COLT COEUR TO READ JUSTIN KURITZKE’S
MONDAY, JANUARY 14TH AT 7PM
Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel reading series will present a site-specific staged reading of Justin Kuritzke’s Sensuality Party on Monday, January 14th at 7pm at a private residence in Tribeca. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Recall, Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven), the cast includes Lily Garrison (A Thought In Three Parts), Louisa Krause (The Flick), Drigan Lee (Six Degrees of Separation), Gayle Rankin (TRIBES), Cameron Scoggins (The Big Meal), and Matt Stadelmann (Seven Minutes in Heaven).
The Sensuality Party explores the ramifications of an orgy between a small group of friends on a college campus. A night that begins somewhere between a dare and a lark moves quickly from indulgence to danger to irreversible consequence. With a nod to the events of September 11th and the Occupy Movement, The Sensuality Party takes a blunt look at our culture’s obsession with pleasure, pain and the blurry spaces in between.
Colt Coeur (Recall, Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven) is a NY-based ensemble of actors, designers, playwrights and directors dedicated to making original, story-driven, aggressively visceral theater. Play Hotel is Colt Coeur’s ongoing reading series, and their principal arena for developing new work. They are currently developing projects with Eliza Clark, Matt Friedberger, Max Posner, Steven Levenson, and Caleb Scott. Previous Play Hotel readings have included: Adam Bock’s Marcy Comes Homes, Jesse Weaver’s We Shall Catch Larks and Alena Smith’s Plucker.
Justin Kuritzkes’ plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, and Providence. He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, and a finalist for Ars Nova’s 2013 Play Group. Justin’s work has been featured in festivals and contests across the country, including: The New York International Fringe Festival (As the Boat Approaches), the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Contest (An Autobiography About My Brother), the Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition (Autobiography), the California Young Playwrights Contest (Hawaii), and the Blank Theater Company Young Playwrights Festival (Death and Taxes). He is a member of The Collectin, a Los Angeles/New York based company of writers, directors, and actors with whom he has directed his plays The Sensuality Party and As the Boat Approaches. His play Growth was a semi-finalist for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 2011. A collection of his short plays, Trivia About Unimportant People and Other Plays, was presented at the 45th Street Theater and An Autobiography About My Brother was recently published in the University of New Orleans’ Bayou Magazine. A graduate of Brown University, Justin earned his B.A. in both Philosophy and Literary Arts and studied playwriting with Gregory Moss, Lisa D’Amour, and Erik Ehn. In addition to writing and directing plays, he also acts and performs improv. Justin was born in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Recent directing/choreography credits include: Everything is Ours (Chautauqua ), RECALL (Colt Coeur/Wild Project), 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 (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.
COLT COEUR TO READ JESSE WEAVER’S
WE SHALL CATCH LARKS
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH AT 7PM
Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel reading series will present a staged reading of Jesse Weaver’s We Shall Catch Larks on Monday, November 12th at 7pm at the CoCo Studio in NYC. Directed by Stella Powell-Jones, the cast features Geraldine Hughes (Cyrano, Translations, Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa), Matt Stadelmann (American Sligo, Seven Minutes in Heaven), and Joe Tippett (Fish Eye).
Play Hotel is Colt Coeur’s ongoing reading series, and our principal arena for developing new work. We are currently developing projects with Nikole Beckwith, Eliza Clark, Matt Friedberger, Steven Levenson, and Caleb Scott. Previous Play Hotel readings have included: Adam Bock’s Marcy Comes Homes, Max Posner’s The Thing About Air Travel, and Alena Smith’s Plucker.
Jesse Weaver’s plays have been performed in Chicago, Dublin & London. Chicago writing credits include Third Appointment, Rosenthal Trio and RUN HOME TEDDY (all Collaboration ‘Sketch Fest), 46A and Do With You (Estrogen Fest, 2007); Selective Service and the Art of Acorn Chance (Breadline Theatre Company, 2004); Sweet Pretty Love Jam, Up, Pardonable, The Artist Needs a Wife, The Float (all the side project theatre company).Dublin writing credits include: Bypass (Painted Filly Theatre Co., 2012), Rainout (Fishamble Theatre Co., ‘Tiny Plays for Ireland, 2012), Do With You,Bill and Fran, Hydrophobia, and Up (all Painted Filly Theatre Co.) Painted Filly also produced his full-length play Biography of Bernie Ward in August 2007. UK writing credits: Mumah, (HighTide Theatre Festival, 2009) and Famine Diary (Reading, HighTide, 2010). His play Deathwatch Beetle was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Theatre’s National Playwright Conference in 2011, and his play We Shall Catch Larks was recently named a finalist in the Yale University Press 2012 Drama Competition.
