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“’This is an important vaccine from a public health standpoint,’ [Dr. Bob] writes of the hep B vaccine, ‘but it’s not as critical from an individual point of view.’ In order for this to make sense, one must believe that individuals are not part of the public.”
--Eula Biss, On Immunity
Heated Vaccine Debates Take Center Stage in Colt Coeur’s
An East Coast Premiere
BY JONATHAN SPECTOR
DIRECTED BY ADRIENNE CAMPBELL-HOLT
August 24 – September 21 at Walkerspace
OPENING SET FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 29TH
General admission tickets start at $20 and are available here!
Theatre Bay Area Award
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award
Will Glickman Award
Rella Lossy Award
"Jonathan Spector's play is so crisply defined that you might have to periodically remind yourself that you haven't already met these characters in real life...Spector proves as much as master of pathos as of comedy.”-San Francisco Chronicle
We are thrilled to present the east coast premiere of Jonathan Spector’s screamingly funny yet profound EUREKA DAY. Spector’s lauded play uses a heated vaccination debate at a progressive elementary school as a metaphorical lens for the escalating hostility of America’s culture wars and our inability to listen to those with whom we disagree. This timely comedy is directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Primary Stages’ Downstairs, Colt Coeur’s Joan). Previews begin Saturday, August 24th with official opening set for Thursday, August 29th.
Carina has just enrolled her son at EUREKA DAY School in Berkeley, CA, where all decisions are made by consensus— diversity and inclusion are valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. As a freshman member of the private school’s board of directors—one position is always reserved for a new parent so no one gets too calcified in their thinking—she is thrown into the deep end when a mumps outbreak hits the school, forcing parents to choose between their own personal beliefs and what might be best for the community. Opening the discussion up to online trolls during a Facebook Live meeting only moves the committee further away from answering EUREKA DAY’s—and our era’s—most pressing question: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?
EUREKA DAY premiered at Aurora Theater in Berkeley, CA in April 2018, where it received all of the region’s new play awards: Glickman Award, Theatre Bay Area Award, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, and Rella Lossy Award.
The cast for EUREKA DAY is: Tina Benko (“New Amsterdam”, “The Avengers”; Scenes from a Marriage, Top Girls), Elizabeth Carter, KK Moggie (Passage, Daphne’s Dive), Thomas Jay Ryan (“Blue Bloods”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, The Crucible), and Brian Wiles (“Manifest”, “Billions”). Kate Cullen Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) will join the cast for the final week of performances.
The scenic design for EUREKA DAY is by John McDermott; costume design is by Lux Haac; lighting design is by Grant Yeager; sound design is by Amy Altadonna. Colt Coeur produces the engagement, with Ayana Parker Morrison as lead producer, Emily Caffery as line producer and Dominique Bravo as Associate Producer. Sean McGrath serves as Production Manager and Technical Director. Avery Trunko is Production Stage Manager and Katie Cecil Cairns is Assistant Stage Manager. Casting is by Anne Davison. Mehr Kaur serves as the Associate Director.
The performance schedule for EUREKA DAY is Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays and Mondays at 7pm. Opening night is Thursday, August 29th at 7pm. EUREKA DAY will run through Saturday, September 21st.
EUREKA DAY plays at Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street (2 blocks south of Canal Street, between Broadway and Church), New York, NY 10013. Tickets start at $20 and are general admission. For more information and tickets, click here.
Jonathan Spector (playwright) is a theatre-maker based in Oakland, CA. In addition to Eureka Day, his other plays include Good. Better. Best. Bested. (Custom Made Theater, San Francisco), In From The Cold (Just Theater, Berkeley) and Siesta Key (Bay Area Playwrights Festival). He has developed work with Roundabout Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Aurora Theatre, The Lark, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Custom Made Theatre, Mugwumpin, Playwrights Foundation, Source Theater Festival, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Theatre of NOTE, Something Marvelous Theatre, and Stanford’s National Center for New Plays. Upcoming: Eureka Day at Mosaic Theater (Washington, DC), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia) and Spreckles Performing Arts Center (Sonoma).
