HATEF**K To Star KAVI LADNIER & SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY; Performances Start March 3
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:56 pm EST 02/05/19

WP Theater and Colt Coeur Present


in the World Premiere of


By Rehana Lew Mirza

Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Off-Broadway Performances Begin March 3 at WP Theater

WP Theater, in partnership with Colt Coeur, is thrilled to announce that Kavi Ladnier (“Just Add Magic”, “Heroes”) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Heroes”, “Covert Affairs”) will star in the World Premiere of the 2017 Kilroys List play Hatef**k by Rehana Lew Mirza. WP Lab Alum and 2018 Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award winner Adrienne Campbell-Holt (WP’s What We’re Up Against) returns to WP Theater to direct this bracingly insightful new play, which begins Off-Broadway previews on Sunday, March 3, 2019. The four-week limited engagement – through Sunday, March 31 – will celebrate its official opening night on Wednesday March 13 at WP Theater (2162 Broadway).

Passions ignite when Layla, an intense literature professor, accuses Imran, a brashly iconoclastic novelist, of trading in anti-Muslim stereotypes. But as their attraction grows into something more, they discover that good sex doesn’t always make good bedfellows. Conflicting cultural identities collide in this thornily clever antidote to a “meet-cute” romance.

The creative team for Hatef**k features scenic design by Anshuman Bhatia (Ordinary Days, Little Rock), costume design by Sarita Fellows (Selki, Yellow Card Red Card), lighting design by Barbara Samuels (Hurricane Diane, Dance Nation), and sound design by Joanna Lynne Staub (Mother of the Maid). Casting by Kelly Gillespie, C.S.A.

Tickets for Hatef**k are on sale now via www.wptheater.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. The Performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday-Thursday at 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2 & 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM.




KAVI LADNIER (Layla) a New Yorker living in LA is thrilled to be back in NYC to work with Adrienne Campbell-Holt & Sendhil. ANON(YMOUS) (The Public); Tulpa (Target Margin); Crosscurrents (UBU Rep) Regional: Pentecost (Yale Repertory); Rehana Lew Mirza/Mike Lew’s Child of Colonialism (Lark Theatre) & The DNA Festival (La Jolla Playhouse SD). LA: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Henry V (Kingsmen Shakespeare Company,) The Vagina Monologues. Other NY theatre: SEVEN.11 Convenience Store Theatre (Desipina & Co.). Television credits include recurring roles on Amazon’s “Just Add Magic”, NBC's “Heroes”, ABC's “General Hospital”. Other TV included: “Future Man”, “Good Game”, “Criminal Minds”, “CSI NY”, “CSI Miami”, “Law & Order”, “Las Vegas” & “Cosby”. Kavi co-produced and starred in the feature film Boris and The Bomb which is premiering this Spring. Other film credits: Cold Pressed, Low Budget Ethnic Movie (2019) Karma Calling; the Indian National Award-winning feature film Janani, various short films and the web series “And Boris”. She has also lent her voice to narrate several international health, water and education campaigns.

SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY (Imran) can currently be seen recurring on the new NBC hit series “New Amsterdam” and is best known for his lead roles in Tim Kring's NBC sci-fi dramas, “Heroes” and “Heroes Reborn”. Sendhil’s extensive film and television credits include Amblin TV and NBC’s drama series “Reverie”, opposite Sarah Shahi and Dennis Haysbert; Hannah Marks and Joey Power’s romantic comedy After Everything (2018) with Marisa Tomei and Joe Keery; Stan Lee's Sky television series “Lucky Man” opposite James Nesbitt; the USA series “Covert Affairs”; a memorable arc as Mindy Kaling’s love interest on the final season of NBC’s “The Office”; Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out”; Liz Garcia’s The Lifeguard opposite Kristen Bell; and Gurinder Chada’s comedy It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, which premiered at Sundance in 2013 and 2010, respectively. He is currently shooting Magic Hour opposite Miriam Shor and directed by Jacqueline Christy. In theater, Sendhil starred in the RSC production of Carlo Goldoni’s A Servant to Two Masters in London’s West End, Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink at the Soho Repertory Theatre, and Ayub Khan-Din’s East is East at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

REHANA LEW MIRZA (Playwright) Rehana Lew Mirza’s play Hatef**k was on the 2017 Kilroys list and has been previously developed by Colt Coeur and WP, as well as Playwrights Horizons, New Group, Ma-Yi, and Primary Stages. Her other plays includes Ladybits (readings: Lark Playwrights Workshop, Local Lab); A People’s Guide to History in the Time of Here and Now (workshops: Primary Stages, PH School, Tisch); Soldier X (productions: Ma-Yi; Brooklyn College; 2015 Kilroys; NYSCA/Lark commission); Neighborhood Watch (NNPN/InterAct commission); Lonely Leela (workshop prod: LPAC); and Barriers (productions: Desipina, Asian American Theater Company). Her musical Bhangin’ It (with collaborators Sam Willmott and Mike Lew) has been workshopped through Project Springboard, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat/3R, Goodspeed, Orchard Project, and at La Jolla Playhouse where she and Mike Lew are Artists-in-Residence. She and Mike also share a Mellon Foundation National Playwright residency administered in partnership with Howlround at Ma-Yi Theater. Additional honors: HBO Access Fellow, Colt Coeur artist residency, Lilly Award (Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Play”), and TCG/New Georges Fellowship. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch.

