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Terri Mateer stars in "A Kind Shot," her one-woman show at Mountainview Studio in Woodstock
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Terri Mateer stars in "A Kind Shot," her one-woman show at Mountainview Studio in Woodstock.
When women took to social media to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse amidst the national conversation around revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men, Terri Mateer wasn't surprised; actually, she found it all fantastic. "It's beyond time," the performer, producer, and writer says. "To hear guys sincerely respond, and to read apologies and reflections, I think that's great. I hope it's not all forgotten."
In this national context, Mateer's one-woman show, "A Kind Shot," which will be presented later this month at Mountain View Studios in Woodstock, couldn't be more timely. The 75-minute show, which began production and preview in 2014, is a roller coaster—with an uncertain course that's at once funny and heartbreaking. In it, Mateer traces her story as the first female basketball scholarship recipient from Brattleboro Union High School in Vermont to playing professional basketball in France (before the advent of the WNBA) to her life as a performer in New York. She shares her history with sexual harassment and abuse in simply factual terms. "I've gone through the mourning and the mining and the pain," Mateer explains. "So, people can really experience it rather than listening to someone complain."
After playing professional basketball in France, Mateer played street ball in New York City. On Manhattan's gritty playground courts, people would stop to watch the anomaly of an ultra-feminine player among the guys. "I used to play in these spandex dresses and leggings," she laughs. "It was just a hoot. I became a quasi-famous street ball player." That helped bring her into the performance world, and she began working a precursor to "A Kind Shot" with a coach from the Barrow Group, a performing arts organization dedicated to transformational storytelling.
After 9/11, Mateer and her husband left New York City to live full time in Ulster County. Developing local businesses in construction and architectural design, Mateer connected with the local theater community on the side. She  produced and performed Eve Ensler's  "The Vagina Monologues" locally, raising money for Family of Woodstock. Earlier this year, when women marched on Washington the day after President Trump's inauguration, Mateer co-organized a sister march in Woodstock which drew 1,500 people. "I'm all for pulling women together. Any way that we can give each other opportunities, encouragement, and guidance, I'm all about that," Mateer says.
Using basketball as a metaphor to drive the personal narrative in "A Kind Shot," Mateer says that's how she also drives her life: keep going, have heart, play defense, and make your free throws. Mateer feels it's a choice to give up or keep going. "I just need to take a second to figure out what's still burning in me, and use that as momentum." She says if people are coming from the heart and kindness, things will work out in time. Playing defense, she explains, is about telling people to back off. Taking the free throws, or the opportunities life offers, is often hard for women, Mateer says. "Women, they'll pass the ball. You got to take your shots, especially when they're free."
After each performance of "A Kind Shot," Mateer stays to answer questions, and it often sparks deep conversation. Mateer hopes the ultimate takeaway of "A Kind Shot" is to inspire people to look out for each other.
"A Kind Shot" will be presented at the Mountain View Studios in Woodstock on December 16, at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and in New York City at TBG Studio Theatre Jan 6th -Feb 25th. Tickets/info www.akindshot.com

Hoop du Jour
Terri Mateer’s solo show hits from downtown 
Mikhail Horowitz -Ulster Publishing October 2017

I first met Terri Mateer when I was a 379-year-old philosopher and she was a Nazi. We mounted the boards in a play by Carey Harrison, Midget in a Cat Suit Reciting Spinoza, and although her role was small, her imposing presence

—all six-feet-one of her—was not. She commanded the stage with confidence and authority in each of her scenes. 
Flash forward to July of 2016. At Bridge Street Theater in Catskill, I finally got to see what Terri could do with a leading role. The character she played was a pro basketball player, fashion model, wannabe architect, and sometime stripper and actress named