ADRIENNE CAMPBELL-HOLT (DIRECTOR): Adrienne is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur and the recipient of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award. Recent world premiere productions: We are Among Us by Stephen Belber (City Theater, Pittsburgh), Hatef**k by Rehana Lew Mirza (WP Theater/Colt Coeur), Joan, by Stephen Belber, starring Johanna Day (Colt Coeur), Downstairs, by Theresa Rebeck starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly (Primary Stages), Thirst, by C. A. Johnson (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Zürich, by Amelia Roper (Colt Coeur/NYTW), What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck (WP Theater), Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira (Colt Coeur), Cal in Camo (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur), Chiara Atik’s 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), 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), and Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Colt Coeur). Adrienne is currently developing the new musical Other World with Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Ann McNamee & WETA Workshop, as well as Afterwords, with Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek. BA Barnard College, Columbia University. She is also the director of #makeitfair.
Then, next spring - we're proud to present the world premiere of
POLYLOGUES Created, Written, & Performed by Xandra Clark Directed by Molly Clifford
April-May, 2020 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Polylogues is a funny, interview-based solo show that explores real people’s experiences with nonmonogamy—and love in all its forms. Writer/performer Xandra Clark is less like an actor and more like a medium, listening on headphones to the interviews as she performs them. By providing anonymity to each interviewee, she channels voices that could never be heard if the storytellers’ identities were known. Though a solo show, Polylogues forges a living polyamorous community on the stage with a diverse set of voices—from a senior citizen who’s been poly for decades to a child worried about her open parents; from liberals in a commune to conservative evangelical swingers; and from the newly empowered to folks critical of how nonmonogamy perpetuates patriarchy and white supremacy. Polylogues examines what 21st century folks want in relationships, what we’re afraid of, and the ways in which tradition attempts to contain us.
Xandra Nur Clark is a journalist-playwright and multidisciplinary performer whose work activates self-investigation, breaks down barriers in understanding across difference, and invites a re-thinking of the “normal” and the “other.” Xandra’s work has been featured at Dixon Place, The Tank, The Flea, Weeksville Heritage Center, Five Myles, Judson Church, Queer Abstract, Caveat, and Brooklyn College, and been funded by NYSCA/Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Stanford Arts. Acting credits include at EST, Rattlestick, The Flea, The Lark/Noor Theatre, BAM, Wild Project, and The High Line. Xandra is a 2018-19 Queer|Art Fellow and a company member of The Bats at The Flea, Poetic Theater Productions, and folk choir Ukrainian Village Voices. Xandra co-leads Colt Coeur’s theater education program, received the 2013 Award for Local Reporting from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and is a New York State-certified Rape Crisis Counselor for the Anti-Violence Project crisis hotline. BA Theater, MA Journalism: Stanford University.
Molly Clifford NYC Directing: RETREAT (EST/Youngblood, Two Headed Rep), Karaoke at The Golden Sun Convention Center, Miss Julie, Restaurant in D Major, TARTUFFE (Two Headed Rep), American Dreamers by Lia Romeo (West of 10th), Soldier (All For One), The Elephant in the Room (NY Fringe). Short plays and readings for EST/Youngblood, TinyRhino, 7x7, West of 10th. Assisting: Classic Stage, Playwrights Realm, The Play Company, Vineyard Theatre, EST, Cherry Lane and Yale Rep. Alumna of the National Theater Institute and Connecticut College. Co-Artistic Director of Two Headed Rep. In development: Polylogues (Dixon Place, The Tank) by Xandra Clark. www.mollyclifforddirects.com
COLT COEUR is a Brooklyn-based theater company founded in 2010. We contemplate questions that inspire us and devise theater pieces that respond to and engage with the world in which we live. We address the ambivalence, terror and exhilaration of our age on the scale of person-to-person through theater that utilizes a simplicity of means to achieve richness of expression. Our original, story-driven, visceral theater straddles the line between mainstream and experimental, elevates design while valuing strong storytelling, and pulls you close and doesn't let go.
Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt leads a 16-member ensemble of actors, playwrights and designers to nurture the next generation of theater artists through the development and production of new plays and by providing arts education to students from underserved NYC public schools. Over 9 years, Colt Coeur has produced 11 world premieres; developed 40 plays; and provided free arts education for over 120 students. All 11 of Colt Coeur’s world premieres explored themes of resonance to our times while ranging in subject matter from teen pregnancy (Dry Land), to postpartum depression and the struggle to make ends meet for a working-class family (Cal in Camo), to the underlying appetite for new frontiers that is manifest in applicants looking to travel on a one-way mission to Mars (How to Live on Earth). Half of the productions were developed from scratch with a company of actors, designers, a playwright, and director Adrienne Campbell-Holt. Colt Coeur is currently developing new work with commissioned playwrights Antoinette Nwandu (Paula Vogel Award 2019), and, Lily Padilla (Yale Prize 2019). All of the productions received rave reviews and have gone on to publication and/or subsequent national and international productions.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
Eureka Day is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The reviews are in!
