Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A note from Francisco Solorzano...

On behalf of the entire barefoot theatre company - we wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!!! Thank you so much for your generous support and loyalty. We look forward to the upcoming year with excitement.
Keep and eye out for photos from our most recent successful bareNaked Reading Series Weekend which featured the works of our Literary Manager, Stephen Gracia, advisory board members, Mary Gallagher, Israel Horovitz, & Joe Pintauro as well as new plays by Carmen Rivera and students of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY.
New Website to follow as well.
See you soon!!!
Francisco Solorzano
Producing Artistic Director

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

company member...

barefoot theatre company member, Anna Chlumsky takes part in the bareNaked Reading Series once again. Last seen in the reading of Joseph Sousa's Teeth of the Sons directed by Michael LoPorto.

Chlumsky was also seen in barefoot's 40th anniversary revival of Lanford Willson's Balm in Gilead directed by Eric Nightengale, opposite Francisco Solorzano.

Admission for the "bareNaked" readings, priced $10, includes live music and free drinks. Reservations are not required. The readings will take place at the Theaters at 45 Bleecker in Manhattan.

Chlumsky will join the rest of the barefoot theatre company along with special guests including Lynn Cohen, last seen in Israel Horovitz's New Shorts.

Playwrights featured: Israel Horovitz, Joe Pintuaro, Stephen Gracia, Mary Gallagher, Carmen Rivera and students of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, NY.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lynn Cohen joins barefoot theatre company...

Lynn Cohen (Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park's MacBeth; Speilberg's Munich, Sex and the City) can be see once again working with the barefoot theatre company this coming weekend in the bareNaked Reading Series weekend (Friday, December 19th performance,) at the Theatres at 45 Bleecker. She was last seen in barefoot's Israel Horovitz's New Shorts at Theatre Row Theatres in January 08'.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

join us at our 2nd bareNaked Reading Series...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 8pm
new short plays by Mary Gallagher, Carmen Rivera and students of South Side High School in Rockville Centre- Q&A with playwrights following reading, directed by Joli Tribuzio, Victoria Malvagno & Francisco Solorzano; musical guest: Electronic Indie Rock by Dave Triggiano(featuring Christopher LoPorto from A Love Like Pi)

Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 8pm
new works by Joe Pintauro and barefoot Literary Manager, Stephen Gracia; featuring Lynn Cohen, Anna Chlumsky, barefoot theatre company and special guests; directed by Michael LoPorto and Pamela Seiderman; musical guest: Folk-Punk by Rich Stremme and Michael LoPorto+

Saturday, December 20, 2008 @ 8pm
a reading of Israel Horovitz's newest play (in progress); directed by Francisco Solorzano; musical guest: DJ Blest- 1 playing soul classics and live hip hop beats
bareNaked Reading Series is proud to feature:Will Allen, Sandra Berrios*, Jeremy Brena*-, Susanne Bruno, Gabriel Buentello-, P.J. Cirino, Anna Chlumsky*-, Lynn Cohen*, Ron Cohen*, AnaMaria Correa*-, Bobby Ditta, Cassandra Dupler, Charles Everett-, John Gazzale-, Juliet Gennari, John Harlacher*-, Patrizia Hernandez, Josh Iacovelli*, Brittany Kahn, Dan Kriss, Jessica Langer, Kendra Leigh Landon-, Ruben Luque*-, Victoria Malvagno-, Dolores McDougal*, Sean Meehan*, Chiara Montalto-, Brendan Principato, Brian Remy, Kevin Remy, Lorraine Rodriguez*-, Gil Ron*-, Francisco Solorzano*-, Anika Solveig-, Joeseph Sousa, Steven R. Weinblatt, Regina Zarembas
ADMISSION: $10 - No Reservation Required
The Theaters at 45 Bleecker
The Lounge Theater, downstairs
45 Bleecker StreetNew York, NY 10012
(bleecker & lafayette)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

bareNaked is BACK!

After the success of our first ever bareNaked Reading Series with Joseph Sousa's The Teeth Of The Sons, we present three full nights of new works by some established and emerging sure to join us to celebrate these works at the Holiday Season is here!

