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Mar 19, 2012

a letter from RECALL playwright Eliza Clark

Dear Friends, 

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! 

Sincerely, 
ElizaSignature
Eliza Clark


COLT COEUR TO READ ADAM BOCK’S
MARCY COMES HOME
TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH AT 7PM
 
Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel reading series will present a staged reading of Adam Bock’s Marcy Comes Home on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm at the CoCo Studio in NYC.  Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven), the cast features Katya Campbell (Fish Eye), Erin Felgar (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Heidi Niedermeyer (Seven Minutes in Heaven), Gio Perez (The Language of Trees), Kate Cullen Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Debargo Sanyal (After), Matt Stadelmann (American Sligo, Seven Minutes in Heaven), and Joe Tippett (Fish Eye).
 
In Marcy Comes Home, homecomings are just as tough on the people who never left, and it turns out being a Hollywood starlet doesn’t teach you many real-life skills.  This hilarious and irreverent comedy explores the coming-of-age of a generation, and explodes the notion that ‘coming home’ always feels good.
 
Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008, The Evidence Room with Megan Mullally), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer Critics nomination), The Thugs (Soho Rep, 2007 OBIE Award for Playwriting), The Shaker Chair (2005 Humana Festival), Swimming In The Shallows (Shotgun Players, Second Stage Uptown, 2000 BATCC Award, Clauder Prize), Five Flights (Encore Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2002 Glickman Award, ACTA nomination, Osborn nomination), and The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theatre/Shotgun Players). Adam is the resident playwright at Encore Theatre, and a Shotgun Players Artistic Associate. He is a NEA grantee, a three-time resident at Yaddo, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect, and a TDF Open Doors mentor. Adam’s plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts, Inc. He is a proud member of New Dramatists.
The reading is free however seating is limited.  RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com.   The CoCo Studio is located at 20 Jay Street, Suite M05, DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201.   For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org. 
Feb 28, 2012

COLT COEUR TO READ ADAM BOCK’S

MARCY COMES HOME

TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH AT 7PM

 

Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel reading series will present a staged reading of Adam Bock’s Marcy Comes Home on Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm at the CoCo Studio in NYC.  Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven), the cast features Katya Campbell (Fish Eye), Erin Felgar (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Heidi Niedermeyer (Seven Minutes in Heaven), Gio Perez (The Language of Trees), Kate Cullen Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Debargo Sanyal (After), Matt Stadelmann (American Sligo, Seven Minutes in Heaven), and Joe Tippett (Fish Eye).

 

In Marcy Comes Home, homecomings are just as tough on the people who never left, and it turns out being a Hollywood starlet doesn’t teach you many real-life skills.  This hilarious and irreverent comedy explores the coming-of-age of a generation, and explodes the notion that ‘coming home’ always feels good.

 

Adam Bock’s plays include Phaedra (Shotgun Players), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), book for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with music by Todd Almond (Yale Rep), The Receptionist (MTC, 2008 Outer Critics nomination, Best Plays of 2007-2008, The Evidence Room with Megan Mullally), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons, 2008 Outer Critics nomination), The Thugs (Soho Rep, 2007 OBIE Award for Playwriting), The Shaker Chair (2005 Humana Festival), Swimming In The Shallows (Shotgun Players, Second Stage Uptown, 2000 BATCC Award, Clauder Prize), Five Flights (Encore Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2002 Glickman Award, ACTA nomination, Osborn nomination), and The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theatre/Shotgun Players). Adam is the resident playwright at Encore Theatre, and a Shotgun Players Artistic Associate. He is a NEA grantee, a three-time resident at Yaddo, a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect, and a TDF Open Doors mentor. Adam’s plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts, Inc. He is a proud member of New Dramatists.


The reading is free however seating is limited.  RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com
The CoCo Studio is located at 20 Jay Street, Suite M05, DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201.   For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org

Feb 7, 2012 / 1 note
Dec 16, 2011 / 1 note

a letter to you.

Dear Friend,

Only in the theater can you create something out of literally nothing. With your support – in just two years — Colt Coeur has been credited with “bringing sexy back to off-Broadway” (New York Magazine) and lauded by The New York Times with the broad recognition “these guys have chops.”  The New York Post and Time Out have called our work “pitch perfect” and “wildly charming.”  We’ve created two original plays in our uniquely collaborative style (Seven Minutes in Heavenby Steven Levenson and Fish Eye by Lucas Kavner), launched our free week-long Playmaking workshop for Brooklyn teenagers, and held public readings of a bevy of exciting new plays as part of our Play Hotel series.  Thank you. For your support, for seeing a show, and for reading this letter.

 

For 2012 —we’re more ambitious than ever.  We are thrilled to announce RECALL by Eliza Clark (Edgewise, P73/Soho Rep and AMC’sThe Killing) as our Spring 2012 production, as well as the longer-term Immortality/Technology Project which we are currently developing with Steven Levenson.  Over the next few weeks we’ll embark on the first of several workshops with Steven and the entire Colt Coeur company in our DUMBO studio. We plan to mount the full production next fall—making 2012 Colt Coeur’s first 2-show year! With two successful years of programming under our belt we are finally eligible for many grants—and are hard at work applying for them—but we need your help making these goals a reality.

If you believe in the infinite potential of live theater to inspire compassion, humor, ferocity, and an unapologetic sense of wonder, please join me in making a gift today to our annual fund, and investing in the future of our company.  All gifts are tax-deductible and can be made online using a credit card or by mail.

