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The Big and the Small


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Colt Coeur presents The Big and the Small
By Amelia Roper
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt


April 14, 2018—May 6, 2018

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Read Synopsis

Funerals are for the living. What happened and why and who did it and how, none of that matters in the moments before. This is a play about the moments before. THE BIG AND THE SMALL is a series of two-handers, each in identical hotel 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 THE BIG AND THE SMALL, as well as the tension between public vs. private and assimilation vs. diversity.


Amelia Roper / Playwright

Amelia 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

Adrienne 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.

Colt Coeur / Producing Company

During the past 7 years, Colt Coeur has produced 8 world premieres; developed 28 plays; and provided free arts education to 100+ NYC students. Taking a multi-pronged approach to development and education, we nurture emerging theater artists in our annual Parity Plays Festival, our Play Hotel reading series, and in our annual free Education Initiative for underserved NYC public school students. We create plays from scratch and produce stunning world premieres on shoestring budgets. All 8 of our productions have been published and had subsequent productions nationally and internationally. With outlets including The New York Times and Variety writing rave reviews of our productions, Colt Coeur has served as a launching ground for nationally-celebrated artists including Tony-winners Steven Levenson (playwright) and Paloma Young (costume designer), and actor Ato Essandoh. We have also built partnerships with organizations including HERE, St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York Theatre Workshop, Women’s Project and Rattlestick.