Read on below... and click here to see photos from last night's Opening festivities!
“SMART, MOUTHY and SEXY!
Kavi Ladnier and Sendhil Ramamurthy are DRIPPING WITH CHARISMA. Just beneath the couple’s pheromone-spiked banter lurks a feeling discussion about representation and identity."
NEW YORK TIMES
“COMPLEX and PROVOCATIVE. FUN TO WATCH!
Kavi Ladnier and Sendhil Ramamurthy trade barbs and come-ons at a breakneck pace, with director Adrienne Campbell-Holt taking a cue from classic Hollywood screwball comedy—though we never saw as much of Cary Grant’s unclothed body as we do of Ramamurthy’s well-trained physique.”
“Angry sex done right! Passions are heightened with every clever turn-of-phrase until the two head for the bedroom to work off the steam.” “Dialogue ripples with energy sprinkled with humor and an occasional gut punch. Using her two beautifully defined creations, Mirza can go deep as well as broad, coming to conclusions that are enlightening as well as troubling.”
“The electric spark between Layla and Imran is fueled equally by attraction and revulsion, creating a MAGNETIC TENSION THAT DRAWS US IN. Ladnier and Ramamurthy wield Mirza's sharp writing LIKE TWO OLYMPIC FENCERS BRANDISHING THEIR FOILS.”
“TAUT AND TART. A SMARTLY, and WITTILY written play - which takes unexpected turns.”
NEWS INDIA TIMES
"Every South Asian should see this play."
Colt Coeur teams up with WP Theater to present the world premiere of the 2017 Kilroys List play Hatef**k by 2019 Richard Rodgers Award-winning playwright Rehana Lew Mirza.
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, which reunites "Heroes" stars Kavi Ladnier and Sendhil Ramamurthy. Adrienne Campbell-Holt returns to WP Theater to direct this bracingly insightful new play.
Set: Anshuman Bhatia // Costume: Sarita Fellows
Lights: Barbara Samuels // Sound: Joanna Lynne Staub
Production Stage Manager: Emely Zepeda // Intimacy director: Judi Lewis Ockler
We also want to invite you behind-the-scenes of HATEF**K, to hear more about why this play is so impactful...
Click here to watch a short teaser video or here to learn more about our experience working with Intimacy Director Judi Lewis Ockler.
Want to support Colt Coeur even more - and have a chance to mingle with the cast & creative team?Join us on Wednesday, March 27th for a Special Benefit Performance & post-show Reception.
Click here for Benefit tickets.
We offer our annual Education Initiative free-of-charge for NYC public school students ages 11-15.
There will be a free presentation for friends and family at 6:30pm on Monday February 25th at JACK Theater in Brooklyn.
Watch our video about last year's program here!
A bit of history:
Only in the theater can you create something out of literally nothing. Colt Coeur was founded in January 2010 and is a company of actors, writers, directors and designers. In just nine years -- Colt Coeur has been lauded by The New York Times with the broad recognition “these guys have chops” and the New York Post and Time Out have called our work “pitch perfect” and “wildly charming.” We’ve created four original plays (Seven Minutes in Heaven, Fish Eye, How to Live on Earth and The Big and the Small) in our uniquely collaborative style, and produced the world premieres of Recall by Eliza Clark, Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith, Dry Land, by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Cal in Camo, by William Francis Hoffman, Empathitrax, by Ana Nogueira, and JOAN, by Stephen Belber. We’ve also launched our free week-long Playmaking workshop, and held public readings of a bevy of exciting new plays as part of our Play Hotel series.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The Colt Coeur Education Initiative is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
It’s a 2-world premiere spring, our 10th, and 11th, respectively! For the first time ever – we’re offering ‘season pass’ subscriptions – click here to find out more and purchase!