Stella Powell-Jones is a freelance director based in New York. Her work has been seen at Red Bull Theatre Co., The Flea, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Center Stage, IRT & NYU/TISCH. Credits include The True Drug Stories of Jim Simpson, The Naked Side of Grace: the Final Concert of Grace Fullest & Violet Tendencies, Bill and Lenny, Bulfinch Mythology, Third Wave Fems, The Gnadiges Fraulein. Most recently she directed a workshop of We Shall Catch Larks for Painted Filly Theatre Co., in Dublin, Ireland. She is a creative consultant for New York City Opera. Upcoming: a workshop of Stephanie DiMaggio & Anton Dudley’s The Orchard for Playwrights Realm.
The reading is free however seating is limited. RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com by Friday, November 9thst.
The CoCo Studio is located at 20 Jay Street, Suite M05, DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201. For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org.
COLT COEUR TO READ STEVEN LEVENSON’S
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH AT 7PM
Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel reading series will present a staged reading of Steven Levenson’s Immortality/Technology Project on Monday, September 24th at 7pm at the CoCo Studio in NYC. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Recall, Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven), the cast features Jocelyn Bioh (“Louie”), Katya Campbell (Recall), Ato Essandoh (Fish Eye, “Copper”), Erin Felgar (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Kate Cullen Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Caleb Scott (Recall), Matt Stadelmann (American Sligo, Seven Minutes in Heaven), and Joe Tippett (Fish Eye).
Steven Levenson’s plays include The Language of Trees (Roundabout Underground), Seven Minutes in Heaven (HERE Arts Center; Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theater Company), Retreat (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Almost Stuck, and Girls Day. His play The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin will have its world premiere at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre in 2013. His work has been seen and developed by Roundabout, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, Hartford Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University and the 2010 Artist in Residence at Ars Nova, Steven has received new play commissions from Roundabout, Lincoln Center, MCC, and Ars Nova. He is a member of the MCC Playwrights’ Coalition, an alumnus of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and a founding member of Colt Coeur. Steven is currently writing for the new CBS series Vegas. Other current projects include the book for an original musical with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Recent directing/choreography credits include: Everything is Ours (Chautauqua ), RECALL (Colt Coeur/Wild Project), 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 (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, is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.
The reading is free however seating is limited. RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com by Friday, September 21st.
The CoCo Studio is located at 20 Jay Street, Suite M05, DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201. For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org.
Colt Coeur presents
A panel discussion & talk-back on
following the Monday, July 2nd performance of
Performance at 7pm, Panel & Talk-back will commence at 8:30pm
Is there such a thing as a bad seed?
The panel will discuss psychological profiling, bullying, and “bad seeds,” as well as current treatment protocols for “callous-unemotional” children/teenagers. The creative team will also discuss sources of reference for the play including the West Memphis 3 case and Paradise Lost HBO documentary, as well as the Columbine school shooting. Panelists include members of the cast & creative team, as well as:
Dr. Richard Bock is a Clinical Psychologist who works with children and families in Manhattan. His approach to problems of Anti-Social behavior has been very much influenced by the writing of D.W. Winnicott, a British Psychoanalyst. He received his Ph.D. from the Clinical Psychology Program of New York University.
Toby Glick, MS is an educational consultant and the founder of ParentConfidante School Success Consulting. She helps parents find the best schools and services for children who have behavioral and learning issues. Toby is a School Psychologist and licensed Mental Health Counselor with over thirty years of experience evaluating children and counseling children, parents and school personnel. She has also served as the Chairperson for the Preschool Committee on Special Education which determines early intervention services for children with special needs.