Our growth would be completely impossible without your contributions.  
Thank you in advance for your tremendous generosity. Wishing you and your loved ones a merry holiday season!

 

Sincerely,

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Adrienne Campbell-Holt                                                                                                  
Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Artistic Director   

PS Just last week, our most recent production got a nod in New York Magazine’s annual wrap-up of the best downtown theatre of the year!          

 

Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel reading series will present a staged reading of Max Posner’s The Thing About Air Travel on Monday, November 21st at 7pm at the CoCo Studio in NYC.  Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven), the cast features Teddy Bergman (Peter and the Star-Catcher), Katya Campbell (Fish Eye), Erin Felgar (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Maya Kazan, Kate Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and Matt Stadelmann (American Sligo, Seven Minutes in Heaven).
 
Somewhere between Africa and the United States, Marie is stuck on the longest flight of her life.  En route to her younger brother’s funeral, she dwells on the love she left behind and the family that awaits her return.  In this clever voyage through missed connection and loss, siblings bark secrets in indecipherable tones, seat partners swap ideologies and nail polish-–and no one is allowed to pee.  The Thing About Air Travel is a spirited meditation on grief amidst psychedelic diversions.
 
Colt Coeur (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 Adam Bock, Bekah Brunstetter, Max Posner, and Steven Levenson. Previous Play Hotel readings have included: Eli Clarke’s Recall, Molly Goforth’s Don’t Look at Me, and Alena Smith’s Plucker.  
 
Max Posner’s plays include The Thing About Air Travel, The War on Safety (published by Playscripts), Current Things, Benevolence and The Famished. His plays have been staged and developed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca), Curious Theatre Company (Denver), The Blank (Los Angeles), Young Playwrights Inc. (NYC), and Production Workshop. Max graduated from Brown University where he studied with Erik Ehn, Lisa D’Amour, Bonnie Metzgar, and Paula Vogel.  Max is the recipient of the Weston Award in Playwriting, and the 2011 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a member of Interstate 73 (P73). He has led playwriting workshops with high schoolers in Nebraska, inmates in Rhode Island, and youth in Kenya’s Kibera slum. He was born and raised in Denver and lives in Brooklyn. 
 The reading is free however seating is limited.  RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com.   The CoCo Studio is located at 20 Jay Street, Suite M05, DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201.   For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org.
Nov 4, 2011

Colt Coeur’s Play Hotel reading series will present a staged reading of Max Posner’s The Thing About Air Travel on Monday, November 21st at 7pm at the CoCo Studio in NYC.  Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Fish Eye, Seven Minutes in Heaven), the cast features Teddy Bergman (Peter and the Star-Catcher), Katya Campbell (Fish Eye), Erin Felgar (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Maya Kazan, Kate Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), and Matt Stadelmann (American Sligo, Seven Minutes in Heaven).

 

Somewhere between Africa and the United States, Marie is stuck on the longest flight of her life.  En route to her younger brother’s funeral, she dwells on the love she left behind and the family that awaits her return.  In this clever voyage through missed connection and loss, siblings bark secrets in indecipherable tones, seat partners swap ideologies and nail polish-–and no one is allowed to pee.  The Thing About Air Travel is a spirited meditation on grief amidst psychedelic diversions.

 

Colt Coeur (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 Adam Bock, Bekah Brunstetter, Max Posner, and Steven Levenson. Previous Play Hotel readings have included: Eli Clarke’s Recall, Molly Goforth’s Don’t Look at Me, and Alena Smith’s Plucker. 

 

Max Posner’s plays include The Thing About Air Travel, The War on Safety (published by Playscripts), Current Things, Benevolence and The Famished. His plays have been staged and developed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca), Curious Theatre Company (Denver), The Blank (Los Angeles), Young Playwrights Inc. (NYC), and Production Workshop. Max graduated from Brown University where he studied with Erik Ehn, Lisa D’Amour, Bonnie Metzgar, and Paula Vogel.  Max is the recipient of the Weston Award in Playwriting, and the 2011 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a member of Interstate 73 (P73). He has led playwriting workshops with high schoolers in Nebraska, inmates in Rhode Island, and youth in Kenya’s Kibera slum. He was born and raised in Denver and lives in Brooklyn.


The reading is free however seating is limited.  RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com. 
The CoCo Studio is located at 20 Jay Street, Suite M05, DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201.   For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org.

Oct 28, 2011
Oct 4, 2011

A little video teaser I put together for our Brooklyn Arts Council grant application…


Advance tickets are sold-out but see you at the Benefit! We’ll be accepting cash, credit or check.  
Can’t come but want to make a donation?
Sep 24, 2011 / 1 note

Advance tickets are sold-out but see you at the Benefit!
We’ll be accepting cash, credit or check.  

Can’t come but want to make a donation?

Aug 12, 2011
Jul 25, 2011 / 1 note
Joe Tippett and Betty Gilpin in Fish Eye.
dialogues:
“You may not believe in magic but something very strange is happening at this very moment. Your head has dissolved into thin air and I can see the rhododendrons through your stomach. It’s not that you are dead or anything dramatic like that, it is simply that you are fading away and I can’t even remember your name.”
Jun 3, 2011 / 1 note

Joe Tippett and Betty Gilpin in Fish Eye.

dialogues:

“You may not believe in magic but something very strange is happening at this very moment. Your head has dissolved into thin air and I can see the rhododendrons through your stomach. It’s not that you are dead or anything dramatic like that, it is simply that you are fading away and I can’t even remember your name.”