ZÜRICH Press Release

Paul Wesley of The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” & Austin Smith of Broadway’s Hamilton and An Octoroon Join the World Premiere of Colt Coeur’s

ZÜRICH By Amelia Roper

Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt Recipient of the 2018 Lortel Visionary Director Award Presented as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s

Inaugural NEXT DOOR Series April 14-May 5, 2018 Opening Night set for Tuesday, April 17 th The Fourth Street Theater 79 East 4 th Street New York, New York 10003

Colt Coeur is thrilled to announce that Zürich, a new play by Amelia Roper and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt (The Women’s Project’s What We’re Up Against, Colt Coeur’s Dry Land), will make its world premiere as part of the company’s 2017-2018 season. Presented as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s inaugural NEXT DOOR series, Zürich will begin performances on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at The Fourth Street Theatre (located at 79 East 4 th Street, between Cooper Square and 2 nd Avenue), with a final performance set for May 5, 2018. Opening night has been set for Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Zürich is a series of two-handers, as hotel guests enjoy the last moments of their private, awkward, funny and not-so- funny lives. Grappling with nationalism, tourism, social responsibility, isolation, class and gender expectations, the play asks — in a time of global crisis, what does neutrality mean for a country full of banks? For any of us?

Zürich will star an ensemble cast that includes Samantha Blair Cutler (Dear Evan Hansen), Sami Molly Bray, Juliana Canfield, Gregory Diaz IV, Renata Friedman, Carolyn Holding, Lynne Lipton (Colt Coeur’s How to Live on Earth), Austin Smith (Hamilton on Broadway, An Octoroon at Soho Rep), Matthew Stadelmann (Colt Coeur’s Dry Land), and Paul Wesley (“Vampire Diaries,” Cal in Camo (Colt Coeur/Rattlestick)).

Zürich will feature scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Grant Yeager, sound design by Brendan Aanes, properties by Samantha Shofner, and production management & technical direction by Daniel Prosky. The production will be produced by Colt Coeur, with Jessica Rieken serving as Line-Producer and Shannon Buhler serving as Associate Producer. In addition, Abbie Betts will serve as Production Stage Manager with Katie Cecil Cairns as Assistant Stage Manager.

Tickets for Zürich, starting at just $20, are available for purchase online at https://www.nytw.org/show/zurich/tickets/?spektrix_bounce=true For more information about Colt Coeur and Zürich, please visit www.coltcoeur.org



Colt Coeur, an artists’ ensemble, collaboratively creates theater from the ground up. Founded in 2010, Colt Coeur has created and produced eight world-premieres: Seven Minutes in Heaven, together as a company with TONY-winning playwright Steven Levenson; Fish Eye, with playwright Lucas Kavner; Recall, by Eliza Clark; Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith, and Dry Land, by Ruby Rae Spiegel, How to Live on Earth, by MJ Kaufman, aCal in Camo, by William Francis Hoffman (co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), and Empathitrax (by Ana Nogueira). All eight 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.

The performance schedule for Zürich is Thursdays through Mondays at 7:30pm beginning on Saturday, April 14th. There will be a special performance Tuesday, May 1 st at 7:30pm. Zürich will run through Saturday, May 5 th , with a closing night benefit performance and after-party for Colt Coeur.

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

Zürich is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the new york city department of cultural affairs in partnership with the city council.


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.


AMELIA ROPER (Playwright) is an award winning Australian-American writer and activist, currently writing for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, The Rose and adapting Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles for Yale Repertory Theatre. Her plays have been seen in Moscow, London, Sydney, Melbourne, the Humana Festival of New American Plays at ATL, Taffety Punk in DC, Square Product in Boulder, Prelude Festival NYC and Crowded Fire in SF. 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, The MacDowell Colony, Black Swan at OSF and Boston Court in LA. Published plays include Big Sky Town, Camberwell House and She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange with an introduction by Sarah Ruhl. New plays include Lottie in the Late Afternoon, Everything Is Nice, Aliya In Americaland and A Duck On A Bike. She works on the Netflix / Jenji Kohan show “GLOW”, develops TV and features in LA and Australia, works for Gloria Steinem, and is one of the original Hollywood women involved in the Time’sUp movement. Amelia 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 and the recipient of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award. Upcoming: Downstairs by Theresa Rebeck at Primary Stages. Recent: Afterwords, a new musical by Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek (Village Theater, Seattle), What We’re Up Against (WP Theater), world premiere of Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira (Colt Coeur @ HERE, 2016), world premiere of Cal in Camo by William Francis Hoffman (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (Dorset Theater Festival). Other 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), Chiara Atik’s 52 nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur), Greg Moss’ REUNION (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur), Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Colt Coeur). 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 and the Associate Director on the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen. BA Barnard College, Columbia University.

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