Play Hotel

Play Hotel is Colt Coeur’s ongoing reading series, and our principal arena for developing new work. Recent Play Hotel playwrights & directors have included Clare Barron, Chiara Atik, Lindsey Ferrentino, Jon Caren, MJ Kaufman, GT Upchurch, Claudia Weill, Tamilla Woodard, Kate Robin, Melissa Ross, Stella Powell-Jones and many more!

To be considered for our reading/workshop series & future world premiere productions please review our most recent Call for Submissions.



In the spirit of promoting opportunities for female and trans playwrights and directors Colt Coeur’s 4th annual Parity Plays Festival features four public readings of new plays. This year our Festival is co-curated with WP Theater, and the Parity Plays series will appear on the WP Theater stage for the very first time.

Click here for more information and to reserve your free tickets.
The WP Theater is located at 2162 Broadway (at 76th Street), 4th floor, NY, NY.


Monday 11/13 4:00PM

by Rehana Lew Mirza
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Thursday 11/16  3:00PM

by Leah Nanako Winkler
directed by Morgan Gould
CAST:  Jeff Biehl, Satomi Blair, Ako Dachs, Emma Kikue Munson, Jay Patterson, Emily Kunkel

Sunday 11/19  7:00PM
Perry Street

by Lucy Thurber
CAST:  Jennifer Carpenter, Glenn Davis, Amanda Seyfried, Trudie Styler, Michael Warner

Monday 11/20  7:00PM
Le Jeté

by Catherine Yu
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
CAST: Molly Carden, Lauren Currie Lewis, Lynne Lipton, Eden Marryshow, Kate Cullen Roberts, Brian Wiles, Tyler Weaks + more.

Colt Coeur is committed to gender parity in programming, staffing, and representation within narratives.



Please join us for our 2017 Play Hotels:

Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel series &
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
present a reading of

Three Rules for the Dragon
By Jeff Talbott
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Marin Ireland, Zachary Quinto, Madeleine Rogers, & Babak Tafti
stage directions: Eddie Boroevich

Monday, March 6th 2017, 3pm at Rattlestick, 224 Waverly Place
The reading is free however reservations are required. RSVP to

Jeff Talbott’s play The Submission was the inaugural recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award and was produced off-Broadway by MCC Theater; it went on to receive the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Play.  His play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby will receive a world-premiere production in March 2017 off-Broadway by TACT.  Other plays include:  i (workshop – Pioneer Theatre), Three Rules for the Dragon (2017 O’Neill Finalist, finalist/workshop – Premiere Stages), A Public Education (2015 O’Neill finalist; workshops –Pioneer Theatre, TACT), How to Build a City(workshops –TACT, Route 66), Elliot (readings – Crowded Outlet, MCC Theater), and All the Stars in the Midnight Sky (workshops/readings – MCC, TACT).  He writes musicals with composer Will Van Dyke:  Imagine Harry (NAMT 2015), Wintersong (2016 Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Writers Colony ) and Seven Broken Hearts.  They have released an EP (A View of the River) and a single (A New Year featuring Annaleigh Ashford).  Jeff graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama.

Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Recent world premieres:  Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira, (Colt Coeur), Cal in Camo by William Francis Hoffman (Colt Coeur/ Rattlestick), Kings by Sarah Burgess (WP Theater), The Surgeon and Her Daughters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), The Nest by Theresa Rebeck (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon/ American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur), 52nd to Bowery by Chiara Atik (EST), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur), REUNION by Greg Moss (South Coast Rep),  Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur),  Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur), Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur). Other productions: Dear Elizabeth, Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival, VT), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale). Director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.



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by Laura Jacqmin
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Cast: Jaspal Binning, Teddy Bergman, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Adam Harrington, Rosemarie Mitchell, Kate Cullen Roberts, and Jon Norman Schneider

The reading will take place Sunday, January 8th at 2:15pm
in ART/New York’s Bruce Mitchell Room
at 520 8th Avenue,
3rd Floor, NY, NY 10036.

Tickets are free however reservations are required. 

RSVP by Friday to

The reading will last approximately 100 minutes and will be followed by a brief reception with the playwright and director.


Please join us for our 3rd Annual Parity Plays Festival September 14th & 21st at HERE!