Thursday, December 18, 2008
new short plays by Mary Gallagher, Carmen Rivera and students of South Side High School in Rockville Center, featuring the barefoot theatre company, students of South Side High School and special guests. Q&A with playwrights following reading directed by special guest directors

Friday, December 19, 2008
new works by Joe Pintauro and barefoot Literary Manager, Stephen Gracia
featuring Lynn Cohen, Anna Chlumsky, barefoot theatre company and special guests
directed by Michael LoPorto and Pamela Seiderman

Saturday, December 20, 2008
a brand new full-length play by Israel Horovitz
featuring special guests
directed by
Francisco Solorzano

All Readings at 8pm.
The Theaters at 45 Bleecker
The Lounge Theater, downstairs
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
(bleecker & lafayette)

The bareNaked Reading Series are evenings of new plays by emerging and established playwrights for the purpose of fostering new works from staged readings, to workshops and on to full-productions. The focus on exploring these new works is on the collaboration between playwright, director and audience without the use of costumes, props, theatrical lighting, and sets. Bringing a compelling story to full life is our goal.

bareNaked Reading Series are made possible with the support of The Theaters at 45 Bleecker: C.J. Thom , Josh Iacovelli, Louise Salamone Joseph Sanchez

Monday, December 8, 2008

Company Member, Lorraine Rodriguez...

Ventures into producing as she takes on the role of Managing Director for East 3rd Productions...Lorraine Rodriguez was last seen in the role of Maria in the stage adaptation of Dog Day Aftternoon this past summer at Theatre Row Theatres. Featured in the cast is Susan Ferrara who was seen in the workshop production of Dog Day Afternoon in the spring of 2007.

East 3rd Ensemble will present its inaugural production, the world premiere of The Weird Sisters, written by Zack Calhoon & directed by Ricardo Riethmuller.
The Weird Sisters is a prequel to William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, wherein the story centers on the creation of the three witches and the psychology behind the infamous character of Lady Macbeth.

December 5 - 20, 2008TIMES: Wed. – Sat. @ 8pm, Sat. @ 2pmTHEATRE: The Gene Frankel Theater ~ 24 Bond StreetTICKETS: $18 Purchase HereRESERVATIONS: (212)352-3101 or (866)811-4111INFORMATION: (212)677-6407

Friday, December 5, 2008

Company Member Anika Solveig...

In keeping with Barefoot's commitment to community outreach andeducation, company member Anika Solveig was hired as a teaching artistfor Long Island University's production of Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit,in the role of Estelle.

Anika will be working with students on stageand off to create a full production of this famous play.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Featured Playwright...

barefoot theatre company is proud to announce Joseph Sousa as our featured playwright with his new play, Teeth Of The Sons presented in our first ever bareNaked Reading Series which took place, Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 8pm at the Theaters at 45 Bleecker.

About The Playwright:
Joseph first began working on Teeth Of The Sons when asked to write a play as part of the Brooklyn College Theater Grant Program. The play had a staged reading of an earlier draft at 78th Street Theatre Lab. Joseph is a proud member of 776 Lincoln Films which is currently editing their first feature documentary, Witch Orphans concerning the lives of Angolian orphans abandoned by their families due to witch craft accusations. Joseph worked as the camera interviewer, and lead translator on the project. He also received his B.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College and recent productions include, The Fool in Lear at The Portland Center For The Performing Arts, Ensemble in the Public's Shakespeare in the Park production of Mother Courage, and Davis in Red Light Winter at the New Workshop Theater. Teeth of the Sons is Joseph's first play, and he is currently finishing his first screenplay, St. Anthony's Feast.

bareNaked Reading Series a success!!!

As promised, here are some photos taken by Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano of barefoot's first ever bareNaked Reading Series featuring the new play, Teeth Of The Sons by Joseph Sousa.

The evening performers were company members, Anna Chlumsky and Christopher Whalen along with Will Allen and Jessica Langer; directed by our very own Michael LoPorto and assistant directed by Vincent Ingrisano.

The event took place at The Theaters at 45 Bleecker, sponsored by The Bean Post Pub in Bayridge Brooklyn. Live music with Michael LoPorto on drums and Joseph Thompson on guitar and vocals. Visit our other sites: and to veiw more upcoming exciting photos from the evening.

Friday, November 28, 2008

barefoot theatre company

is proud to announce the success of their first ever bareNaked Reading Series this past Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at The Theaters at 45 Bleecker.

