The world premiere of Ana Nogueira’s Empathitrax, presented by Colt Coeur with direction by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, officially opens September 13 Off-Broadway. In the new drama, a young couple tries a pill that promises instant emotional intimacy in the hope of saving their relationship.
Colt Coeur, helmed by Campbell-Holt, returns Off-Broadway following its acclaimed production of Cal in Camo. Empathitrax, billed as a “searing, darkly funny” story, began performances September 10 at HERE Arts Center.
The cast is made up of House of Cards actor Jimmi Simpson, Justine Lupe (Younger) and Genesis Oliver (How to Live on Earth).
“When Empathitrax hits the market promising instant emotional intimacy by divining what others feel, one couple takes the leap to eliminate all boundaries between them,” state production notes. “Like any new drug, there are unforeseen side effects which in this instance have poignant and shattering consequences.”
The scenic design for Empathitrax is by Reid Thompson; costume design is by Sarah Laux; lighting design is by Grant Yeager; sound design is by Matt Otto; properties design is by Shannon O’Brien; production management is by Michael Leahy; and technical direction is by Sean Gorski. Colt Coeur is producing, with Jessica Rieken as line producer and Nick Walsh as associate producer.
Empathitrax plays HERE, located at 145 Sixth Avenue, New York. Tickets are $18 general admission and may be purchased at here.org or by phoning (212) 352-3101. For more information, visit coltcoeur.org.
(Updated September 13, 2016)