Dry Land is a haunting new play - a hilarious, savage, and deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes, and friendships of teenage girls. It is as gut-wrenching as it is funny, and while the play's characters may be young, the challenges facing them are ageless.
Amy has a secret and needs help. Ester deeply idolizes Amy and will do anything for her admiration. The two girls are on the swim team together at their high school in Florida, and they have arranged to meet in the locker room before practice. There, we watch them form a complex and intimate relationship, one built on vulnerability and challenged by the fear of being vulnerable. Alone in their two secrets, and both deeply lonely, they struggle with each other, with themselves, and with what it means to be and to become young women.
As the play digs slowly deeper, it neither flinches nor judges. Amy and Ester can be cruel and destructive, but they are also sweet and funny, essentially flawed and essentially human. Dry Land is not shy in its presentation of difficult questions, and its ultimate hopefulness contains no easy answers. This is a play about the importance of female friendship and community but it is also, at its core, a play about loyalty and love.
Ruby & Adrienne are workshopping the play this summer at the prestigious New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Festival as well as at Ojai Playwright's Conference in California. Then... we plan to mount the show on the MainStage at HERE Arts Center in SoHo from September 5th-September 27th, 2014. But we need your help!!
Why are we asking for so much money, you ask? Well... here are just a few of our expenses:
We are dedicated to paying every artist involved at least $750: actors, designers, playwright, stage managers, director, crew...
Theater Rental: $18,000 for HERE’s beautiful Mainstage in SoHo
Scenic, Lighting and Costume budgets: $1000 each, to bring the world of Dry Land to life
Printing & copying: $300, because new plays mean new pages
Liability insurance: $1000, just in case!
And we believe in very affordable ticket prices -- all tickets are $18 or less.
Dry Land CREATIVE TEAM
Scenic design // John McDermott
Lighting design // Grant Yeager
Costume design // Ashley Rose Horton
Sound design // Amy Altadonna
Properties // Shannon O’Brien
Technical director / Production management // Joshua Shain
Production Stage Manager // Sarah Devon Ford
Casting // Anne Davison
Press agent // Richard Kornberg
Producer // Michaela Buccola
Associate Producer // Stephanie Wessels
Colt Coeur is a NY-based theatre company that makes plays from scratch and produces world-premiere productions. Dry Land, by Ruby Rae Spiegel, is our 5th World Premiere since our founding in 2010 and we couldn't be more thrilled to tackle such a bold and ambitious play, by such a fresh young writer. Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt has been stalking Ruby for years and as Jason Zinoman wrote in the New York Times following Ruby's professional playwriting debut (as a teenager) in 2011, "the news here is Ms. Spiegel."
Other Colt Coeur productions have included, Seven Minutes in Heaven, which we created as a company in collaboration with Steven Levenson; Fish Eye, which we created with Lucas Kavner; Recall, by Eliza Clark; and Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith. All four 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.
Ruby Rae Spiegel (playwright) grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 2011 her play Carrie & Francine was selected for the Off-Broadway Summer Shorts 5 Festival alongside plays by Christopher Durang and Neil LaBute. Her most recent play, Dry Land, will be produced by Colt Coeur in September, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and developed this summer at New York Stage and Film at Vassar, and Ojai Playwrights Conference. Ruby is a graduate of St. Ann's and is currently an undergraduate at Yale.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt (director) is the Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Upcoming: Dry Land (New York Stage & Film/Ojai Playwright’s Conference, Colt Coeur world premiere production). Recent: Red, (starring Tim Daly, Dorset Theatre Festival, VT), World Premiere of Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), World Premiere of Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), The Scene (Dorset Theatre Festival), Recall (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Flu Season (American Conservatory Theater, SF), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Mormons, Mothers and Monsters (Barrington Stage), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE), Missed Connections (Ars Nova), One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro (Joe’s Pub), The Long Tail (Abrons Art Center/Gavin Brown Enterprise). Adrienne has directed workshops/readings for the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, The Civilians, LAByrinth, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, the Orchard Project, Hartford Stage, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theater & Clubbed Thumb. She is a recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Fellowship, the EST/Sloan grant, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.
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 project 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 three productions. We know this is an ambitious undertaking but we are energized by the challenges, and excited to share this brilliant play with YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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