A world premiere by Stephen Belber
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
January 19-February 16, 2019
HERE Mainstage, SoHo
Cast: Johanna Day, Adam Harrington & Marjan Neshat
JOAN is about the life of a woman named Joan. She is restless, loving, maddening, gracious.
She has a brother, a lover, a mother, a child.
She lives. She dies.
A poignant and probing play about the life of a contemporary American woman.
scenic design: Andrew Moerdyk // costumes: Emily Rebholz
lighting: Grant Yeager // sound design: Amy Altadonna
projections: Kate Ducey // properties: Kelvin Pater
production management & technical direction: Emma Johnson
Line producers: Ayana Parker Morrison & Madeleine Goldsmith
Production Stage Manager: Carolynn Richer // Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Cairns
Casting: Anne Davison // Assistant director: Caroline Sarkozi
Videography: Crystal Arnette/Adventure We Can // Press: Richard Kornberg
The performance schedule for JOAN is Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30pm, and Sundays at 5pm. The performance runs 100 minutes. JOAN plays at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring). Tickets start at $25 and are general admission and may be purchased at www.here.org or by phoning 212.352.3101.
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
We are thrilled to announce our 5th Annual Festival
February 1st - 9th at HERE
(come for a reading, stick around for JOAN!)
All readings are free and open to the public.
For the second year in a row, Colt Coeur will team up with WP Theater to present our 5th Annual Parity Plays Festival, a series of new play readings by female and trans playwrights and directors. Inspired by advocacy groups like #MakeItFair, The Kilroys and The Lilly Awards, Colt Coeur and WP Theater are 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.
Friday, February 1st at 4pm
by Kate Cortesi // directed by Jenna Worsham
Five former employees. One great love. Thorny, uncomfortable, funny and surprising (and... sexy?) LOVE asks what accountability looks like when an abuser of power is one of our favorite men of all time and dares us to get to the other side of accountability and hashtags together.
Saturday, February 2nd at 4pm
Ole White Sugah Daddy
by Obehi Janice // directed by Caitlin Sullivan
A young Black female coder wrestles with love, identity and the tension between striving and thriving as she tries to get her startup off the ground. How can you fully be yourself in spaces where no one can see all the sides of you?
Friday, February 8th at 4pm
by Lily Padilla // directed by Orion S. Johnstone
A diverse support group for sex and love addicts meets weekly to “heal in community.” Every Monday at group, they breathe in, breathe out, and try to love in a world that’s taught them hate – especially the kind turned inward. But is communal healing possible when each person carries different wounds, legacies and privileges?
Saturday, February 9th at 4pm
The Place Women Go
by Sylvia Khoury // directed by Maggie Burrows
Late at night in a Texas immigration detention center, three Guatemalan mothers keep watchful eyes on their sleeping children. Tomorrow, they must face the immigration judges, who will grant or deny them asylum in America. In THE PLACE WOMEN GO, these mothers quietly rehearse the stories of their trauma to make them palatable and convincing, while encountering new, daily traumas within the detention center itself.
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 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize- nominated playwright Lily Padilla, and our CoCo Residents program is in it’s second year – this year’s crop of playwrights and directors are: Will Arbery, Melissa Crespo, Justice Hehir, Natalie Margolin, and Whitney White. Click here to find out more about these artists.
2 COMMISSIONS IN THE WORKS!
We are continuing our work with commissioned playwright Antoinette Nwandu and are thrilled to announce our 3rd commission, (and 2nd partnership with the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation!). Congrats to playwright Lily Padilla!
Lily Padilla makes plays about sex, intersectional communities and what it means to heal in a violent world. They just received their M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego, where they were mentored by Naomi Iizuka, Deborah Stein, Allan Havis and Kim Rubinstein. Padilla’s work has been developed with the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Victory Gardens Theater, INTAR Theatre and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Her immersive audio installation And Then You Wait, co-created with Dylan Key, reimagined an abandoned grain silo as an apocalyptic fallout shelter in the 2017 La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival. (w)holeness was a finalist for the 2018 Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval of New Work and will be featured in the 2019 Colt Coeur Parity Plays Festival. Padilla facilitates playwriting workshops with the La Jolla Playhouse/TCG Veterans & Theatre Institute. They hold a BFA from NYU Tisch, ETW & Playwrights Horizons. She is also a director, actor and community builder who looks at rehearsal as a laboratory for how we might be together.