The audience turn-out was greatly appreciated!!!

It was wonderful to see so many new faces as well as our regulars.


The reading was another success -please stay tuned for photos and update on what's next for Joseph Sousa's brand new play Teeth of the Sons.

There will be a lot of exciting news following the next couple of months so please come back and visit us.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Francisco Solorzano currently...

barefoot's Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano joins the cast of The Real Andromacha along with company member Charles Everett. The staged reading will take place this coming Saturday, November 15 at 6pm.

Francisco and Charles appeared on stage together, directed by Tamilla Woodard in the New York Fringe Festival production of Here. This. Now! in the summer of 2006.

Be sure to catch them reteam with Tamilla in this exciting new play!!!

Saturday, Nov 15th, 2008
6pm: REAL ANDROMACHA: Play in one act and seven aspects of reality by Ximena Escalante (Mexico); directed by Tamilla Woodard; translated by Andrea Thome

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

barefoot theatre company's 1st Annual...

bareNaked Reading Series
no sets, no props, just words
an evening with a new play, live music, and drinks

To kick off this Holiday Season, we present our 1st Annual bareNaked Reading Series at the Theaters at 45 Bleecker (formerly The Culture Project.)
The exciting new play,
Teeth of the Sons, comes from playwright/actor Joseph Sousa directed by Associate Director Michael LoPorto and barefoot company members, Anna Chulmsky (last seen with barefoot in Balm in Gilead) and Christopher Whalen (seen in Beirut Rocks) along with Will Allen (seen in barefoot's 2007 workshop production of Stephen Gracia's Next!) and Jessica Langer. This event will also feature live music by our very own Michael LoPorto and longtime barefoot collaborator Joseph Thompson as well as FREE drinks!!!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 @ 8pm
Admission: $10
No Reservation Required

The Theatres at 45 Bleecker
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

*event made possible with the support of The Theatres at 45 Bleecker.

The bareNaked Reading Series are evenings of new plays by emerging and established playwrights for the purpose of fostering new works from staged readings, to workshops and on to full-productions. The focus on exploring these new works is on the collaboration between playwright, director and audience without the use of costumes, props, theatrical lighting, and sets. Bringing a compelling story to full life is our goal.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Co. Member Anika Solveig Most Recently...

Company member and our new Director of Development, Anika Solveig was most recently seen performing in Minneapolis with Frank Theatre's production of Churchill's VINEGAR TOM, which met with rave reviews! Prior to working with Frank Theatre, Anika appeared in the role of Jenny in Dog Day Afternoon this past July/August as well as the workshop in spring of 2007.

Vinegar Tom was presented by the Ritz Theater, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, at the newly-renovated theatre located at 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

CO. Member Charles Everett with The Internationalists

One of our newest members, Charles Everett (last seen in Stephen Gracia's Next! in 2007) will be seen next weekend with The Internationalists in a staged reading directed by Tamilla Woodard.
The staged reading of Real Andromaca as part of the "Around the World in 24 Hours" Festival will take place at The Space, 300 W. 43rd St. on Sat. Nov. 15th at 6pm. All the info is here:

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano, Managing Director, Victoria Malvagno and company member John Gazzale are invited to appear on the Joey Reynolds Radio LIVE Talk Show during the run of Dog Day Afternoon.

Photo was taken at the studio located in downtown Manhattan following a performance of DDA which featured Victoria Malvagno as Miriam (also costume designer), John Gazzale as Leon and Francisco Solorzano who adapted, directed and appeared in the role of Sonny.

Production photos and reveiws to follow soon.

COMING SOON!!: First Annual Reading Series.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Co. Member Amanda Plant at The Kraine

Most recently seen in Dog Day Afternoon, company member Amanda Plant can currently be seen at the Kraine Theater downtown with:

BritBits 4
short plays for the busy Anglophile

Join Mind The Gap Theatre for the return of our fabulous short play festival featuring brand new short plays by, for or about The British!

