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Imagine if Downton Abbey was set today, in Brooklyn. An eccentric & hilarious comedy about what happens when what's mine becomes ours.
160 backers pledged $20,733 to help bring this project to life.

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Colt Coeur is a NY-based theatre company that makes plays from scratch and produces world-premiere productions. Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith, is our 4th World Premiere since our founding in 2010. Other 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; and Recall, by Eliza Clark. 

A smart, supremely funny contemporary comedy of manners, Everything is Ours explores a Post Gen-X state of alienation in the face of success. Thanks to their billion dollar internet idea, Sara and Mitchell have it all – disposable wealth, interns, each other. But when Elsie, a newly orphaned 10 year old conceived from an egg Sara donated in college, lands on their doorstep-- everything is turned upside down as they figure out once and for all what is theirs and what is not. ​

We hope to mount the show on the MainStage at HERE Arts Center from August 30th-September 28th, 2013. But we need your help!!

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

Theater rental
- $17,000
Costume budget - $1000 (for 8 people! And three of them need scuba gear!)
Props budget - $600 (this play has a crazy amount of props, i.e. "shipwrecks in a bottle")
Printing & copying - $300 (new plays mean new pages)
Volunteer accident insurance - $175 (just in case!)

We are dedicated to paying everybody involved -- at least $750.
(8 actors, 5 designers, 1 playwright, 2 stage managers, director... you get the picture!)
 And we believe in very affordable ticket prices-- all tickets are $18!

BIOS:

Nikole Beckwith’s plays have been read and performed with Ensemble Studio Theater, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Barrow Street Theater, 3LD, The Flea, Lesser America and the Old Vic in London. She is an alum of EST's Youngblood, a former associate artist of Atlantic Center for the Arts and a 2010/2011 member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. Everything is Ours was a finalist for the 2011 National Playwrights Conference and was part of Chautauqua Theater Company's New Play Workshop 2012 Signature Staged Reading Series, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. Her newest play Stockholm, Pennsylvania recently finished a SuperLab with Playwrights Horizons & Clubbed Thumb directed by Jo Bonney, and her screenplay adaptation of the script garnered her a 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, awarded by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and made the 2012 Black List of best (as of yet) unproduced screenplays. She started off 2013 as the first non-UK playwright to be given a writing attachment at The National Theatre Studio in London, where she is developing new work. The Royal Court will produce that commission in July 2013.


Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Upcoming: Greg Moss’ Reunion (South Coast Rep), Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene (Dorset Theatre Festival). Recent directing/choreography credits include: Everything is Ours (Chautauqua), RECALL (Colt Coeur/Wild Project), Young Jean Lee's Church (Harbor Stage), Will Eno’s The Flu Season (ACT), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur/HERE), Mormons… (Barrington Stage), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), Dead Man's Cell Phone (NYU), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Colt Coeur, Emerging America Festival & HERE), Heart Torture Station (New Georges), Missed Connections (Ars Nova), One Child Born (Joe’s Pub), The Long Tail (Abrons Arts Center), and Three Days of Rain (Fort Worth, Texas). Recent recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Fellowship and the EST/Sloan grant, Adrienne is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.

When we asked people what they think this play is about... here's what they said:

“It’s about relationships.”

 “It’s about coming-of-age—when you’re a grown-up, and when you’re a kid.”
“It’s about the space between what’s mine and what’s yours, and how that changes when you really let someone into your life.”
“It’s about juggling the personal and the professional, and couplehood versus parenthood.”
 “It’s about the biggest giving up of control, of accepting something bigger than yourself.”
“It’s sort of analogous to that Not in My BackYard idea, NIMBY, where like, in theory, sure you care about like, a halfway house for at-risk youth, and you want to support it, in theory, but you just don’t really want to have to actually deal with it, like, in your own backyard... In your deepest self you know that these things are important, like being a vegetarian or not buying bottles of water, but we are so good at detaching, and just sort of being selfish, of saying, I just want that steak, or I’m just really thirsty right now and I need that bottle of water, and someone else will deal with the consequences of my actions, down the road.”
“It’s really relevant.”
“It’s really really really extremely funny, but also really surprising.”
 “It has sort of a Wes Anderson Royal Tenenbaums quirkiness, but is deeply heartfelt and truthful at its core.”
“Its sort of an upstairs-downstairs comedy of manners, like, imagine if Downton Abbey was set today, in Brooklyn.”

a few of our REWARDS!  

