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world premiere of ZÜRICH / FREE theater intensive for brooklyn teens / residency group: 6 playwrights & directors / new play commission
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We are incredibly excited to be embarking on a groundbreaking 8th season:

+ World Premiere of Zürich by Amelia Roper, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

+ 8th Annual FREE Theater Intensive for Brooklyn teens 

Curtain call on our 2017 Program
Curtain call on our 2017 Program

+ BRAND NEW CoCo Residents group with 6 incredible playwrights & directors

(Clockwise: Rehana Lew Mirza, Jeremy O. Harris, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Kate Cortesi, Catherine Yu, & Danya Taymor)
(Clockwise: Rehana Lew Mirza, Jeremy O. Harris, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Kate Cortesi, Catherine Yu, & Danya Taymor)

+ Commission of Playwright Antoinette Nwandu

Playwright Antoinette Nwandu
Playwright Antoinette Nwandu

+ 5th Annual Parity Plays Fest celebrating the work of female and TGNC playwrights & directors

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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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 14-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 7 years, Colt Coeur has produced 8 world premieres; developed 34 plays; and provided free arts education for over 100 students. All 8 of Colt Coeur’s world premieres explored themes of resonance to our times while ranging in subject matter from teen pregnancy, to postpartum depression and the struggle to make ends meet for a working-class family, to the underlying appetite for new frontiers that is manifest in applicants looking to travel on a one-way mission to Mars. 

READ ON for more information about what we're up to!

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Zürich (world premiere)
by Amelia Roper
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

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.

April 14 - May 4 at NYTW Next Door Series, 79 East 4th St, NYC

Cast
Cast

                sets by John McDermott // lighting by Grant Yeager
                costumes by Tilly Grimes // sound by Brendan Aanes  
properties by Samantha Shofner // production management by Daniel Prosky

Production Stage Manager: Abbie Betts* // Assistant stage manager: Katie Cecil Kairns
Line Producer: Jessica Rieken // Associate Producer: Shannon Buhler 
Press agent: Richard Kornberg

"Do you think the world would be better or worse right now if everyone who has ever thought about doing something, actually did it? Like do you think all the good things people think about doing but don’t do, would outweigh all the bad things people think about doing but don’t do?"

Genesis of the project: Amelia and Adrienne met in the spring of 2011 while Amelia was a student at Yale School of Drama. They immediately hit if off and Adrienne fell in love with Amelia's plays Lottie in the Late Afternoon and She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange. Amelia was part of Colt Coeur's Play Hotel reading series in 2014 and was commissioned by the company in the fall of 2014, through the Virginia B. Toulmin Commission program. Amelia, Adrienne and the company of artists have been developing Zürich over the past 3 1/2 years. 

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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: ~$13,000 for NYTW's beautiful Fourth Street Theater
Scenic, Lighting and Costume budgets
: $1000 each, to bring the world of these gorgeous plays to life
Actors
: $1000 each, and Zürich is a cast of 10!
Printing & copying
: $900+, because new plays mean new pages
Liability insurance
: $1000, just in case!
Theater intensive for Brooklyn teens
: $5500 pays for our teaching artists, snacks & supplies for the students, and the venue for the final show!
Parity Plays Fest
: $2500, we pay all the artists involved + provide free tickets to all readings!
CoCo Residents group
: $3000 to  the artists; + snacks, ink cartridges + paper keep our residents happy!

We are dedicated to paying every artist involved - and we make best efforts to raise our pay every year, on every production. 

We believe in very affordable ticket prices -- tickets prices range from FREE to $30! 

*These artists are members of Actor's Equity. This is an Equity-Approved Showcase. 

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 8 productions. We know this is an ambitious undertaking but we are energized by the challenges, and excited to share this brilliant work with YOU!

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    All of the above plus, you will be part of our producing team: you & a guest will be invited to our Zürich read-through and design presentations (March 25th), to our dress rehearsal (April 13th), and to join us for the Benefit performance and party (May 4th). Please also join director Adrienne Campbell-Holt and playwright Amelia Roper for dinner this April.

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