Featuring the amazing talents of:
Larry Conroy, Trish McGettrick, Anita Sabherwal, Stephen Pilkington, Mia Moreland, Hollis Hamilton, Sean Heeney, Richard T. Lester, Christine Rendel, Sam Redford, Stephen Donovan, Lucy Rayner, Martin Ewens, Ben Bergin, Luke Tudball, Stuart Williams, Gwenfair Vaughan, Emma Gordon, Amanda Plant & Donna Maria. Under the direction of: Amir Arison, Jeffrey Rega, Montserrat Mendez & MTG Artistic Director/Founder Paula D'Alessandris

Wednesday- Saturday @ 7:30pm
October 29 - November 1, 2008
Call TheaterMania at 212.352.3101 or click
here for tickets
Kraine Theater85 E. 4th St (bet. 2nd & Bowery)
Regular General Admission Tix: $18; $15 in advance with code "BBC4"
Available at the door 30 mins prior to showtime
Reservations highly recommended
Call 212.352.3101 or visit

Saturday, October 25, 2008


This past spring the Barefoot Theatre Company began rehearsals for their fully-staged production of Dog Day Afternoon. The cast featured 11 company members in a cast of 16.

The production followed a successful workshop in March of 2007 at American Theatre of Actors which also featured company member Christopher Whalen as Detective Moretti. The role was played by Gil Ron in the most recent production alongside Jeremy Brena, John Gazzale, John Harlacher, Kendra Leigh Landon, Ruben Luque, Victoria Malvagno, Amanda Plant, Lorriane Rodriquez, Francisco Solorzano and Anika Solveig. Also seen in the production were: Charles Casano, Betty Hudson, Lydia Gladstone (last seen in Barefoot's award winning De Donde? directed by Francisco Solorzano), Joli Tribuzio (assistant directed both the workshop and production of Dog Day Afternoon), and Steven R. Weinblatt.

Company member, Joanna Leigh Jacobsen returned as Stage Manager; Eric Nightengale designed lights with Tasha Guevara bringing back her incredible sound designs and Victoria Malvagno brought her brilliant costume designs. Josh Iacovelli, last seen in Barefoot's Israel Horovitz's New Shorts was on board as Technical Director. Both company members, Pamela Seiderman and Michael LoPorto contributed their feedback during rehearsal process as did Advisory Board member, Israel Horovitz.

Dog Day Afternoon which was adapted and directed by Francisco Solorzano and assistant directed by Joli Tribuzio was Barefoot Theatre Company's second appearance at Theatre Row Theatres. Rehearsal photos above were taken while at the 78th Street Theatre Lab where numerous readings and workshops of the script took place.

Keep an eye out for production photos, brand new website, as well as photos from the benefit performance with guests from original film, sponsored by Barefoot Wines & Bubbly.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Barefoot at the Living Room

Kendra Leigh Landon and Francisco Solorzano revisited the roles they originated in last year's Israel Horovitz's New Shorts for a ONE NIGHT EVENT at The Living Room directed by the playwright and Barefoot Advisory Board Member Israel Horovitz.

The series that pairs a staged reading withLIVE musical accompaniment!
ISRAEL HOROVITZ'S3 HOTELS: A SUITE Directed by Israel Horovitz& Russell M. Kaplan with musical guests Chris Otto & Emily DuFour
Presented by New Sounds Theatre for their Sandbox series.

Short plays in the evening were, Beirut Rocks, The Hotel Play, and 2nd Violin, culled from 6 Hotels, a new collection of short plays from writer/director Israel Horovitz. Musical guest-artists were Chris Otto and Emily DuFour. Also featured the acting talents of Stephanie Janssen, Sean Meehan, and Patrizia Hernandez.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Original Cast Members return to BEIRUT...

May 11, 2008,
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts featured Barefoot Theatre Company members, Kendra Leigh Landon, Francisco Solorzano and Christopher Whalen returning to the roles they originated in Israel Horovitz's Beirut Rocks for the Boston Theatre Marathon. The production was directed by Israel Horovitz and featured Patrizia Hernandez (pictured above) in one of the lead roles. Christopher Whalen came in all the way from the west coast where he currently lives. The Boston Theatre Marathon presented by the Boston Playwright's Theatre, marked Barefoot's 3rd year in the marathon.

The workshop production was originally directed by Associate Director, Michael LoPorto. The workshop was part of Barefoot's Israel Horovitz's New Shorts in Jan 07, marking Barefoot's debut at Theatre Row Theatres. The short play was next seen as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Marathon in the summer of 2007 featuring Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano, alongside Marin Ireland and directed by Jo Bonney. Soon after, in early 2008 Kendra Leigh Landon and Francisco Solorzano reprised their roles once again, touring around Connecticut with PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD. Both company members would continue with their portrayals in Horovitz's short drama at THE LIVING ROOM (photos of event to soon follow.) Beirut Rocks is set for publication early next year and already published in French under, L'avant-scene theatre.