CoCo Residents 2018-2019: Playwrights & Directors
The Residents program provides an intimate group of playwrights & directors with the invaluable resources of space, community, and a small stipend. Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt and company members meet with the Residents on a quarterly basis.
Will Arbery is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming. Plano premiered at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks in June 2018. Evanston Salt Costs Climbing premiered at New Neighborhood/White Heron in August 2018. Wheelchair is published by 3 Hole Press. He’s currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons. He’s a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a member of Youngblood, and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. His plays have been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project, The New Group, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, and Tofte Lake Center. Dance work: Pioneer Works, MCA Chicago, Watermill Center. MFA: Northwestern. BA: Kenyon College. Willarbery.com
Melissa Crespo is a NYC based director of theater, opera, and film. Recent credits include: graveyard shift (San Francisco Playhouse); In the Blue Hour (Lil’ Explosions); Brother Toad (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition (WP Theatre); eat and you belong to us (NYU Tisch); ¡Figaro! (90210) (The Duke on 42nd Street & LA Opera); ABC Talent Showcase (Disney NYC); Destiny of Desire (Garden Theatre); Tar Baby (Edinburgh Fringe Festival & London Vault Festival); Fellowships/Residencies: Time Warner Fellow (WP Theatre); Usual Suspect (NYTW); The Director’s Project (Drama League); Van Lier Directing Fellow (Second Stage Theatre); Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow (Arena Stage). Melissa received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. http://www.melissacrespo.com
Justice Hehir graduated from Hunter College in May 2018 with an MFA in Playwriting, under the tutelage of Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. She holds a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and English from Rutgers University (2016). Her thesis play, fury, or the frat play (directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt) was awarded the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize and is currently a semi-finalist for the DVRF Playwriting Program. Her work has been seen/heard/developed at the Tribe Theater Company, the Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and Dixon Place. Her play, Night Creatures, will receive its first production in the Tribe’s 2019 season this spring (NYC).
Natalie Margolin is a playwright and actress. Her full length plays include The Power of Punctuation (New York Stage and Film Founders Award Finalist, James E. Michael Playwriting Award, Thomas Turgeon Memorial Award) which premiered Off Broadway in 2016, and Tutus. Her short plays include Welcome to the Neighborhood, Lemons, and Rugby. This past year Natalie produced the first annual She LA playwriting festival, a festival dedicated to developing and producing new work by women. Natalie assisted Theresa Rebeck on her play, What We're Up Against at the WP Theatre in NYC. She has also worked as a dramaturg for Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild) on Lucy's piece titled, Throw Me On The Burnpile And Light Me Up.
Whitney White is a director and musician based in Brooklyn. Upcoming: What to Send Up When it Goes Down by Aleshea Harris (The Movement). Recent work: This Land Was Made by Tori Sampson (Vineyard Theatre Lab), Br’er Cotton by Tearrance Chisholm (Endstation Theatre), Rita Tambien Rita by Tony Menses (Juilliard), and Othello (Trinity Rep). She has developed work at: Ars Nova, The Roundabout, New York Theatre Workshop, Joe's Pub, Juilliard, Bushwick Starr, NYU Tisch, Playwrights Realm, Page 73, Bard College, Luna Stage, Princeton University, SUNY Purchase, The Tank, The Lark, and more. Whitney is currently in residency with Ars Nova as part of their 2018 Makers Lab, where she is developing Definition an original concert-play, and The Drama League as part of their Next Wave Residency where she is developing an original adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters with music. She is an Associate Artist at The Roundabout and was a 2050 fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. MFA Brown University / Trinity Rep. More at: www.whitney-white.com.
(Top row: Melissa Crespo // Natalie Margolin // Whitney White
Bottom row: Justice Hehir // Will Arbery)
Monday, October 15th 7pm
Drinks & Nosh
Raffle & Auction at 8:30pm
We'll announce 2 World Premiere productions, as well as introduce our 2018-2019 CoCo Resident Playwrights & Directors!
Limited advance tickets available here.
RAFFLE TICKETS are ALSO available for advance purchase!
Advance Raffle tickets are a great deal at:
1 for $10, 3 for $25, 8 for $50 or 20 for $100.
[At the event we will sell all raffle tickets as follows: 2 for $20, 6 for $50 or 15 for $100.]