Miriam Goodman is a licensed social worker, who graduated from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. Miriam is currently the Clinical Director at Midtown Community Court where she oversees all clinical operations and alternative to incarceration programs. Miriam has employed a trauma-informed approach to all clinical operations. She was formerly the Women’s Specialist at Midtown Community Court where she developed a trauma-focused program, Women’s Independence Safety and Empowerment (WISE). Until September 2011, Miriam was a psychotherapist at Safe Horizon’s Counseling Center where she worked with children and adults who are survivors of trauma. Miriam trained in the evidence-based practice and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, which is designed specifically for children who have experienced trauma.
Sandra R. Wolkoff, LCSW-R, is the former Director of the Marks Family Right from the Start 0-3+ Center, the early childhood mental health site of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, the largest children’s mental health center on Long Island. Ms. Wolkoff developed the Training and Consultation Services at the Center that included curricula for frontline professionals, educators and clinicians working with young children and their families developing a mental health consultation program for Head Start centers that was recognized nationally as a model of best practice. Ms. Wolkoff has presented to professionals throughout the country on risk factors in child development and the recognition of the impact of perinatal mood disorders on families. Former host of her Cablevision show, “Ages & Stages,” Ms. Wolkoff has been a columnist and has had her work published in professional journals, magazines and newspapers. In addition, Ms. Wolkoff is a member of the Academy of Fellows at Zero To Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and their Parents, in Washington, DC. She is a board member of the NYC Zero to Three Network.
To purchase tickets to this, or any, performance of RECALL click here. RECALL runs through July 7th at the Wild Project.
A photo from the July 2nd, 2012 Panel:
The New York Times says RECALL “deftly balances the humdrum and the horrific” and compares Eliza to Martin McDonough and Tarantino…
BACKSTAGE (Critic’s Pick) says, “In the vein of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley, Clark’s play is very topical in our world of bullying and The Hunger Games… Colt Coeur continues its streak of grade-A downtown productions.”
Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick) reports, “Directed by Colt Coeur’s Adrienne Campbell-Holt with special sensitivity to degrees of abnormality, and performed by a bang-up cast, Clark’s thriller deploys clean naturalism in the service of a story that turns out to have Philip K. Dick on the brain.”
Theatermania says “Eliza Clark’s terribly intense and vividly imagined new play Recall, now at The Wild Project, is, unlike too much theatrical fare, not easily forgotten…Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt handles this rich terrain with aplomb and is aided by John McDermott’s simple yet evocative set and Grant Yeager’s astute lighting that brings each scene into focus. The stage may be small at Wild Project, but Clark and her collaborators have created a big world.”
I want to introduce myself as this June, Colt Coeur will be mounting a production of my play, RECALL at The Wild Project in New York City. For the past year I have been writing for AMC’s Emmy-nominated mystery thriller, THE KILLING, as well as writing short films for directors Spencer Susser (HESHER) and Benjamin Millipied (choreographer of BLACK SWAN). Though I love television and movies, I’m thrilled to get back to my first and truest love. I’m deeply moved by Colt Coeur’s courage in tackling RECALL's complex subject matter and inspired by the imagination and vision director Adrienne Campbell-Holt is already bringing to the project. We need your help though — please click on the ‘donate’ button in the upper right — and help us make this production a reality.
When I began writing RECALL, I was obsessed with serial killers and school shootings. If I were accused of murder, my Google history would be the prosecution’s most damning piece of evidence. In particular, I was interested in sociopathy and the pathology of a person who feels no guilt or remorse. I started to wonder if a person who feels no remorse really is human. RECALL takes this idea to an extreme: If we do not think of sociopaths as humans then what if there was a way to “recall” them before they hurt anyone? I’m also particularly fascinated by the way Americans often demonize children. The West Memphis Three case is a perfect example of “bad seed” mentality. Is there such a thing as a bad seed?
In other words, it’s a light, fun play and I think you’ll really enjoy yourself!
It is, actually, funny, I hope.
RECALL has been called a sci-fi play, which means that Adrienne and the entire team of brilliant actors and designers will collaborate to create a dazzling, ‘alternate present’ world— that will be weird and wildly imaginative and make you think and laugh and ask questions.
To do this, we need money. And we’re hoping you might be willing to help out with that. We need to raise $35,000—a lot I know—but I believe creating and producing mind-blowing live performance is a worthwhile cause. Colt Coeur is a 501(c)3 organization and all gifts are tax-deductible.
Thank you so much for your help! We hope you’ll come see the play in June!