Kate Cullen Roberts and More Set for Colt Coeur's Play Hotel Reading Series at Sardi's, 10/28

Colt Coeur's Play Hotel reading series will present staged readings of two plays: a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl by Clare Barron andUmma Lappa Soon by Claire Kiechel on Monday, October 28th at 6pm (Barron play) & 8pm (Kiechel play) in the Bernie B. Jacobs room of the Sardi's building at 234 W. 44th Street, in Times Square.

Clare Barron's play will be directed by Stella Powell-Jones, and Claire Kiechel's play will be directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. The cast for the readings includes Teddy Bergman (Peter and the Starcatcher, Broadway), Ashley Biel, Ato Essandoh ("Copper", Fish Eye), Nadia Gan (Golden Child), Julia Jones ("Twilight" films), Kate Cullen Roberts (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Broadway), Danielle Slavick (Bright New Boise), Charles Socarides (Sons of the Prophet), and Stephanie Wright Thompson (The Hatmaker's Wife). There will be a reception between readings.

Colt Coeur (Everything is Ours, 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 Matt Friedberger, Kaitlin Schuster, Jimmi Simpson, 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.

Synopsis for a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl:
When a young girl in Republic, Washington, is gruesomely killed by her dog, Cheryl wants to show her support for the grieving family. But what begins as a tender encounter between Cheryl and the victim's sister soon becomes more than Cheryl can handle.

Synopsis for Umma Lappa Soon:
Dakota and Trenton work for an era-defining company specializing in experiential re-creations ranging from famous moments in wartime to childhood memories. These "historical cruises" define social status: why go to Cabo when you can land on the moon? When a "wishie" (company speak for re-enactor) gets murdered, Trenton beings to question his company's influence on society, much to his wife Dakota's dismay. When an escaped wishie ends up at his home, Trenton has to reconcile his desire to do the right thing with his desire for personal fulfillment.

Clare Barron grew up in Wenatchee Washington. Her plays include Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); Solar Plexus (Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathon of One-Act Plays); and a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl (developed at The Atlantic Center for the Arts; reading at The Bushwick Starr). She is a member of Youngblood at EST and a recipient of an EST/Sloan grant to develop Old Four Legs - a play about a prehistoric fish. She is also an actor and has developed original performance pieces at the Theatre of Desire Cabaret helmed by Deb Margolin, the Grotowski Institute in Poland, and as part of the Hemispheric Institute's program for young artist/activists. Recent acting credits include Target Margin's Uncle Vanya and The Tempest in NYC, and Masrah Ensemble's Arabic-English production of Mud in Beirut, Lebanon.

Claire Kiechel's plays include: Umma Lappa Soon (Naked Angels reading); Some Dark Places of the Earth (semi-finalist at the O'Neill National Playwriting Conference); St. Vitus' Dance (finalist for the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop); Wolf Play (winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Festival Short Play Festival, published by Samuel French); Norway (upcoming Crashbox Theater Company, developed at the 2012 Orchard Project); Be Careful of Words (devised with Helikon Rep); Whale Song Or: Learning to Live with Mobyphobia (FringeNYC 2011); Luxembourg (Lunar Energy Productions & AntiMatter Collective); and her adaptation of the Odyssey, Lethe (New School for Drama). Readings and productions of her plays have been held at the Brick Theater, Theaterlab, LaMaMa, the Kraine, and the Beckett Theater. She has worked in various capacities with Ars Nova, New York Stage and Film, The Exchange, Clubbed Thumb, and Yarn Films. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA in playwriting from the New School for Drama.

Stella Powell-Jones' recent directing credits include plays by Lauren Morelli, Marco Ramirez & BrIan Watkins for Lesser America's Just Right Just Now, Will Arbery's Yield, Bitch (Communal Spaces), The Eye of the Needle (the Attic at The Bush Theatre, London) Hello Ms, (Spring Fling Festival), The Naked Side of Grace (IRT). Stella has developed work with Playwrights Realm, The Flea, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Centre Stage, Red Bull Theatre Co., Shakespeare's Globe (London), Renegade Theatre (London). Upcoming: Stephanie DiMaggio and Anton Dudley's The Orchard &Jesse Weaver's We Shall Catch Larks (workshopped in Colt Coeur's 2012 Playhotel Series).

Adrienne Campbell-Holt is the Artistic Director of Colt Coeur. Upcoming: Greg Moss' REUNION (South Coast Rep). Recent: Everything is Ours(Colt Coeur @HERE), The Scene (Dorset Theatre Festival, starring Tim Daly), Recall (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Flu Season (ACT),Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Mormons, Mothers and Monsters (Barrington Stage), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale), Dead Man's Cell Phone (NYU), 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 (Gavin Brown), and Autobahn (NYU). Regional work includes Church (choreographer, Harbor Stage Company) and Three Days of Rain (Amphibian Stage, Fort Worth, Texas) and three summers at Williamstown Theater Festival. Adrienne has directed workshops and readings for the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, The Civilians, LAByrinth, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, the Orchard Project, New Georges & 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 readings are free however seating is limited. RSVP to CCPlayHotel@gmail.com by Friday, October 25th for more details. (Please specify which reading you'd like to attend.) For more information go to: www.coltcoeur.org.

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