Click here to purchase raffle tickets - you will pick up your pre-purchased raffle tickets at the door. (If you purchased advance raffle tickets and will not be attending - you may specify how you'd like to allocate your tickets..)
Preview of select Raffle, Live & Silent Auction goodies:
Raffle (you choose where you'd like to place your tickets):
2 orchestra tickets to DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Broadway + a backstage tour
2 orchestra tickets to HAMILTON on Broadway or on tour
Gleason's Gym 3-month membership
2 tickets to Days of Rage by Steven Levenson at 2ST theater
2 orchestra tickets to DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Broadway + a backstage tour
2 orchestra tickets to HAMILTON on Broadway or on tour
2 orchestra tickets to American Ballet Theatre & backstage tour, + Misty Copeland signed pointe shoes
2 orchestra tickets to To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway + a backstage tour
2 tickets for a Theresa Rebeck double bill - Bernhardt/Hamlet on Broadway & Downstairs at Primary Stages (directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt)
2 orchestra tickets to DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Broadway + a backstage tour
2 orchestra tickets to HAMILTON on Broadway or on tour
A stay in Cambridge, MA + tickets to A.R.T.
Round of golf at Westchester Country Club
Getaway to Williamstown, MA: Private tour of the Clark Art Institute
Overnight at the Wythe Hotel
Two-night stay at the Spruceton Inn
Bag of lululemon collection athleisure wear
Sara Campbell pashmina
Composer/Lyricist ZOE SARNAK (2018 Jonathan Larson Award Recipient)
Performer Andi Alhadeff
Performer & Auctioneer Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill)
We'll be celebrating our:
10th & 11th world premieres!
on-going 2rd commission (with playwright Antoinette Nwandu)!
on-going partnership with the WP Theater - for our 5th Annual Parity Plays Festival!
2nd class of CoCo Resident playwrights & directors!
9th annual free theater intensive for Brooklyn teens!
Our favorite way to raise funds is by partying... but we also welcome your donations!
A grand hotel in Switzerland.
Guests enjoy their private, awkward, funny and not-so-funny lives while the world around them falls apart.
A play about the big and the small, messes and who cleans them up, and the impossibility of neutrality.
Scenic design by John McDermott // Costume design by Tilly Grimes
Lighting design by Grant Yeager // Sound design by Brendan Aanes
Properties by Samantha Shner // Production management by Daniel Prosky
Line Producer: Jessica Rieken // Associate Producer: Shannon Buhler
Stage Manager: Abbie Betts* // Assistant stage manager: Katie Cecil Cairns
NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP
Next Door Series
79 East 4th St. (btwn Bowery & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
*These artists are appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association. This is an Equity-Approved Showcase.
Zürich is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Click here to read about the inspiring event and here to watch an excerpt from the League of Professional Theatre Women Awards on March 16, 2018 ceremony at the Times Center.
More information about this organization can be found at theatrewomen.org.
COLT COEUR, in partnership with
NEXT DOOR at NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP,
A new play by Amelia Roper // Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Funerals are for the living. What happened and why and who did it and how, none of that matters in the moments before. This is a play about the moments before.
Zürich is a series of two-handers, each in identical hotel rooms in a grand hotel, as guests enjoy the last moments of their private, awkward, funny and not-so-funny lives. Themes of nationalism, tourism, social responsibility, isolation, class and gender roles are all explored in Zürich, as well as the tension between public vs. private and assimilation vs. diversity. In a time of global crisis, what does armed neutrality mean for a country full of banks?
This play was commissioned and developed by Colt Coeur, in partnership with the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
Performance dates: April 14-May 5, 2018
AMELIA ROPER (Playwright)
Amelia is a queer immigrant writing comedies for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, The Rose and an adaptation of Jane Bowles’ Two Serious Ladies for Yale Repertory Theatre. Her plays have been produced by the Humana Festival of New American Plays at ATL, Moscow Playwright and Director Center in Russian translation, Taffety Punk in DC, Square Product in Boulder, Prelude Festival NYC, Crowded Fire in SF, Kings Cross Theatre in Sydney and the Melbourne Arts Centre. Showcase and developments include the Old Vic in London, Soho Rep Writer / Director Lab, Black Swan Lab at OSF, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Kennedy Center in DC, Playwrights Realm in NYC, New Group NYC, Melbourne Theatre Company, RADA in London, The MacDowell Colony and Boston Court in LA. Published plays include Big Sky Town and Camberwell House by DPS, an excerpt of Lottie In The Late Afternoon appears in the new Kilroy’s book and She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange with an introduction by Sarah Ruhl will soon be published in Australia. New plays include Everything Is Nice, Aliya In Americaland and A Duck On A Bike. She has an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.