ADRIENNE CAMPBELL-HOLT (Director) Adrienne is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur and the recipient of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award. Upcoming: world premieres of Hatef**k by Rehana Lew Mirza (WP/Colt Coeur), and We Are Among Us by Stephen Belber (City Theater). Recent world premieres/productions: Downstairs, by Theresa Rebeck (Primary Stages), Thirst, by C. A. Johnson (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Zürich, by Amelia Roper (Colt Coeur/NYTW), What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck (WP Theater), Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira (Colt Coeur), Cal in Camo (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), 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 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur), Reunion by Greg Moss (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur), and Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Colt Coeur). Adrienne is currently developing the new musical Other World with Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Ann McNamee & WETA Workshop, as well as Afterwords, with Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek. BA Barnard College, Columbia University. She is also the director of #makeitfair.

WP THEATER (Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Sag, Managing Director) now in its 40th Season, is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of women at every stage in their careers. For nearly four decades we have served as leaders at the forefront of a global movement towards gender parity, and the example we set and the artists we have fostered have grown into a robust and thriving community of artists in theater and beyond. WP empowers female-identified and gender nonconforming artists of all kinds to reach their full potential and, in doing so, challenges preconceptions about the kinds of plays women write and the stories they tell. As the premiere launching pad for some of the most influential female theater artists today, our work has had a significant impact on the field at large. Nearly every prolific female theater artist has been through our doors, including Eve Ensler, María Irene Fornés, Katori Hall, Pam MacKinnon, Lynn Nottage, Leigh Silverman and Anna Deavere Smith. These powerful women found an early artistic home at WP and are a testament to our role as a driving cultural force. WP was founded in 1978 by visionary producer, Julia Miles, to address the significant under-representation of women in theater. Today, WP accomplishes its mission through several fundamental programs, including: the WP Lab, a two-year mentorship and new play development program for women playwrights, directors, and producers; the Domestic Partner residency program; the Developmental series; and the Mainstage series, which features a full season of Off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary theater artists.

COLT COEUR is a Brooklyn-based theater company founded in 2010. Their mission is to contemplate questions that inspire and devise theater pieces that respond to and engage with the world in which we live. Their work addresses the ambivalence, terror and exhilaration of our age on the scale of person-to-person through theater that utilizes a simplicity of means to achieve richness of expression. Original, story-driven, visceral theater straddles the line between mainstream and experimental, elevates design while valuing strong storytelling, and pulls you close and doesn't let go. Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt leads a 16-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 to students from underserved NYC public schools. Over 8 years, Colt Coeur has produced 9 world premieres; developed 36 plays; and provided free arts education for over 120 students. All 9 of Colt Coeur’s world premieres explored themes of resonance to our times while ranging in subject matter from teen pregnancy, to postpartum depression and the struggle to make ends meet for a working-class family, to the underlying appetite for new frontiers that is manifest in applicants looking to travel on a one-way mission to Mars. All of the productions received rave reviews and have gone on to publication and/or subsequent national and international productions. Steven Levenson's Seven Minutes In Heaven was selected by Ars Nova for Antfest and subsequently transferred to the Emerging America Festival in Boston before running for 3 weeks at HERE. Lucas Kavner's Fish Eye ran for 3 weeks at HERE and was included in NY Magazine's "Best of 2011" list. Eliza Clark's Recall had a 4-week run at the Wild Project and also received rave reviews. Nikole Beckwith's satire Everything Is Ours ran for 4 weeks in 2013 at HERE and extended due to demand. Ruby Spiegel's Dry Land made NYPost's Top 10 of 2014 list. How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman was mentioned on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” William Francis Hoffman’s Cal In Camo was co-produced with Rattlestick Theatre and was named a Time Out NY Critic’s Pick. Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira played to critical acclaim at HERE Arts Center and is now being developed as a feature film, and most recently Zürich by Amelia Roper received rave reviews at New York Theater Workshop’s inaugural Next Door Series. The company’s 10th world premiere, Joan, by Stephen Belber, stars Johanna Day and runs January 19-February 16 at HERE in SoHo. All of Colt Coeur’s premieres were directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt.

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