Jim Ireland, Tina Ivlev, Alice Kremelberg & More to Star in New York Run of Ruby Rae Spiegel's DRY LAND
Dry Land, written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, is a haunting new play about female friendships and abortion-a hilarious, savage, and deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes, and friendships of teenage girls. It is as gut-wrenching as it is funny, and while the play's characters may be young, the challenges facing them are ageless.
Amy is pregnant. Amy has asked Ester to meet her in their high school swim team locker room to abort the fetus. Ester deeply idolizes Amy and will do anything for her admiration. Through the course of the play, we watch them form a complex and intimate relationship, one built on vulnerability and challenged by the fear of being vulnerable.
This World Premiere production features actors from both the workshops at New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse and Ojai Playwright's Conference.
The scenic design for Dry Land is by John McDermott; costume design is by Ashley Rose Horton; lighting design is by Grant Yeager; sound design is by Amy Altadonna; properties by Shannon O'Brien; and technical direction by Josh Shain. Sarah Devon Ford is the Production Stage Manager, and casting is by Anne Davidson. Michaela Buccola and Stephanie Wessels are producing, in collaboration with Colt Coeur.
Dry Land,written by Ruby Rae Spiegel, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and produced by Michaela Buccola. Performances begin Saturday, September 6 at 8:30PM, at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue (entrance on Dominick St. 1 Block South of Spring). Opening night is set for Monday, September 8 at 7PM. The show must close Saturday, September 27.
Colt Coeur, an artists' ensemble, collaboratively creates theater from the ground up. Founded in 2010, Colt Coeur has created and produced four world-premieres: Seven Minutes in Heaven, together as a company with playwright Steven Levenson; Fish Eye, with playwright Lucas Kavner; Recall, by Eliza Clark; and Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith. All four 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.
Ruby Rae Spiegel grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 2011, her play Carrie & Francine was selected for the Off-Broadway Summer Shorts 5 Festival alongside plays by Christopher Durang and Neil LaBute. Ruby is a graduate of St. Ann's and is currently an undergraduate at Yale.
Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Recent: Red (starring Tim Daly, Dorset Theatre Festival, VT), World Premiere of Greg Moss' REUNION (South Coast Rep), World Premiere of Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), The Scene (Dorset Theatre Festival), Recall (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Flu Season (American Conservatory Theater, SF), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Mormons, Mothers and Monsters (Barrington Stage), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Emerging America Festival, Huntington Theatre Company and Colt Coeur @ HERE), Missed Connections (Ars Nova), One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro (Joe's Pub), The Long Tail (Abrons Art Center/Gavin Brown Enterprise). Adrienne has directed workshops/readings for the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, The Civilians, LAByrinth, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, the Orchard Project, Hartford Stage, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theater & Clubbed Thumb. She is a recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Fellowship, the EST/Sloan grant, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.
The performance schedule for Dry Land is Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:30PM, Sundays at 4PM, and Mondays at 7PM beginning on Saturday, September 6. Opening night is Monday, September 8 and Dry Land will run through Saturday, September 27.
Dry Landplays at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, between Spring and Broome. Tickets are $18 general admission and may be purchased at www.here.org or by phoning (212) 352-3101. For more information, visit www.coltcoeur.org.