In the spirit of promoting opportunities for female and trans playwrights and directors Colt Coeur will produce four public readings of new plays during the run of Empathitrax at HERE.  Inspired in part by advocacy groups including #MakeItFairThe Kilroys and The Lilly Awards, Colt Coeur is committed to gender parity in programming, staffing, and representation within narratives. Congats to How to Live on Earth playwrights and CoCo company member MJ Kaufman whose play Eat and You Belong to Us was selected for The Kilroys 2016 List.
All readings are free and open to the public and will take place at HERE
(145 6th Avenue, enter on Dominick, 1 block south of Spring St.)
Receptions will be held between readings on both September 14th and 21st.

September 14th
2pm: Carlo at the Wedding by Bryna Turner, directed by Ellie Sachs
5pm: Flee by Stephanie Del Rosso, directed by Sash Bischoff

September 21st
2pm: A Patron of the Arts by Kate Cortesi, directed by Amy C. Ashton
5pm: Flat Sam by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor

Festival Associate Producer: Brittany Coyne




by Ana Noguiera
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
cast: Adam Harrington, Layla Khoshnoudi, and Genesis Oliver

It’s the near future and a young couple is having some relationship problems.  A perky delivery boy arrives with a pill that may offer a solution to all their romantic woes. But all solutions come with their own side effects.


Monday, May 23rd 4pm

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, NY, NY
Reading is free however reservations are encouraged.


Please join us for our 2nd Annual #ParityPlaysFest September 22nd & 29th at HERE!

For the past two years The Kilroys solicited nominations from over 300 theatre professionals, (primarily artistic directors and literary managers), for their favorite new plays by female-identified playwrights. In June they published The List – the top 53 of these plays. In the same spirit of promoting opportunities for female and trans artists, Colt Coeur will produce three public readings of new plays by female and trans playwrights, helmed by female and trans directors, to coincide with the run of How to Live on Earth, by MJ Kaufman, who’s play Sagitarrius Ponderosa was selected for The List this year.

The 3-play festival of readings will occur September 22nd and 29th at HERE in SoHo.

Tuesday, September 22nd:
I Gained Five Pounds
by Chiara Atik
directed by Claudia Weill
Harbur Gate
by Kathleen Cahill
directed by Tamilla Woodard
Tuesday, September 29th:
This Flat Earth
by Lindsey Ferrentino
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

HERE is located at 145 6th Avenue, NY, NY.  (Enter on Dominick, 1 block south of Spring Street.)
All readings are free and open to the public however reservations are encouraged. Email to reserve your seat.

Casting will be announced soon!

Artist bios:

