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.