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Colt Coeur presents the world premiere of 

About Empathitrax: 

How far are you willing to go to salvage your relationship? Do boundaries in relationships enhance or hinder closeness? What would it be like to live simultaneously in your own emotional interior as well as someone else’s?
Once you know the true, inner feelings of another, can you still find love? 

Empathitrax is a searing, darkly funny and heart-filled story of a young couple who turns to a new breakthrough in pharmacology to save their fractured relationship. When “Empathitrax” hits the market promising instant emotional intimacy by divining what others feel, one couple takes the leap to eliminate all boundaries between them. Like any new drug, there are unforeseen side effects that, in this instance, have poignant and shattering consequences. 

The cast for Empathitrax is: Justine Lupe (“Younger”, “Cristela”), Genesis Oliver (How to Live on Earth, Colt Coeur) and Jimmi Simpson (The Farnsworth Invention, Broadway, “House of Cards”). 

Scenic design: Reid Thompson // costume design: Sarah Laux
lighting design: Grant Yeager // sound design: Matt Otto
properties: Shannon O’Brien // production management: Michael Leahy technical direction: Sean Gorski // casting: Anne Davison
press agent: Kornberg & Associates

Colt Coeur is producing, with Jessica Rieken as line-producer, and Nick Walsh as Associate Producer. Seth Kieser is Production Stage Manager and Emily Fischer is Assistant Stage Manager.

Performance schedule:Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8:30pm,Sundays & Mondays @ 7pm | Special performance Wednesday, September 28th @ 8:30pm | No performance Monday, September 19th.
Must close Saturday, October 1st.

Special benefit performance with pre-show reception & post-show after-party -- Saturday, October 1st. All tickets $50 - available 9/1. 

Empathitrax plays at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring). Tickets are $18 general admission and may be purchased at HERE or by phoning 212.352.3101. For more information, visit www.coltcoeur.org.


About Colt Coeur:
Empathitrax is our 8th world premiere production since our founding in 2010. Past productions include Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith, How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman, and Cal in Camo by William Francis Hoffman (co-pro with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater).      


Why are we asking for so much money?

 Well... here are just a few of our expenses:

  • Theater Rental: $20k for HERE’s beautiful Mainstage in SoHo 
  • Scenic, Lighting and Costume budgets: $1000+ each, to bring the world of these gorgeous plays to life 
  • Printing & copying: $500+, 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.

More about the artists:

Ana Nogueira is a playwright and actress living in Brooklyn. She is an alumni of the Obie Award winning writers' group Youngblood at EST, and in 2015 Empathitrax received a workshop production there as part of their Unfiltered Series. Her plays have been developed at Ensemble Studio Theater, The Hangar, Barrington Stage, and Second Stage. Acting credits include In The Heights (First National Tour), Mala Hierba (Second Stage Uptown), Knives and Other Sharp Objects (The Public/LAByrinth), I'm Pretty F*cked Up (Clubbed Thumb) as well as various television series including “The Michael J. Fox Show” “Blue Bloods” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
   
Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. Upcoming: Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway, Assoc. Director). Recent world premieres: Cal in Camo (Colt Coeur/Rattlestick), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Kings by Sarah Burgess (workshop production, WP Theater), The Surgeon and her Daughters by Christopher G. Nuñez (Cherry Lane), The Nest by Theresa Rebeck (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE, September 2015), 52nd to Bowery... by Chiara Atik (EST Marathon), REUNION by Greg Moss (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: Dear Elizabeth and Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival, VT), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), world premiere of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne is a Time Warner/Women’s Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow. She has developed work with the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and EST. Director of #makeitfair. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.

Colt Coeur, an artists' ensemble, collaboratively creates theater from the ground up. Founded in 2010, Colt Coeur has created and produced seven world-premieres: Seven Minutes in Heaven, together as a company with playwright Steven Levenson; Fish Eye, with playwright Lucas Kavner; Recall, by Eliza Clark; Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith, Dry Land, by Ruby Rae Spiegel, How to Live on Earth, by MJ Kaufman, and Cal in Camo, by William Francis Hoffman (co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). All seven 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.
 

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 production 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 7 productions. We know this is an ambitious undertaking but we are energized by the challenges, and excited to share this brilliant new play with YOU!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE

    You are our hero! You are supporting the world premiere of an important play that will go on to a long life at theaters around the world. We will give you all of the awards listed above - plus our deepest gratitude. Your gift is covering more than 10% of the entire budget for this production!

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