Colt Coeur's World Premiere of POLYLOGUES by XANDRA NUR CLARK
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:53 pm EDT 08/16/21

Colt Coeur

Friday, September 17-Saturday, October 9, 2021

HERE Arts Center

Polylogues is an interview-based solo show that investigates real people’s experiences with nonmonogamy—and love in all its forms. Writer/performer Xandra Nur Clark is more like a medium than an actor, listening on headphones to interviews while performing them. By providing anonymity to each interviewee, Xandra virtuosically channels the voices and stories we would never have access to if the storytellers’ identities were known. The result is a vibrant, intimate community forged on and off the stage through a wide range of perspectives—from a polyamorous senior to a child worried about her open parents, from a resident of a commune to an evangelical swinger, and from the fully committed to the cautiously curious. Polyloguesexamines what 21st century humans want in relationships, what we’re afraid of, and the many ways we are capable of loving beyond what any single one of us can imagine.

Previews begin Friday, September 17th with an official opening set for Monday, September 20th. General admission tickets are priced at $25 and are available at here.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.

Molly Clifford directs, with scenic design for POLYLOGUES by Jean Kim; costume design by Hahnji Jang; lighting design by Cheyenne Sykes; sound design by Michael Costagliola; projection design by greer x; production management and technical direction by Marina Montesanti. Joy Lanceta Coronel is the Dialect Coach. Colt Coeur is producing, with Sarah Bellin as line-producer. Hanako Rodriguez is Production Stage Manager.

Colt Coeur, an artists' ensemble, collaboratively creates theater from the ground up. Founded in 2010, Colt Coeur has created and produced twelve world premieres: Seven Minutes in Heaven, together as a company with 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, and Cal in Camo, by William Francis Hoffman (co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Empathitrax, by Ana Nogueira, Zürich, created through a Toulmin Commission grant with playwright Amelia Roper, Joan by Stephen Belber, Hatef**k by Rehana Lew Mirza (co-pro with WP Theater), and Eureka Day by Jonathan Spector (East Coast premiere). All twelve of these productions were directed by Founding Artistic Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt and were New York Times and/or Time Out New York critic’s picks. After playing to sold-out houses, many have gone on to publication and productions around the country and abroad.

Xandra Nur Clark (writer/performer, they/she)
Xandra is a queer, Indian-American writer, performer, journalist, and community-builder. Their works include POLYLOGUES (2020 Kilroys List, 2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, 2018-19 Workshop Productions at Dixon Place and The Tank); Everything You’re Told (2021 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award, 2019 Reading at La MaMa); Separated (2021 Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference); Anthology: Crown Heights(2016 Production at Weeksville Heritage Center and Exhibition at Five Myles; 2016 Grants from Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Stanford Arts); and RETURNING HOME: VOICES FROM THE FRONT (2013 General Oliver P. Smith Award for Local Reporting from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation). Xandra is a 2018-19 Queer|Art Fellow, a Member Artist of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and a singer with folk choir Ukrainian Village Voices. Upcoming Residencies at MASS MoCA, Blue Mountain Center, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. BA Theater, MA Journalism: Stanford University. www.xandraclark.com

Molly Clifford (Director, she/her)
NYC Directing: RETREAT (EST/Youngblood, Two Headed Rep), Karaoke at The Golden Sun Convention Center, Miss Julie, Restaurant in D Major, TARTUFFE (Two Headed Rep), American Dreamers by Lia Romeo (West of 10th), Soldier (All For One), The Elephant in the Room (NY Fringe). Assisting: Classic Stage, Playwrights Realm, The Play Company, Vineyard Theatre, EST, Cherry Lane and Yale Rep. Alumna of the National Theater Institute and Connecticut College. Co-Artistic Director of Two Headed Rep. Upcoming: Dulcitius at 59E59. www.mollyclifforddirects.com

The performance schedule for POLYLOGUES is Mondays & Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Opening night is Monday, September 20th. POLYLOGUES will run through Saturday, October 9th, with a closing night benefit performance and after-party for Colt Coeur.

POLYLOGUES plays at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring). Tickets start at $25 and are general admission and may be purchased at www.here.org or by phoning 212.352.3101. For more information, visit www.coltcoeur.org.

All audience members must show proof of vaccination.

This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

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