ADRIENNE CAMPBELL-HOLT (Director)
Adrienne is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. She is the Associate Director on the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen. Adrienne has recently directed Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against (WP Theater), Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck, starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), Empathitrax by Ana Nogueria (Colt Coeur @ HERE, 2016), the world premiere of Cal in Camo by William Francis Hoffman (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), a workshop production of Kings by Sarah Burgess starring Larry Pine and Quincy Tyler Bernstine (WP Theater, NYC), Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (Dorset Theater Festival). Recent world premieres: Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE, September 2015), Chiara Atik’s 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Other productions: Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), world premiere of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne is a Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow. She has developed work with La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Playwrights’ Center and EST. She is also the director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.
Zürich is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.
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.
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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
GOD SAID THIS
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
by Lucy Thurber
CAST: Jennifer Carpenter, Glenn Davis, Amanda Seyfried, Trudie Styler, Michael Warner
Monday 11/20 7:00PM
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.
Colt Coeur is thrilled to announce our 2nd commission ever, our 1stpartnership with the Women’s Project Theater (on our upcoming 4th annual Parity Plays Festival – stay tuned for more details), and the launch of our CoCo Residents program.
COMMISSIONED PLAYWRIGHT 2017-2018
Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright via Los Angeles. In June, Steppenwolf presented the World Premiere of her play PASS OVER which sparked a national conversation about bigotry and implicit bias in critical responses. Her play BREACH will receive a World Premiere at Victory Gardens in February 2018, and she is currently under commission from Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles. Antoinette’s plays have been supported by the Sundance Theater Lab, MacDowell, the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor: Katori Hall), Kennedy Center, Page73, Ars Nova, PlayPenn, Space on Ryder Farm, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theater Company. Honors include spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, and a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Antoinette is an alum of the Ars Nova Play Group, the Naked Angels Issues PlayLab, and Dramatists Guild Fellowship. Additional honors include being named a Ruby Prize finalist, PONY Fellowship finalist, Page73 Fellowship finalist, NBT’s I Am Soul Fellowship finalist, and two-time Princess Grace Award semi-finalist. Education: Harvard, The University of Edinburgh, Tisch School of the Arts.
Our 10th world premiere…
Ms. Nwandu and CoCo Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt are currently developing a new play, the company’s 10th – and their 5th play created from scratch – with a company of actors and designers. The devised theater piece will tackle thorny existential and socio-political questions: “What does it mean to be American? Who gets to determine that definition and how?” addressing the United States as a country at a crossroads. A country at odds with itself. Tensions that the play will explore include the rise of white nationalism as a backlash against the multiculturalization of America; toxic masculinity at odds with a heightened awareness of trans and queer identities; and the ubiquity of social media in the face of the loss of privacy and anonymity. For this reason there is no better time to discover afresh who we are as a nation than by revisiting moments in our storied history and exploring how they impact our lives today. We aim to uncover the parallels between historical and contemporary oppressions and how we as a nation recover ourselves from them.
Residents: Playwrights & Directors 2017-2018
The Residents program will provide 6 playwrights & directors with the invaluable resources of space, community, and a small stipend. Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt and company member playwrights MJ Kaufman, Steven Levenson, and Ana Nogueira will meet with the Residents on a quarterly basis.
Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn-based playwright and screenwriter who grew up in Washington D.C. Her full-length plays include One More Less, Great Kills, and A Patron of the Arts. Her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, South Coast Rep, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, The Lark, and Colt Coeur, and has been produced at The Underbelly in Edinburgh, Columbia University, and Premiere Stages at Kean University. Awards/honors include Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship (2014-2015), Columbia University’s Karen Brownstein Award, NYFA Fellowship (2016), Kilroy’s List Honorable Mention (2016), and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist (2017). Kate is a proud resident playwright at New Dramatists. She has taught writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Riker’s Island, and a lot of places in between.
