It’s a 2-world premiere spring, our 10th, and 11th, respectively!
A world premiere by Stephen Belber
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
January 19-February 16, 2019
HERE Mainstage, SoHo
JOAN is about the life of a woman named Joan. She is restless. She is loving. She is gracious. She’s a jerk. She has a brother. She has a lover. She has a husband. She has a kid. She has a Mom. She lives. She dies.
A poignant and probing play about the life of a contemporary American woman.
WP Theater & COLT COEUR,
in partnership with Abingdon Theater,
A world premiere by Rehana Lew Mirza
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
March 3-31, 2019
WP Theater (UWS)
Passions ignite when Layla, an intense literature professor, accuses Imran, a brashly iconoclastic novelist, of trading in anti-Muslim stereotypes. But as their attraction grows into something more, they discover that good sex doesn’t always make good bedfellows. Conflicting cultural identities collide in this thornily clever antidote to a “meet-cute” romance. Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt (What We’re Up Against) returns to WP Theater to direct this bracingly insightful new play by Rehana Lew Mirza.
PARITY PLAYS FEST
For the second year in a row, Colt Coeur will team up with WP to present our 5th Annual Parity Plays Festival, a series of public readings of new plays by female and trans playwrights. Inspired by advocacy groups like #MakeItFair, The Kilroys and The Lilly Awards, Colt Coeur is committed to the promotion of gender parity in programming, staffing, and representation within theatrical narratives. Last season's festival, staged at WP Theater’s Upper West Side venue, included a reading of Hatef*ck by CoCo Resident Alum Rehana Lew Mirza. Stay tuned for more details regarding play selection & casting! #ParityPlaysFest
Commissioned Playwright 2017-2019:
Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright, who was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her play Pass Over premiered in New York at at LCT3/Lincoln Center in June (NYTimes Critic's Pick). A filmed version of the Jeff-award winning, Steppenwolf production—directed by Spike Lee—premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Victory Gardens produced the World Premiere of her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate in February. Antoinette’s honors include a 2018 Whiting Award, the 2017 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Sam French Next Step Award (forthcoming), the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and an Ars Nova Play Group alum. Her work has been supported by The Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, Ignition Fest, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Page73, PlayPenn, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theater Company. Antoinette has a bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Harvard College; an MS from The University of Edinburgh; and an MFA from NYU Tisch. She is under commission from Echo Theater Company, Colt Coeur, Ars Nova, and Audible, and just wrapped a writing gig on the second season of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” for Netflix.
We are also thrilled to announce our 3rd commission, (and 2nd partnership with the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation), to playwright Lily Padilla.
Our CoCo Residents program is in it’s second year – and this year’s crop of playwrights and directors are: Will Arbery, Melissa Crespo, Justice Hehir, Natalie Margolin, and Whitney White.