“Ms. Coloff’s touch is light, her presence warm. She’s not sentimental — and idiosyncratic touches, like a giant red bonnet, an enormous hand-stitched denim cape and tough-to-pin-down lyrics, keep things helpfully weird — but she isn’t unemotional. She is, simply, honest.” — Zachary Woolfe, New York Times

Tracing the secrets of her family history, Coloff glides between idyllic childhood memories, unanswered questions and her roller coaster ride of fertility treatments. ThisTree weaves autobiographical storytelling, Regular 8 home movies, and Coloff’s signature blend of blues, rock and non-traditional cello playing, supported by an all female band, to investigate the vantage point of being the last branch on the family tree.

Written, Composed and Performed by Leah Coloff

Directed by Ellie Heyman

Prototype Festival, HERE Arts Center

Music Director: Rima Fand I Set Design: Carolyn Mraz I Costume Design: Haydee Antunano I Lighting Design: Mary Ellen Stebbins I Sound Design: Tyler Kieffer I Video Design: Kevin Loney I Stage Manager: Marsha Smith I Band: Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks (Drums), Christina Courtin (Violin, Voice), Hilary Hawke (Banjo, Clarinet, Voice), Jessica Lurie (Flute, Saxophone), Jennifer Maidman (Bass), and Annie Whitehead (Trombone)