Jeremy O. Harris is an actor and playwright currently residing in New Haven, CT by way of Los Angeles, CA. His full-length plays include, Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, “Daddy”, WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys, and Slave Play. Short plays include: I TRIED TO WRITE A POEM & THIS CAME OUT, Untitled Merchant of Venice Adaptation (collaboration with conceptual artist David Birkin), N*Words In Paris, IDK (a cute race-based pyschosis), and NORF. He is a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2016 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award Finalist, 2016 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons. Jeremy is currently in his second year at the Yale School of Drama for Playwriting.
Rehana Lew Mirza is currently a resident playwright (w/ Mike Lew) at Ma-Yi Theater as part of the Mellon National Playwright Residency. She is also a 2017 HBO Access Fellow. Additional honors include: 2016 Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop fellow at the Lark, 2016 Lilly Award (Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Play”), Rhinebeck residency with collaborators Sam Willmott and Mike Lew for Bhangin’ It, TCG Fellowship with New Georges. Productions: Soldier X (Ma-Yi; Brooklyn College; 2015 Kilroy); Lonely Leela(LaGuardia Performing Arts Center); Barriers (Desipina and Asian American Theater Company). Commissions: NNPN/InterAct for Neighborhood Watch; E.S.T./Sloan for Particles of Pakistan; La Jolla Playhouse for The Colonialism Trilogy (w/ Mike Lew); NYSCA/Lark for Soldier X; Kennedy Center commission (w/ Mike Lew.) MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch. www.rehanamirza.com
Danya Taymor is a director and translator. Recent work: Nwandu’s Pass Over (Steppenwolf), Tuvalu (Sundance) and Flat Sam (PlayPenn), Yungerberg’s Esai’s Table (Cherry Lane), Kuritzkes’ The Sensuality Party (New Group), Watkins’ Wyoming (Lesser America) and My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea), Soon-He Stanton’s Cygnus (Women’s Project), Gancher’s The Place We Built (The Flea), and Legom’s I Hate Fucking Mexicans (The Flea), which she also translated. She was a Time Warner Directing Fellow at WP, a 2050 fellow at NYTW, and is a current Artist in Residence at TFANA, a member of EST, and an Associate Artist at The Flea. Recipient of: Van Lier Directing Fellowship; Gates Foundation Grant, Rough Draft Residency (Drama League) and is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Upcoming: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody (Juilliard) and Martyna Majok’s Queens (LCT3).
Pirronne Yousefzadeh is a Brooklyn based director, writer, and educator. Recent projects include Utopia, Minnesota by Meg Miroshnik (2016 Sagal Fellowship, Williamstown Theatre Festival), That High Lonesome Sound (Actors Theatre of Louisville; 2015 Humana Festival) and We Are Proud To Present A Presentation… by Jackie Sibblies Drury (InterAct Theatre Company), And If You Lose Your Way, or A Food Odyssey (Invisible Dog). Her productions of The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman (InterAct Theater Company) and In The Blood (Theatre Horizon) together received a total of fifteen Barrymore Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Overall Production. She has directed/developed work at The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theater Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Rising Circle Theater Collective, Woodshed Collective (The Tenant: Best of 2011, L Magazine), Partial Comfort, Noor Theatre, Rising Phoenix Rep, HERE Arts Center, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Wild Project, Dixon Place, Living Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, Juilliard, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Two River, Milwaukee Rep, On The Boards, Perseverance Theatre, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and Hangar Theatre, where she was a 2006 Drama League Directing Fellow. M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University, (Shubert Presidential Fellow). Current and upcoming: Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill (Columbia), Veil’d by Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Astoria Performing Arts Center), The Invisible Hand (Cleveland Playhouse). Member, SDC. www.pirronne.com
Catherine Yu‘s plays include Le Jeté, Stargaze, The Sun Experiment (FringeNYC 2014 Award for Excellence in Playwriting; Time Out New York’s Top Ten Music and Nightlife Events of The Week, published by IndieTheaterNow), and The Day Is Long To End. Her short plays have been commissioned by the 52nd Street Project, UglyRhino, and Culture Project. Her short play “A Sand Romance” was a 2016 Heidman finalist. Her poem “To the Movement” was featured in a recent Planned Parenthood fundraiser. She has been a NYTW Emerging Artist of Color and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab writer, a 2016 NYSCA/NYFA Playwright Fellow, and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. She is currently working on a play set in Mexico City and a libretto for a Chinese opera. BA: Stanford University. MFA: NYU.