lost treasure, sea adventure, intense love triangle. "I love it!" Consultant to James Cameron.
"delicious... delightfully grand." TIME OUT Outer Critics Circle, VOICE CHOICE
Dramedy. Televangelist's wife teams with hooker to sell sperm. Bill Boyle Coverage: "very talented writer... exceptional"
America's first heroine outfoxes all the guys until they thank her. A finalist at Sundance.
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"Americana with the spirit of a musical!" - at Edinburgh Festival
"haiku-like clarity…hypnotically beautiful, emotionally dizzying." —Chicago Sun-Times
“Unforgettable... You wish it would stop, but know you’d feel robbed if it did.” NEW YORK TIMES E-book available Free
"primal emotions... dazzling... beautifully distilled script" Chicago Sun-Times