COTE Tales is Co-Op Theatre East's bi-monthly new-play reading series.
January 2009's COTE Tales explored the effects of transitions on families, loved ones, and enemies in both times of war and peace. Presented were:
* Undertaking, written by Rob Florence, in which two brothers argue over the rights of burial while confronting their own buried sibling rivalries;
* David Meth's To The Death of My Own Family, which follows a young Afghan woman who must come to terms with a trip home that changed the shape of her family forever; and,
* Jami Brandli'a Was, which calls to account the blood ties between soldiers on opposite sides of the fighting line.
See photos from January's performance (and the excellent post-show discussion with playwrights Rob Florence and David Meth) on COTE's Picasa page.
In Her Own Words: Retelling Herstory
The March 2009 edition of COTE Tales celebrated Women's History Month, and was held Sunday, March 29th. Plays:
by Safa Samiezade'-Yazd
featuring Rasha Zamamiri as "Safa"
Elizabeth's Book about Mary
by Sylvia Manning
featuring Lauren McCullough as "Elizabeth," Kate Garfield as "Mary," and Betsy Head as "Betty."
The Limits of Power
June 2009's COTE Tales featured our talented friends Stephen Hensel and Amy Chang reading two new works from New York playwrights Ian Grody and COTE Artistic Director Robert A. K. Gonyo.
by Ian Grody
When an illegally-acquired automatic weapon is used in a school shooting, the CEO and Chief Engineer of the company that produced the gun do damage control as it's revealed that both know more than they care to admit about how the weapon hit the street.
by Robert A. K. Gonyo
As a newcomer to the business plied into awkwardly helping his impertinent boss, Johnson begins to see just how little he really knew of the way things work.
Revolution & Resolutions
The 2009-10 COTE Tales series began Sunday, December 6 at 6 p.m. with the reading of two new plays:
Double or Nothing: A short steampunk play
by Rebecca Nesvet
In this steampunk parable inspired by the life of a historical prisoner of conscience, magazine editor Leigh Hunt, jailed for printing an revolutionary editorial, receives a visit in his cell from a mysterious woman from the Poetry Society. She offers him the chance to keep his magazine going: by letting an automaton she has designed, which is programmed with Huntís own knowledge and beliefs, take over as Editor-in-Chief.
by Elaine Romero
In Latin America, at the height of a military regime, a mother learns that a young revolutionary has been murdered in the plaza. She risks everything to find out if the young man is her grown son.
Actors: Adam Schneider, Alex Herald, Sheira Feuerstein
"I Can't Believe We're Still Talking About This:" plays about the contraception debate
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Looking Glass Theatre
by Philip Kaplan
Mitt Romney befriends three fetuses and shows that he cares more about them, then anyone actually born.
Drinks and Discussion with John and Jane
by Rachel Arbeit
When a hard-working 20-something woman sits at a bar next to a middle-aged Brooklyn man, the conversation quickly becomes politics, a topic they do not agree on. Will the drinks stay in their glasses, or get thrown in some faces?