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Colt Coeur and NYTW to Premiere Amelia Roper's THE BIG AND THE SMALL


Colt Coeur and NYTW to Premiere Amelia Roper's THE BIG AND THE SMALL

As part of its 2017-2018 season Colt Coeur has announced the company's 9th world premiere, The Big and the Small, a new play by Amelia Roper, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt.

Presented in a partnership with New York Theater Workshop's inaugural Next Door Series, The Big and the Small will begin performances at The 4th Street Theater (located at 83 East 4th Street) on April 14, 2018, with a final performance set for May 6, 2018. An official opening night will be announced at a later date.

Funerals are for the living. What happened, why, who did it and how - none of that matters in the moments before. A play about those moments before, The Big and the Small is a series of two-handers, each in identical rooms in a grand hotel in Zürich. As guests enjoy the last moments of their private, awkward, funny and not-so-funny lives, themes of nationalism, tourism, social responsibility, isolation, class and gender roles are all explored. In a time of global crisis, what does neutrality mean for a country full of banks?

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Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. Meeting the artists where they are in their process, this initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the newly renovated Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series will serve nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.

This play was commissioned and developed by Colt Coeur, in partnership with the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Amelia Roper (Playwright) is a queer immigrant writing comedies for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, The Rose and an adaptation of Jane Bowles' Two Serious Ladies for Yale Repertory Theatre. Her plays have been produced by the Humana Festival of New American Plays at ATL, Moscow Playwright and Director Center in Russian translation, Taffety Punk in DC, Square Product in Boulder, Prelude Festival NYC, Crowded Fire in SF, Kings Cross Theatre in Sydney and the Melbourne Arts Centre. Showcase and developments include the Old Vic in London, Soho Rep Writer / Director Lab, BLACK SWAN Lab at OSF, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, Kennedy Center in DC, Playwrights Realm in NYC, New Group NYC, Melbourne Theatre Company, RADA in London, The MacDowell Colony and Boston Court in LA. Published plays include Big Sky Town and Camberwell House by DPS, an excerpt of Lottie In The Late Afternoon appears in the new Kilroy's book and She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange with an introduction by Sarah Ruhl will soon be published in Australia. New plays include Everything Is Nice, Aliya In Americaland and A Duck On A Bike. She has an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur, a Brooklyn-based theatre company. She is the Associate Director on the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen. Adrienne has recently directed Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck, starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), Empathitrax by Ana Nogueria (Colt Coeur @ HERE, 2016), the world premiere of Cal in Camo by William Francis Hoffman (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), a workshop production of Kings by Sarah Burgess starring Larry Pine and Quincy Tyler Bernstine (WP Theater, NYC), Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (Dorset Theater Festival). Recent world premieres: Theresa Rebeck's The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur @ HERE, September 2015), Chiara Atik's 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur @ HERE, NYC), Greg Moss' REUNION (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur @ HERE), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur @ Wild Project), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Other productions: Red starring Tim Daly (Dorset Theater Festival), world premiere of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Colt Coeur @ HERE). Adrienne is a Time Warner/Women's Project Lab 2014-2016 Fellow. She has developed work with La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Playwrights' Center and EST. She is also the director of #makeitfair. Upcoming: Theresa Rebeck's What We're Up Against (WP Theater). BA Barnard College, Columbia University.

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