Pictured, right photo with full cast, LtoR: Christopher Whalen, Francisco Solorzano, Patrizia Hernandez and Kendra Leigh Landon backstage at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


One of our meetings this past summer took place at the beautiful home of one of our newest members, Lorriane Rodriguez. Other first timers at the meeting as new barefoot members were, Anna Chlumsky, Charles Everett, and John Harlacher.
We discussed the next step towards our development of new plays as we have done in the past with playwrights such as Israel Horovitz, Stephen Gracia, and Francisco Solorzano. This year we received well over 300 submissions for our upcoming season of new works and are currently working with several new exciting playwrights.
COMING SOON: our first company photo which took place in D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn in early 2008.

A LOOK BACK AT 2007-2008 starting with:

2007-2008 brought us a lot of exciting events including some new members. Although most of the year was spent on the continued development and workshop of Dog Day Afternoon which culminated with a fully staged production at Theatre Row Theatres this past summer (keep an eye out for exciting photos!) we enjoyed some memorable moments.

One of the events this year included the Cinco de Mayo party hosted by our very own Director of Development, Anika Solveig. Friends gathered for a night of music, drinks and fun in order to help raise funds for Barefoot's corporate filing fees. Every little bit helps!

Featured in the photos are Barefoot family member Mark von Sternberg (who just wrote and directed the feature film, Love Simple with Barefoot's Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano, company member, John Harlacher and Advisory Board Member, Israel Horovitz) and our very own company member since 2002, Kendra Leigh Landon. Hope to see YOU at our next event!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Dear Friends, Family and Members:
First, thank you all so much for your continued support and interest. If this is your first year with us, WELCOME! It's been a great 2007-2008 season culminating with our production of Dog Day Afternoon at Theatre Row Theatres. It was an amazing run, with sold-out performances and rave reviews: all around, our most successful venture to date.
We hope that you stay in touch as we enter our 9th year and look forward with great anticipation to our 10th anniversary season. We promise to bring you the visceral, innovative, and thrilling New York City theatre that we have set out to produce since our inception.
Keep an eye out for news and photos of our ensemble members, most recent season, and what's in the works. Please join our family, if you haven't already, at: and At these sites you can also read about us and find many incredible photos of our work.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our next event. Thanks again for visiting and staying in touch.

Francisco Solorzano
Producing Artistic Director

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Company Member John Harlacher Will Scare The Bejezus Out Of You!

Company member John Harlacher (last seen in Dog Day Afternoon)
is in Miami, Florida directing Timothy Haskell's

Nightmare: Ghost Stories

“America’s #1 Haunted House” ( will bring its famed interactive haunted house to Miami this September. The event has been scaring record-breaking crowds of happy ghost seekers on Manhattan’s super-hot Lower East Side for four years."

Nightmare Miami

Monday, September 29, 2008

Company Member Anika Solveig in a New Production

Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed play VINEGAR TOM

Company Member Anika Solveig, last seen in DOG DAY AFTERNOON at Theatre Row, is currently in Minneapolis with Frank Theatre's production of Churchill's VINEGAR TOM, which met with rave reviews!

"Vinegar Tom is a tough and thought-provoking play... I left the theater sure that the
production is an unmistakable success." - David De Young, How Was The Show.Com

"Frank Theatre delivers a beautiful, unrelieved journey into historical misogyny and witchcraft."
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota

Vinegar Tom will be presented by the Ritz Theater, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, at the newly-renovated theatre located at 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Tickets are $20-$25. For tickets and reservations, please call the Ritz box office at (612) 436-1129 or by go to

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Project by Barefoot Associate Director Michael LoPorto

One Night Only: Broadway Sings in Jersey

In the 70's you had Studio 54, Saturday Night Fever, Donna Summer and DISCO helping to dominate pop culture. On Broadway, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, The Wiz, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show and more helped redefine the Broadway sound.

