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NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE of “NICKY” by BONI B. ALVAREZ ▪︎ OPENS JUNE 3 at 8pm

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY

LA’S PAY WHAT YOU WANT THEATRE COMPANY

 PRESENTS

NICKY

A WORLD PREMIERE PLAY

 BY BONI B. ALVAREZ

DIRECTED BY BETH LOPES

OPENS SATURDAY, JUNE 3

AT THE GREENWAY COURT THEATRE

Coeurage Theatre Company 2017 logoCoeurage Theatre Company, LA’s Pay What You Want theatre company, has announced the first production of its eighth season, the world premiere of Nicky, by acclaimed Los Angeles playwright Boni B. Alvarez. Directed by Beth Lopes, there will be two preview performances on June 1 and 2 at 8pm and opening is set for Saturday, June 3 at 8pm. Nicky will play through July 1 at the Greenway Court Theatre. 

The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Chris Aguila, Jamie Barcelon, Ted Barton, Alexis Genya, Taylor Hawthorne, Mark Jacobson, Daniel Kaemon, Nardeep Khurmi, Jeremy Lelliott, Julia Silverman, Emily Swallow, Cyrus Wilcox, Sandy Yu,and Carolyn Zeller. Scenic design is by Benoît Guerrin, lighting design is by Azra King-Abadi, costume design is by Karen Curry, and sound design is by Michelle Stann. The stage manager is Summer Grubaugh.

Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, playwright Alvarez transforms the world of 1800s Russia into  present-day Palm Springs.  Under  the  piercing  desert  sun,  characters plod through the unforgiving heat, clinging to their self-described identities while chasing after and running away from their true desires. Nicky was developed in the Coeurage CoLab.

Boni B. Alvarez is a Los Angeles-based playwright whose plays have been produced and/or developed at Playwrights’ Arena, Skylight Theatre, Chalk Rep, Second Generation (2g), The Vagrancy, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Teatro Bravo, and Interact Theatre. His plays include Before We Do, Bloodletting, Dusty De Los Santos, Marabella, The Special Education of Miss Lorna Cambonga, Poke Back, Dallas Non-Stop, The Debut of Georgia, and others. His works have been finalists for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project, and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission. Alvarez has participated in Playwrights’ Arena’s New Pages Lab, the CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, Skylight Theatre’s Play Lab, and Center Theatre Group’s Writers’ Workshop.

Director Beth Lopes received a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine. Recent projects include the regional premiere ofGrand Concourse with Theatre Horizon, the world premiere of Alex Burkart’s Atlas Pit(LA New Court Theatre), and the development of a new rock musical, The Merry Lives of Windsor High, with LA company mediaV. Later this summer, Lopes will be directing The Taming of the Shrew at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival.

Coeurage Theatre Company exists to make impassioned theatre accessible for all audiences through Pay What You Want admission and fresh, challenging productions. The company’s name is inspired by a re–imagining of the word courage — coeur is French for heart, and rage, meaning fervor; on fire. Together, Coeurage (pronounced “courage”) is a heart enflamed with passion, which the company strives to bring to every production.

There will be two preview performances of Nicky on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 at 8pm and opening is set for Saturday, June 3 at 8pm. The regular running schedule is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm through July 1. All seats are available on a Pay What You Want basis and may be reserved online at www.greenwaycourttheatre.org/nicky or by calling (323) 673-0544.

The Greenway Court Theatre is located at 544 N. Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the theatre.

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05-10-17

NEWS RELEASE ▪︎ COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2017 SEASON

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY

LA’S PAY WHAT YOU WANT THEATRE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES 2017 SEASON

NICKY
A WORLD PREMIERE BY BONI B. ALVAREZ 

EMILIE: LA MARQUISE DU CHATELET
DEFENDS HER LIFE TONIGHT
BY LAUREN GUNDERSON

THE SECRET IN THE WINGS
BY MARY ZIMMERMAN

Coeurage Theatre Company 2017 logoCoeurage Theatre Company in Los Angeles (Jeremy Lelliott, Artistic Director; Nicole Monet, Executive Director), now beginning its eighth season, has announced its upcoming slate of three plays including Nicky, a world premiere by acclaimed LA playwright Boni B. Alavarez, Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson, and The Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman.

Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, Nicky transforms the world of 1800s Russia into present day Palm Springs. Under the piercing desert sun, characters plod through the unforgiving heat clinging to their self–described identities while chasing after and running away from their true desires. This world premiere play was developed in the Coeurage CoLAB. Directed by Beth Lopes, Nicky will run June 3–July 1.

In Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight, the vibrant 18th century French physicist and mathematician returns for one night to defend her legacy and finish the groundbreaking work for which she was denounced until after her death. This witty, sexy, and passionate exploration harkens back to history – recounting her intellectual and romantic entanglements, including an affair with Voltaire. Emilie will be directed by Coeurage company member Julianne Donelle and is scheduled to run August 12–September 9.

The Secret in the Wings is a witty, magical, and darkly mysterious collage of lesser-known fairy tales. Written by celebrated playwright Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses), the play explores simple parables in the context of a surreal, tempestuous dream. Brought to imaginative life by Joseph V. Calarco, Coeurage Associate Artistic Director and Ovation Award–nominated director of The Sparrow and The Yellow Boat, The Secret in the Wingswill run November 11–December 16.

Coeurage’s acclaimed production of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins, first produced in July and August of 2015, was recently honored by being the inaugural show in Center Theatre Group’s new ‘CTG Block Party’ program. The production, directed by Michael Matthews, received the full support of Center Theatre Group and its staff in order to fund, stage, and market the show. Failure played 11 performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

Coeurage Theatre Company exists to make impassioned theatre accessible for all audiences through Pay What You Want admission and fresh, challenging productions. The company’s name is inspired by a re–imagining of the word courage — coeur is French for heart, and rage, meaning fervor; on fire. Together, Coeurage is a heart enflamed with passion, which the company strives to bring to every production.

For more information, visit www.coeurage.org.

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 04-24-17

 

NEWS RELEASE — COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY BENEFIT READING FOR KPCC RADIO HOST STEVE JULIAN — SUNDAY 1/17 at 7:30pm

COEURAGE THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES BENEFIT READING OF
HEAD OVER HEELS
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY ERIC CZULEGER
In Honor of KPCC Radio Host Steve Julian

ONE NIGHT ONLY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 7:30PM

Steve JulianCoeurage Theatre Company (Jeremy Lelliott, Artistic Director; Nicole Monet, Managing Director), LA’s only Pay What You Want company, has announced a special one night only reading of Head Over Heels, a play written and directed by Coeurage resident playwright Eric Czuleger, on Sunday, January 17 at 7:30pm at The Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood. Proceeds from the event will go toward the ongoing medical care of Steve Julian, host of ‘Morning Edition’ on KPCC Radio and Coeurage board member.

In November 2015, Steve Julian was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma Multiforme cancer, a brain tumor that grows aggressively and spreads quickly. All proceeds from this benefit reading will go directly to assisting with Julian’s medical expenses and ongoing care. A friend of Coeurage since its founding, his enthusiastic review of its inaugural production of Head Over Heels in 2010 was the first media recognition for the company.

The play: women on the verge of a hysterical breakthrough. Love letters we never thought we’d read, plus rants and raves from women you know and some you don’t. They’re all Head Over Heels.

All actors in the reading appeared in the original production. They are (in alphabetical order) Kay Aston, Julianne Donelle, Aimee Karlin, Selin Mehrabian, Nicole Monet, and Sammi Smith.

Eric Czuleger is a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Albania, 2011—2013). Head Over Heels and its male companion piece L.A. Lights Fire recently finished a three-month run at 13th Street Rep in New York City. Czuleger’s novels include Immortal L.A. and Eternal L.A. He is currently at work on a graphic novel with artist Ange Cox.

Tickets for the Coeurage Theatre Company benefit reading of Head Over Heels are available on a Pay What You Want basis online at www.coeurage.org or by calling (323) 944-2165. To donate directly to Steve Julian’s medical care, go to https://pages.giveforward.com/medical/page-qkl56r3/.

The Historic Lankershim Arts Center is located at 5108 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, 91601. Street parking is available.

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01-06-16