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Colt Coeur Announces New Date and Casting for FEEL THE SPIRIT by Noelle Viñas
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:47 pm EDT 06/11/21

NEW DATE & CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR COLT COEUR’S
FEEL THE SPIRIT
BY NOELLE VIÑAS
DIRECTED BY ELIZABETH CARTER

LIVESTREAM to take place THURSDAY, JULY 1 8pm ET,
avail to stream thru JULY 5

NIKKI CALONGE (FEAR IN THE WESTERN WORLD, TARGET MARGIN),
LYNNE LIPTON (ZÜRICH , NYTW NEXT DOOR), RAMI MARGRON (“FBI”), ROGER Q MASON,
VANESSA PERÉDA, & MORE
HAVE JOINED THE CAST

Feel the Spirit is a multi-faceted meditation on spirituality and the past year, asking all of us to consider the ways God has shown up in our own lives.

Gabriela, a young, queer pastor new in her post, is struggling to navigate her new congregation’s shift to online worship due to COVID-19. As seasons change outside and the flat timeline of quarantine continues, the church fights to maintain a practice that rotates around fellowship and community across generations and cultures when they can’t hug, cook, or sing together. Feel The Spirit pushes against the isolation of virtual engagement by inviting audience members to turn their cameras on, and engage in moments of real-time reflection. This communal experience is a multi-faceted meditation on spirituality and the past year, asking all of us to consider the ways God has shown up in our individual and collective humanity. A made-for-Zoom play commissioned by Shotgun Players.

Tickets start at $5 and are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feel-the-spirit-a-new-play-by-noelle-vinas-dir-by-elizabeth-carter-tickets-158148687983

SUMMER/FALL SEASON CONTINUES WITH 3 INNOVATIVE NEW WORKS:

THE GODDAMN TOONEY LUNES
a visual concept album
CREATED BY MEHR KAUR
IN COLLABORATION WITH RAT QUEEN THEATRE CO

THE DOWAGERS
Live theatre, in a garden
BY JUSTICE HEHIR
DIRECTED BY JOAN SERGAY

PLEASURE MACHINE
A nine-episode, interactive podcast
CONCEIVED BY TARA ELLIOTT & EMMA ORME
WRITTEN BY DIANE EXAVIER, MAY TREUHAFT-ALI, & PHAEDRA MICHELLE SCOTT
DIRECTED BY TARA ELLIOTT
Visit ColtCoeur.org for more information.

SUMMER/FALL 2021 (dates tba soon):
THE GODDAMN TOONEY LUNES,
Created by CoCo Resident Artist J. Mehr Kaur, in collaboration with Rat Queen Theatre Co, is a visual concept album. Set against the backdrop of the opioid crisis in New England, The Goddamn Tooney Lunes! explores the stories of queer youth dealing with mental health issues through a collage of songs, music videos, and scenelets.

the dowagers, by Colt Coeur company member Justice Hehir & directed by Joan Sergay. Salome, Tara, and Nick share an apartment building and a system for navigating the unspeakable. A pandemic-era play about neighbors, proximity, and the many permutations of care, the dowagers is a meditation on loss and lust - set on a single stoop.
An outdoor, socially distanced workshop presentation.

PLEASURE MACHINE, conceived by CoCo Resident Artist Tara Elliott and creative producer Emma Orme, is an interactive audio thriller, adapted from Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal and informed by adrienne maree brown's Pleasure Activism. Part narrative thriller about the effects of capitalism and patriarchy on the female body, part guided embodiment experience, PLEASURE MACHINE seeks to explore how, in the midst of such constant threats to safety and freedom, we might reconnect with our bodies to find grounding, joy, and agency.

The podcast tells the story of H, a black millennial femme working a temp job at an ad firm to support their budding career as a creator of audio care kink. When Kane, a big client, offers H the chance at a lucrative (if morally questionable) contract, she must ask herself how much agency she is willing to sacrifice for capital gain. Weighing the competing pressures of patriarchal capitalism and self-preservation, H makes a choice that sends her tumbling into a relentless, noisy tunnel of oppressive forces.

A nine-episode, interactive podcast, written by Diane Exavier, May Treuhaft-Ali, & Phaedra Michelle Scott, and directed by Tara Elliott. Supported in part by the Venturous Theatre Fund.

COLT COEUR is a Brooklyn-based theater company founded in 2010. Our original, story-driven, visceral theater pulls you close and doesn’t let go. Our community of artists nurtures and invests in diverse perspectives to produce work that straddles the line between mainstream and experimental. We strive to create great happenings in small rooms, theater as close as a whisper in your ear or a stranger’s hand brushing yours. Intimacy is our way in. We embrace the infinite theatrical potential of intimate live performance. We contemplate questions that inspire us and devise theater pieces which respond to and engage with the world in which we live. We address the ambivalence, terror and exhilaration of our age through theater that utilizes a simplicity of means to achieve richness of expression.

Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt and Managing Director Bailey Williams lead a 21-member ensemble of actors, playwrights and designers to nurture the next generation of theater artists through the development and production of new plays and by providing arts education and mentorship to students from under-resourced NYC public schools. Over 11 years, Colt Coeur has produced 11 world premieres, 1 east coast premiere, 6 virtual productions, and developed 48 plays; as well as providing free arts education and mentorship for over 220 students.

Colt Coeur was poised to produce their 13th world premiere, Polylogues, created and performed by Xandra Nur Clark and directed by Molly Clifford, in April 2020, which was postponed due to the ongoing global health crisis. New dates & venue for Polylogues will be announced soon!