For ONE NIGHT ONLY 70's pop culture and Broadway will collide on stage so the last days of disco can be brought back to life! A cast of Broadway performers and dancers will take us back through time with incredible performances and electric dance numbers.

Feel the beat.

Hosted by Lea Delaria

Stanley Bahorek (Spelling Bee)
Kirsten Bracken (Hairspray)
Rodney Hicks (RENT, JCS)
Justin Keyes (The Apple Tree)
Ryan Knowles (Aladdin)
Heather Parcells (A Chorus Line)
Patina Renea-Miller (HAIR)
Josh Rouah (Grease)
Louise Stewart (Hedwig and The Angry inch)
with more to be announced!

and with:
Michael McArthur
Jarod Neelan
Adam Gold
Jere Hunt
Christine Keneally
Patricia Arenson
Jenna Liberati
Jessica Burns
Chris Crowthers
Stephanie Laughlin
Matthew Wagner
Alexandra Smith
Lizzie Snyder
Caitlin Krause

Directed by: Michael LoPorto
Choreography : Geoffrey Doig-Marx
Set Design: Stephen K. Dobay
Lighting Design: Ryan Metzler
Sound Design: Kate Foretek
Musical Supervision: Charles Czarnecki

Thursday, July 31, 2008


"...clearly a labor of love for Francisco Solorzano, who not only wrote and directed the theatrical version but also stars in it. Given the physical impossibility of mounting anything on a stage that could compare with Sidney Lumet’s gripping movie, Mr. Solorzano has done a creditable job...A solid cast. Mr. Solorzano and Jeremy Brena are convincing as Sonny and Sal...Amanda Plant and Gil Ron are especially good as Sylvia, the chief teller, and Moretti, the police detective. Joli Tribuzio, who assisted with the directing, delivers a nice turn as Angie, Sonny’s bickering wife." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

LIVE on the Joey Reynolds Show

Joey Reynolds Show WOR

Catch Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano, Managing Director, Victoria Malvagno and company member John Gazzale on Live Talk Radio.

Listen in as they get interveiwed about Barefoot's current production Dog Day Afternoon - currently playing at Theatre Row Studios in New York City.

Francisco Solorzano currently plays Sonny with Victoria Malvagno in the role of Miriam, bank teller and costume designer, and John Gazzale as Leon.
RADIO WOR is 710 on your am dial,
or & he's on from midnight to 5am.

And be sure to catch DOG DAY AFTERNOON now running until Aug 16th!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008

Co. Member Christopher Whalen on screen with Lisa Kudrow

Company member Christopher Whalen, last seen in Beirut Rocks at the Boston Theatre Marathon and the workshop production of Dog Day Afternoon, can currently be seen in a scene with Lisa Kudrow in the Warner Bros. picture, P.S. I Love You starring Hillary Swank -
Now on DVD!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Francisco Solorzano in feature film BETWEEN SOMETHNG & NOTHING

Currently in rehearsals for Dog Day Afternoon, Producing Artistic Director can be seen in the feature film Between Something & Nothing directed by Todd Verow which premiered last night at the AMC Lowes on 34th Street as part of NEWFEST.

Between Something & Nothing written, directed and edited by Todd Verow will also be seen at the Philadelphia Int'l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
July 10th - 22nd,; MIX MEXICO 2008: TWELFTH SEXUAL DIVERSITY FILM/ VIDEO FESTIVAL, Mexico City end of May; begining of June TLV Fest: Israel LGBT Film Festival Tel Aviv June 24th - 28th

DVD: BETWEEN SOMETHING & NOTHING comes out on DVD in France (under it's French title: LE CHOIX DE JOE) next month.

BSN comes out on DVD in the US through waterbearerfilms in the late fall.

Co. Member Lorraine Rodriguez in the ULTIMATE Latina Theater Festival

Lorraine Rodriguez, currently in rehearsal for Dog Day Afternoon playing the role of Maria, appears in the Latina Theater Festival this month!

"The Imaginary Invalid". Two Shows only. Purchase your tickets ASAP!!! performing on the June 10th at 8pm and June 14th---at 3pm.To purchase tickets go to:

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In the works since 2003...

Barefoot Theatre Company finally presents the world premiere (following its workshop production in 2007) of Dog Day Afternoon, a new play based on actual events that inspired the academy award winning film directed by Sidney Lumet and screenplay by Frank Pierson.

