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2 world premieres:
HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH by MJ Kaufman
 / CAL IN CAMO by William Francis Hoffman
+ workshops of 7 more plays!
2 world premieres: HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH by MJ Kaufman / CAL IN CAMO by William Francis Hoffman + workshops of 7 more plays!
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"Colt Coeur is one of the things that makes American theatre vital."
- Tim Daly

We are incredibly excited to be embarking on a groundbreaking 6th season, our most ambitious to date:

2 World Premiere Productions! (Twice as many as we've ever done before in one year!) For the first time ever we will produce a two-show season, featuring two world premiere productions: HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH by MJ Kaufman (September 13 - October 3 at HERE), followed next Spring by a co-production with the prestigious Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (CoCo's first!) of CAL IN CAMO, by William Francis Hoffman, April 23 - June 4, 2016 at Rattlestick).  Both productions will be directed by CoCo Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt. (More information about both shows can be found below.)

+ 7 Workshops of New Plays, including CoCo's 2nd Annual #ParityPlaysFest!
This September, CoCo's 2nd Annual #ParityPlaysFest will celebrate 3 new works written and directed by female and trans artists. In addition to our ongoing Play Hotel series, which offers developmental workshops and free public presentations of new plays throughout the year, CoCo will also continue to develop our 1st ever commission with playwright Amelia Roper, a new play that we hope to premiere in 2016!

+ 6th Annual FREE Playmaking workshop for Brooklyn teens!
Each Spring CoCo offers a 6-day Playmaking intensive to public school students ages 11-15 during their spring break, entirely free of charge, culminating in a public performance of their (totally surprising and inspiring) original work.

"Our budget may be small, but our heart and our vision come from a very special place."

By making a gift to Colt Coeur you are supporting new work, new voices, creative collaboration, affordable theatre, arts education, and the next step in the growth of a vibrant young company. Thank you for helping us make history this coming season.

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How to Live on Earth (world premiere)
by MJ Kaufman
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

September 13 - October 3 at HERE in SoHo.

Cast: Molly Carden*, Adam Harrington*, Lynne Lipton*, Genesis Oliver*, Charles Socarides* and Amelia Workman*

sets by Amy Rubin
lighting by Grant Yeager
costumes by Ashley Rose Horton
sound by MuTTT L Dogg
video/projections by Lianne Arnold
properties by Shannon O’Brien
production management by Joshua Shain
technical direction by Paul Passaro

Production Stage Manager: Sarah Devon Ford* 
Line Producer: Jessica Rieken
Associate Producer / Assistant Director: Ellie Sachs
Press agent: Richard Kornberg

How to Live on Earth is a play about space, bonds, creature comforts, and the vast expanses within us.

Four individuals will be chosen for the mission of a lifetime. The only catch: they can’t come back. As applicants compete, they wrestle with what this means for their families, partners, and finally, themselves. What does it mean to leave Earth forever and what happens if you don't get to go after you've already said goodbye?

How to Live on Earth is a haunting new play about our unrelenting obsession with the next frontier and the desire to give your life for something greater than yourself. Inspired in part by the Mars One project to colonize Mars by 2025, this piece is a funny, wry, and deeply truthful portrait of the fears and hopes that drive us towards exploration and expansion.

Genesis of the project: In the fall of 2014 MJ Kaufman approached director Adrienne Campbell-Holt with an interest in developing a theatrical piece inspired by the Mars One project. They applied for an Audrey Residency with New Georges and were selected. MJ and Adrienne did some research and assembled a team of 5 actors for a November 2014 workshop where characters and scenarios were generated using improvisational games, prompts, actual Mars One applicants’ videos, and questions from the application for the ABC reality series "The Bachelor".

MJ and Adrienne wondered: Is this venture the 21st Century equivalent of Ferdinand Magellan’s 16th Century circumnavigation of the Earth? Are there parallels to be drawn with Lewis and Clark’s early 1800s expedition to the American West? What makes people want to sacrifice everything they have to live in a place where they have nothing and no one? And what does it feel like to be one of the ones left behind? When you feel you belong in a far-away world, how do you stay present on earth?

How to Live on Earth was developed with the support of New Georges’ Audrey Residency. This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

A co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater:

Cal in Camo (world premiere)
by William Francis Hoffman
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

A Baby. A Deer. A Rifle...a sinkhole.
Cal's worst fear about motherhood has come true and in a desperate attempt to understand her present she summons her only connection to a long lost past.

This deeply moving and darkly funny play probes the nature of family bonds and questions whether the wounds of our past irrevocably impact our capacity for human connection.

And about us!

Colt Coeur is a Brooklyn-based theatre company that makes plays from scratch and produces world-premiere productions. Since our founding in 2010 Colt Coeur has produced Seven Minutes in Heaven, by Steven Levenson; Fish Eye, by Lucas Kavner; Recall, by Eliza Clark; Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith, and Dry Land, by Ruby Rae Spiegel. All five of Colt Coeur’s productions have been New York Times and/or Time Out New York critic’s picks, and played to sold-out houses. 3 out of 5 of these were the playwrights’ 1st NY production and 2 out of the 5 were created from scratch with the playwright, director, and our company of incredible actors and designers.

Adrienne Campbell-Holt 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), 52nd to Bowery by Chiara Atik (Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon), 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 by Eliza Clark (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.

MJ Kaufman is a playwright whose work explores themes of gender, sexuality, identity, cultural versus blood ancestry, and insider/outsider dynamics. While their past work has often explored questions of history, landscapes, and loss, this play examines explorer narratives and the drive for expansion in the future. Their work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Yale School of Drama, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Aurora Theater, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project and performed in Russian in Moscow. They have received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., and the Huntington Theatre, where they are also a playwriting fellow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ is currently a member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, The Falcons, an Audrey Resident at New Georges and a Resident Artist at The Drama League. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ is a trans-identified playwright who prefers pronouns they or he.

William Francis Hoffman was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. He was a one time member of the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago Illinois and is a current member of the Actor’s Gym in Los Angeles California.

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Why are we asking for so much money, you ask? Well... here are just a few of our expenses:

Theater Rental: $18,600 for HERE’s beautiful Mainstage in SoHo (where we'll produce How to Live on Earth)
Scenic, Lighting and Costume budgets: $1000 each, to bring the world of these gorgeous plays to life
Printing & copying: $300+, because new plays mean new pages
Liability insurance: $1000, just in case!

We are dedicated to paying every artist involved at least $850: actors, designers, playwright, stage managers, director, crew...

And we believe in very affordable ticket prices -- all tickets are $18 or less.**

* Member of Actor's Equity Association.
** Since Cal in Camo is a co-production with Rattlestick, ticket prices may vary.

Risks and challenges

We know how hard it is to produce new plays-- because we've done it before. We are supremely confident in the merits of this season though, and we are putting together an incredible team of collaborators-- actors, designers, and crew -- many of whom we've worked with on our past five productions. We know this is an ambitious undertaking but we are energized by the challenges, and excited to share this brilliant season of 9 new plays with YOU!

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    All of the above plus, you will be part of our producing team for BOTH of our productions this year: you & a guest will be invited to our How To Live On Earth read-through and design presentations (August 19th), to our dress rehearsal (September 12th), and to join us for the Opening Night performance and party (September 16th) as well as these events for our co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater of CAL IN CAMO in the Spring of 2016.

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