. . . Terri Mateer, in a one-woman show titled A Kind Shot. From the moment she entered, dribbling a basketball,
both the ball and the audience were in the palm of her hand.
This weekend, Mateer’s autobiographical play, which elicited bravos at the Davenport Theater Off-Off-Broadway, is coming to Rosendale Theatre for two performances—on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. 
A feature-length monologue, A Kind Shot is an unflinchingly candid, darkly comic narrative that holds nothing back as it lays bare the checkered career of its author, who evolves, over the course of its telling, from a talented naif to a politically awakened woman. Throughout, the percussive pounding of the ball provides a rhythmic accompaniment to the narrative, as well as reminding us that, whatever crazy shit was going on in her life, there was always one thing, at least, that she could control—the responsive, round object that always came back to her hand.
As the first female from Brattleboro (Vermont) Union High School to be awarded a college basketball scholarship, Mateer went on to acareer in hoops that encompassed playing for Florida State University and then spending one eventful season, 1988–89, as a pro in France, on a team sponsored by Michelin. “The basketball culture was very loose over there,” she says, adding how shocked she was that the players would drink and smoke at half-time. “I was a vegetarian, and I got so fat—I was eating croissants, and I couldn’t believe these 12-course meals! But the level of play was awesome.”
Why she returned to the States is taken up by her solo show, where the incident is examined in detail. But suffice to say it was part of a long series of betrayals, involving exploitative and piggish behavior by many of the men in her life. Happily, that cycle was broken when she married Brian Mateer, a woodworker, surrealist painter, and all-around mensch who has schlepped props and handled the lights for her shows and provided constant encouragement. 
Standing up to chauvinist coaches and abusive bosses led by gradual degrees to a heightened sense of social awareness and a strong commitment to political activism. Mateer was one of the organizers of the Women’s March on Woodstock, which was held in solidarity with the same-day Women’s March on Washington. She also produced and acted in a V-Day performance of The Vagina Monologues that raised more than $12,000 for Family of Woodstock. And her solo play delivers a strong message of empowerment to young people in general and to young athletes in particular.
“The day after Hillary lost, we did the show at Mansfield University, in front of all the student athletes—girls’ teams, mens’ teams—and all their coaches,” as well as faculty and administrators, Mateer recalls. Because of the play’s raw language and the “tension of the times,” she thought it would be a good idea to be paid before the gig. She needn’t have worried. 
“After the show, I could see [Mansfield President Francis L. Hendricks] making his way over to me, and I was pretty sure he was gonna ask me for that check back,” she laughs. Instead, he shook Mateer’s hand and said, “Cassius Clay, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and many others have appeared on our stage, and now you have graced it with your show and presence. Thank you.”
Although her pro-ball days are over, Mateer can still hold her own in a pick-up game. The most recent occasion came at the Community Center courts in Woodstock. “There were three other guys, so we played two on two,” she says “My team lost, but we had fun. The smells, the sound of the ball, the smack talk with chuckles, the getting to know someone quickly, genuinely, not even knowing their name or what they did, it didn’t matter, it never has. I used to play all over the city, with all sorts of people— homeless, rich, black, white, girls, guys, all colors, all economic backgrounds.”
Mateer’s main gig when she’s not on stage is working as a hands-on landscape artist, counseling her clients to plant vegetables and encourage native plants, helping them to feel connected to the earth and to do what they can to sustain themselves. But more than anything, she is grateful to be part of such a supportive local theater community. “I got my start in community theater,” she says, and the strengthening of self-confidence and personal power it provided is something

she’d recommend to everyone: “Go do it! Audition! Knock on doors and say hi!”
Advance tickets ($15; $20 at the door) to Terri Mateer’s two performances at Rosendale Theatre may be obtained from www.akindshot.com You can also visit Terri's website for details of the show's run at Off-Off-Broadway TBG Studio Theatre, opening this January 13, 2018 and continuing through February 25.​
"I just thought it was an extraordinary performance of extraordinary material. It's a fantastic message which seems to be coming just at the right time in our culture. Not only is " A Kind Shot" a perfect showcase for you as a performer (and you are such a pro already) but it offers an engaging cautionary tale with a strategy that can change lives."
- Christine Donnelly

"Terri is funny and talented. She has a unique and refreshing voice. Terri pours her heart out
on stage. She has performed her show in theaters, small studios, and gyms. She is a dedicated performer, committed
to making a positive change in the world
with her art."

Lee Brock - Co-Artistic Director,
The Barrow Group

"It's beyond talent.
You're a natural but it's beyond that. You have genius. I've said it before & will say it again - in print if possible! You have genius that only a few have. I think when people see this show they will realize that you belong in a tradition of physical comediennes of genius."

Carey Harrison, Artistic Director, The Woodstock Players Theater Company

No tall tales, just real life - 6' 1"

former pro b-baller
Terri Mateer’s
A Kind Shot" holds court at MITF" 

Preview by Scott Stiffler -
Downtown Express - November 2015 

Whether working every angle on the court or navigating the field of life, former pro basketball player Terri Mateer has taken plenty of hits — but that hasn’t diminished
her drive to score. Performed with an athlete’s grace and confidence (but none of the indulgent swagger), the 6’ 1” Mateer’s “A Kind Shot” (Nov. 17, 21, 22) has plenty of
insider anecdotes and famous names that will appeal to fans of street, college and
pro sports.Besides her experience in these worlds, Vermont-raised Mateer also worked
as a model, a stripper, and a designer. Raised by a single hippie mom and an African American surrogate father, and mentored by numerous others, she credits them with giving her the fortitude to confront sexual abuse and harassment.
“The point of my story,” Mateer says, “is to inspire people to look out for each other.”

A Kind Shot Performance History

Rosendale Theatre Collective 2017
Mansfield University 2016
Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill, NY 2016
Midtown International Theater Festival -NYC 2015 & 2016
Keynote Presentation for APCA Broadway Experience - NYC 2015
Official Selection of The Chicago Fringe -2015 
The Tank - SoloWeek -NYC 2015
The Davenport Theatre Black Box Studio - NYC 2014 & 2015
Cap 21 2014
Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2014
NY Fringe Festival 2014
Under St. Marks 2013

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