Will be presented this summer for a limited engagement:
July 16-August 16, 2008
thursday thru Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm with two Wednesday performances: July 16th and August 13th at 8pm. There is no performance on August 17th.

Special Benefit Performance: August 1, 2008: $75
admission includes: (2) complimentary tixs to Fall Project that will include new plays by Advisory Board Member, Israel Horovitz and will take place at Theatre Row Theatres - as well as a bottle of wine supplied by Barefoot Wines, gifts and more; Q&A with cast, directors, company members as well as actors from the film as real people from the actual event will follow the performance.

Featuring company members: Jeremy Brena*, John Gazzale, John Harlacher*, Kendra Leigh Landon, Ruben Luque*, Victoria Malvagno, Amanda Plant, Lorriane Rodriguez*, Gil Ron*, Francisco Solorzano*, Anika Solveig, and stage managed by Joanna Leigh Jacobsen*, costumes by Victoria Malvagno, with lighting design by one of our very own board of directors Eric Nightengale.

Also featuring: Charles Casano, Lydia Gladstone*, Betty Hudson*, Joli Tribuzio and Steven R. Weinblatt.

Sound Designer, Tasha Guevara*
Costume Design, Victoria Malvagno
Set Designer, Adam Rodriguez
Lighting Design, Eric Nightengale
Grapic Design, equus, ink.
Technical Director, Josh Iacovelli*
House Manager, David J. Rodriguez

All peformances will take place at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row Theatres
410 West 42nd Street, bet 9th and 10th Avenues

for tickets call or visit: Ticket Central, 212-279-4200:

production original reading and workshop at the 78th Street Theatre Lab: Eric Nightengale, Aritistic Director; Ruth Nightengale, Managing Director

*denotes member of AEA

Friday, May 30, 2008

Barefoot Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

Acclaimed playwright, actor, director and Steppenwolf Theatre Company member- Austin Pendleton along with Ballroom Champions, Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Marceau.

Austin Pendleton began his artistic relationship with Steppenwolf by directing Say Goodnight, Gracie for the 1979-1980 season. In addition to directing at Steppenwolf, Austin has appeared as an actor in such productions as Uncle Vanya, Valparaiso and Educating Rita (also Off-Broadway). His film work is as diverse as A Beautiful Mind, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge and The Muppet Movie. His award-winning plays include Booth, Uncle Bob and Orson's Shadow, which received its world premiere in the Steppenwolf Garage. Broadway: The Diary of Anne Frank; Doubles; Hail Strawdyke; Fiddler on the Roof; Off-Broadway: The Sunset Limited; Richard II; Hamlet; Richard III; The Last Sweet Days of Isaac; Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad; New Repertory Theatre, Boston: King Lear; Waiting for Godot. L.A. Drama Critics Award - Best Writing (Orson's Shadow); Clarence Derwent Award (Hail Strawdyke); Obie Award (The Last Sweet Days of Isaac).

Showdance champions and Broadway dance couple Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Marceau founded American Ballroom Theater (ABrT) in 1984 and established the company’s educational arm, Dancing Classrooms, in 1994. Internationally renowned performers and teachers, Dulaine & Marceau are four-time winners of the British Exhibition Championships, earned the 1993 Dance Magazine Award, and received the 1989-1990 Astaire Award for Best Dancing on Broadway, in the roles they created and choreographed as the mellifluous couple in Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel.
Dulaine & Marceau have been faculty members at both the School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School, as well as guest teachers at Alvin Ailey. In 2005 they received the Americans for the Arts Award for education.
Most recently their influence has extended into films, with the major motion picture, Take The Lead. The film, starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, was inspired by Pierre’s teaching experience in schools. Ms. Marceau has choreographed for various companies and events, including the Julia Roberts film Mona Lisa Smile.
“Ms. Marceau and Mr. Dulaine are dancing dreams, and the way they melt into and out of each other’s arms ought to serve as a required course in partnering for the young.”
- The New York Times

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Eightballs Extended!

EIGHTBALLS: A Cocaine Comedy directed by Barefoot’s Associate Director Michael LoPorto has been extended!

This incredibly funny, kinetic play chronicles the destruction and strengthening of several friendships throughout one cocaine-fueled night.