"Ours to Have and to Hold" (sample) - we will custom engrave this!
"Ours to Have and to Hold" (sample) - we will custom engrave this!
"X Marks Our Spot" (sample)
"X Marks Our Spot" (sample)
"Everything is Ours is Yours" (sample #1)
"Everything is Ours is Yours" (sample #1)
"Everything is Ours is Yours" (sample #2) - we will customize with a phrase of your choice!
"Everything is Ours is Yours" (sample #2) - we will customize with a phrase of your choice!
"The Funny Pages Are Yours" (sample #1) - Nikole's comics appear regularly on The Huffington post, and have been featured on WNYC, NPR, The Hairpin and various other outposts on The Internet.
"The Funny Pages Are Yours" (sample #1) - Nikole's comics appear regularly on The Huffington post, and have been featured on WNYC, NPR, The Hairpin and various other outposts on The Internet.
"The Funny Pages Are Yours" (sample #2)
"The Funny Pages Are Yours" (sample #2)

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!

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    "Yours & Mine" - "Our Best Wishes" postcard plus a generous supply of handmade "Yours" and "Mine" stickers - great for labeling things that need the distinction: phone chargers, remotes, toothbrushes!

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    "Everything is Ours at HERE" - 2 tickets (reserved seats) to our upcoming production at HERE Arts Center in SoHo. Production runs August 30 - September 27, 2013.

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    "This City is Ours" - All of the above, plus, a Colt Coeur tote bag AND we will write/carve/paint your initials (or yours and your sweetie's) in a unique way somewhere in the city, take a picture of it and send it to you to frame!

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    "Ours to Have and to Hold" - All of the above, plus, we will hand engrave your initials on a metal pendant (makes a great necklace or bracelet, keychain or fob) that you can always have near you. Or get two and we'll string them together so you can have someone special's name next to yours!

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    "X Marks Our Spot" - All of the above, plus, your initials or Yours+Someone else's cross-stitched by hand on a material of your choice - a pillowcase, a hanky, a towel, a wall-hanging. Each one is unique and made especially for you.

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    "Everything is Ours is Yours" - All of the above, plus, "Everything is Ours" cross-stitched by hand on a pillowcase, towel, hanky, or material of your choice + playwright Nikole Beckwith will make you an original comic

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    "The Funny Pages are Yours" - All of the above, plus, Nikole Beckwith will make you an original comic, customized to tell your story! (She will conduct a brief interview via phone, text or email and create a custom comic strip based on your life; be it your relationship, an incident, a fear, a hope.) Lets just see what happens. You will get an original, hand drawn, color comic signed sealed and delivered. It's yours.

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    "Make Ours Sweet" - All of the above, plus, 2 reserved VIP seats for "Everything is Ours" ... and a sampler of Jacques Torres chocolates to enjoy at the show!

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    "It's Our Treat" - All of the above, plus, 2 Reserved VIP seats for "Everything is Ours" ... and a fully loaded picnic basket for a delicious meal pre or post show OR join us on Opening Night!

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    "You & Yours & Ours" - All of the above, plus, Colt Coeur will make a play from scratch about YOU and invite you and a ten of your friends to our studio for a reading of that play! With our famous punch and cookies!

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    "Everything is Everything" - All of the above plus, you will be part of our producing team: you & a guest will be invited to the first read-through, to our dress rehearsal and to join us as one of Sara and Mitchell's 'interns' for an afternoon!

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