Chiara Atik (writer)
Chiara Atik's plays include Five Times in One Night (Ensemble Studio Theater), and WOMEN, a mashup of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and HBO's “Girls” (The People's Improv Theater/Hollywood Fringe Festival). Chiara's writing has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine The Atlantic, The Hairpin,, and Refinery29. Other writing credits include “Paris is Lovely/Lonely When You’re Alone” (Amazon Kindle, Paperback 2014) and “Modern Dating: A Field Guide,” (Harlequin, 2013).
Kathleen Cahill (writer)
Kathleen Cahill's awards include the Jane Chambers Playwrighting Award, two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Playwrighting Awards, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, a Rockefeller Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, two Edgerton Foundation Awards and a Drama League Award. Her play Charm was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; her play The Persian Quarter was nominated for a Steinberg Award. (Both published by Dramatic Publishing.) Her produced musicals include Friendship of the SeaDakota Sky; an opera, Clara, two opera/cabarets, A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Berlin in the Twenties,the lyrics for David Zabriskie’s Requiem, a comic opera cabaret, Fatal Song, recently produced by Utah Opera, and Perdida, a musical version of The Winter’s Tale set in Mexico. Her plays include the comedy,Course 86B in the Catalogue (Salt Lake Acting Company) The Still Time (Georgia Rep/ Porchlight Theatre, Chicago) the comedy, Women Who Love Science Too Much (Porchlight Theatre and NPR Radio) Joy Forever  (Cleveland Public, Firehouse Theatre, Massachusetts) Charm ( National New Play Network Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company premiere, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Dallas; Orlando Shakespeare; Taffety Punk, Washington D.C. among others) The Persian Quarter ( Salt Lake Acting Company, Merrimack Rep.). Her play, Harbur Gate, is an NNPN commission. She wrote the screenplay for the independent feature, Downtown Express. She writes Alan Cumming’s presentations for Masterpiece on PBS.   She is Playwright-in-Residence at the Salt Lake Acting Company.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Director)
Adrienne is the Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Upcoming: world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), and the world premiere of Cal in Camo (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/Colt Coeur). Recent: Dental Society Midwinter Meeting  by Laura Jacqmin at Williamstown Theater Festival (Foeller Fellowship), World Premiere of Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival, VT), World Premiere of Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), World Premiere of Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Recall (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Flu Season (American Conservatory Theater, SF), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), Dead Man's Cell Phone (NYU), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE). She is a Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow, a recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Fellowship, the EST/Sloan grant, an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist and Audrey Resident. She has developed work with La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Underground, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick, Women’s Project Theater, New Georges, and EST. She is also the director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.
Lindsey Ferrentino (writer)
Lindsey Ferrentino's play Ugly Lies the Bone is currently running off Broadway at Roundabout Theater Company after winning the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence, Paul Newman Drama Award, and was a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn. This summer, her play This Flat Earth was on the Mainstage at The Great Plains Theater Conference and workshopped at The Kennedy Center. Lindsey was a 2014 Kendeda playwright with The Alliance Theater. Her other plays been developed/ performed at The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick, New York Theatre Workshop, The Blank Theater in LA, and The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Lindsey is currently under commission by Roundabout Theater Company, The Geffen, and is a 2015 Elizabeth George Emerging Playwright Commission at South Coast Repertory.  BFA: NYU MFA: Hunter College and Yale School of Drama '16.
Ellie Sachs (Producer)
Ellie has worked with Magic Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival,The Yellow Barn, Cooper Street Correctional Facility, and the San Francisco County Jail in various producorial and directing capacities.  Ellie was the 2014-2015 season Artistic Direction Apprentice at Magic Theatre and a 2015 Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Intern.  B.A. and B.T.A. from University of Michigan. Ellie recently served as the assistant director on An Intervention (Lila Neugabauer, Williamstown), and How to Live on Earth (Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Colt Coeur).
Claudia Weill (Director)
Claudia is a film, television, and theatre director. Her feature films include GIRLFRIENDS made independently and sold to Warner Brothers after awards at Cannes, Filmex and Sundance, IT’S MY TURN for Columbia Pictures and the feature documentary w/Shirley Maclaine THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY A CHINA MEMOIR, (Academy Award Nom) about the first women’s delegation to the Peoples Republic of China in 1973. She has directed theatre at Williamstown, the O’Neill, Sundance, ACT, MTC, Circle Rep, the Public Theatre (Margulies’ FOUND A PEANUT, Drama Desk Nom), Pasadena Playhouse, EST NY & LA, Irish Repertory Theatre, The BELLE of BELFAST and most recently, 77% by Rinne Groff at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse. Among her favorite work as a TV director is HBO GIRLS, thirty something (Emmy Award), MY SO-CALLED LIFE and Sesame Street, as well as several cable movies. She has taught Film Directing at USC and CAL ARTS, currently teaching TV Directing at the Columbia School of the Arts. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to which she was the 3rd woman admitted as a director.
Tamilla Woodard (director)
Tamilla is a theatre director who works both nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of PopUp Theatrics, a partnership creating site impacting theatrical events around the world and in collaboration with international theatre artists. Currently, she is serving as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi year initiative of The Working Theater. The project will support the commissioning and development of 5 Playwright/Director teams working in collaborations and creating theatrical works in response to working class communities in all 5 boroughs. She is a current Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and artistic affiliate with New Georges. She graduated from The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program and is the recipient of The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists and The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.



Last year’s #ParityPlaysFest featured the work of Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Emily Feldman, Stella Powell-Jones, Kate Robin, Melissa Ross, Kaitlin Schuster, Gaye Taylor Upchurch, and Hannah Wolf.

2014-2015 Play Hotels included development of Jon Caren’s Need to Know, and MJ Kaufman’s How to Live on Earth.