The new nights are:

Weds. June 4th - 8pm
Thurs. June 5th - 8pm
Fri. June 6th - 8pm
Weds. June 11th - 8pm
Thus. June 12th - 8pm
Fri. June 13th - 8pm
Sat. June 14th – 8pm
Sun. June 15th – 7pm

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Artistic Director Francisco Solorzano and Kendra Leigh Landon at The Living Room

Please join us as company members Francisco Solorzano and Kendra Leigh Landon revisit the roles they originated in last year's Israel Horovitz's New Shorts for a ONE NIGHT EVENT at The Living Room directed by the playwright and Barefoot Advisory Board Member Israel Horovitz.
The series that pairs a staged reading withLIVE musical accompaniment!

ISRAEL HOROVITZ'S3 HOTELS: A SUITE Directed by Israel Horovitz& Russell M. Kaplanwith musical guestsChris Otto & Emily DuFour

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!Sunday 6/1, 6pmThe Living Room (154 Ludlow Street)$5 suggested donation

For our newest Sandbox night, we're thrilled to bring you "Beirut Rocks", "The Hotel Play", and "2nd Violin", culled from 6 Hotels, a new collection of short plays from the pen of legendary writer/director Israel Horovitz. These moving, insightful, and often funny plays explore the lives of jilted lovers, politically-charged students, struggling musicians - in hotel rooms from New York to Beirut. Co-directed by Mr. Horovitz himself! Musical guest-artists Chris Otto and Emily DuFour are concert string players of the highest order, who have performed at festivals worldwide, with a diverse repertoire of original compositions, classical staples, and improvisation.
Featuring the acting talents ofStephanie Janssen, Kendra-Leigh Landon, Sean Meehan,Francisco Solorzano, and Patrizia Hernandez
"For years, Israel Horovitz has been an undisputed master of the short play format.""Watching these new one-acts by one of the American Theatre's most respected contemporary playwrights is like looking at Picasso's rough sketches. We feel privileged to peer over the shoulder of an innovative thinker as he flexes his creative muscles." -Backstage
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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Anna Chlumsky marks 25th Member

Barefoot Theatre Company welcomes our newest company member:
Anna Chlumsky most recently seen in LAByrinth Theatre Company's Unconditional at The Public Theater, has also appeared as Darlene in Barefoot's 40th Anniversary revival of Lanford Wilson's Balm In Gilead.

Friday, May 9, 2008

This new play is being directed by Barefoot Theatre's Associate Director, Michael LoPorto.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Co. member at 78th Street Theatre

John Harlacher peforms final performances
in Mrs. Gaskell's Lover at
the 78th Street Theatre Lab
after a successful three week run!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Running Barefoot in the Boston Theatre Marathon, May 11th

Barefoot Theatre Company is taking part in the Boston Theatre Marathon for the 3rd time, performing Israel Horovitz's Beirut Rocks which will feature the original cast from the Barefoot workshop in Jan 07: Kendra Leigh Landon, Christopher Whalen, and Francisco Solorzano and featuring Patrizia Hernandez.

This production will be directed by Israel Horovitz.

Barefoot Theatre Company is seeking new works

Our new play submission guidelines are available here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

company member Amanda Plant and Austin Pendleton

Sunday, April 20th - company member Amanda Plant played beautifully to a sold-out house in her last performance in Tennessee Williams' Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen directed by Barefoot Advisory Board member Austin Pendleton at HB Studios.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Schooled and Unschooled

Company member Anika Solvieg is appearing in:

"Schooled and Unschooled" a performance piece (part play, part essay, part class, and part documentary) about the role institutionalized schooling plays in the construction of political, emotional, and social behavior in the U.S.

Combining over 50 interviews, Foucault's Discipline and Punish, sound design and music by Brian McCorkle, projected mental models, and 10 rubber balls, the piece literally tests and examines the audience and the methods of teaching alongside human processes of learning.

April 11th and 12th
at 8pm both nights
Dixon Place
258 Bowery across from the New Museum, 2nd Floor.
Cheap tickets ($9/$12) and cheap beer.

Conceived and Directed by Esther Neff
Music and Sound by Brian McCorkle
With: Rachel Handshaw, Michael Connely, Marisa Merrigan, Anika Solvieg, Danielle Faitleson, Ian Dunn, and Mary Sheridan.
Produced by The Panoply Theatre Laboratory