BIOS
Elizabeth Carter ( Feel the Spirit director, she/her) is a director and actor based in the SF Bay Area who was seen in Eureka Day at Colt Coeur in 2019. Her directing includes San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 groundbreaking virtual King Lear, Bondage(Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award), Every 28 Hours Plays and A Place to Belong with American Conservatory Theatre, for colored girls….(Broadway World Best Local Play and TBA nominee Best Ensemble) with African American Shakespeare Co. and Participants (TBA Best Anthology) for TheatreFirst. She has directed for California Shakespeare Theater Conservatory and is the Associate Director of the Theatre Dept. at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. She is a recipient of the Bridging the Gap Grant and a Director’s West 2019 Alum.

Diane Exavier (Pleasure Machine Writer, she/her) is a writer, theatermaker, and educator who creates performances, public programs, and games that invite audiences to participate in a theater that rejects passive reception. With a point of departure located in the Caribbean Diaspora, Diane explores what she calls the 4L’s: love, loss, legacy, and land. Intersecting performance and poetry, her work has been presented at BRIC Arts, Brooklyn Poets, The Bushwick Starr, Sibiu's International Theater Festival in Romania, Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, and more. Her writing appears in The Atlas Review, The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, and Staatstheater Hannover Magazine, amongst other publications. Her play Good Blood received a 2017 Kilroys List Honorable Mention. Her hybrid poetry collection The Math of Saint Felix is forthcoming from The 3rd Thing Press in 2021. Diane is a 2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow Finalist, as well as a Virtual Realm member of The Playwrights Realm 2020-2021 season. Diane holds an MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Justice Hehir (the dowagers playwright, she/her)is a playwright whose work explores sexuality, feminism, and the formation and rupture of human bonds. She is a company member of Colt Coeur and is the recipient of a 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. She is currently commissioned by George Street Playhouse and is an alumna of the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group. Other recent projects include “true believer”, published this year by Table Work Press, and “freeplay”, under development through a 2020 EST/Sloan Project commission. MFA: Hunter College, BA: Rutgers University. She lives in Newark, NJ.

J. Mehr Kaur (The Goddamn Tooney Lunes creator, she/her) is a director, producer and curator of live & multimedia performance. She adapted and directed Kultar’s Mime, which toured internationally across the US, UK, Canada, India and Malaysia. Recently, Mehr collaborated with Chakram on the animated short When Planets Mate which was accepted into 15 film festivals including AMDOCS & Cinequest, directed the NY premiere of Madhuri Shekar’s “Queen” (APAC) and produced Rat Queen Theatre Co’s “Judy Doomed Us All” (New Ohio's Ice Factory). Mehr is the assistant director for the new musical “Other World” (Book by Hunter Bell, Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen and Ann McNamee). She is an MFA Candidate at USC School of Cinematic Arts' Peter Stark Producing Program and a graduate of Smith College; WTF Directing Corps member, MTC Directing Fellow, Colt Coeur Resident Artist; Recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru Directing Grant.

Phaedra Michelle Scott (Pleasure Machine Writer, she/her) is a playwright and dramaturg based in New York City. Her play, DIASPORA! was a commissioned work through SpeakEasy Stages’s The Boston Project. She is a past resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm for her play PLANTATION BLACK, and is currently a member of the obie-award winning playwriting ensemble, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater and Pipeline Theater Company’s PlayLab. Her play GOOD HAIR, is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant. Scott has been commissioned by University of Massachusetts, Sparkhaven Theater Company and Dramatic Question Theater. She has been an arts and culture journalist for wbur, Boston’s NPR station; a content developer at the USS Constitution Museum where she made maritime history accessible through storytelling and media. She is the resident dramaturg of New Harmony Project and is VP of Programs for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Scott has received a Bly Creative Capacity Grant for her work as dramaturg for Black Theater Commons as well as the recipient of the Frederick Douglass Fellowship for her research on August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle. She is a crocheter, horror fan and obscure history enthusiast. She/Her/Hers. www.phaedrascott.com

Joan Sergay (the dowagers director, she/her) is a Brooklyn-based director of new work, originally from Washington, D.C. She has worked at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Vineyard Theatre, The Play Company, Primary Stages, The Flea, The Tank, Two Headed Rep, and Dixon Place. She has also worked regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The University of California San Diego, Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Rivendell Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and Piven Theatre in Chicago. Joan is a former Directing Fellow at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. BA: Northwestern University www.joansergay.com

May Treuhaft-Ali (Pleasure Machine writer, she/her) is a playwright and new-play dramaturg. After graduating from Wesleyan University, she completed an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance Studies at Trinity College Dublin on a George J. Mitchell Scholarship. She is a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, a 2021 Visionary Playwright at Theater Masters, an alumna of Clubbed Thumb’s Early-Career Writers’ Group, and a recipient of two commissions from Adventure Theatre MTC. She has worked as a dramaturg at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Ars Nova ANT Fest, and Haven Theatre Chicago. Her dramaturgical essays have been published in Playwrights Horizons’ Almanac and Table Work Press’ Two Plays. May is currently the Literary Fellow at Playwrights Horizons.

Noelle ViñasR ( Feel the Spirit playwright, she/her) is a playwright, educator, and theater-artist from Springfield, Virginia and Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a resident artist at Colt Coeur and a member of The Civilians ' 2020-2021 R&D Group. Her play Derecho (2019 John Gassner Playwriting Award, 2019 Jane Chambers Honorable Mention) was workshopped as part of the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Recent commissions include Weston Playhouse for her short play Zoom Intervention (NY Times Critic's Pick), Every Time I Feel The Spirit for Shotgun Players, Lauren Gunderson's New Now Commission, and the book for The Long Horizon, a space musical for Imagination Stage's Speak Out Onstage Ensemble. Previously, she was part of Playwrights Foundation's four-year Resident Playwrights Initiative and a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi. Viñas resides in Brooklyn and will be graduating with her MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College in spring 2021.
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