Monday, January 26, 2009

barefoot reading series....

On November 25th 2008 we held our first ever bareNaked Reading Series hosted by the theaters at 45 Bleecker. Our mission with the reading series is to provide playwrights with the opportunity to hear their new play in front of an audience while they're in the midst of their process - to see and hear what works and what needs improvement.

The new play is directed with minimal rehearsal time in order to keep it fresh and raw and then presented in a safe, fun environment that's celebrated with drinks and live music.

An evening of theater, live music and drinks!!!!!! and cheaper than a movie ticket: $10.
Following the success of our first reading with a new play by Joseph Sousa, we followed up with a bareNaked Reading Series Weekend - with three nights of new works by
high school students, emerging and established, award winning playwrights. In 2008 we went out with a bang as we presented the bareNaked Reading Series on three consecutive nights: Dec 18, 19, 20 all at the downstairs theater at 45 Bleecker.

The first evening featured a combination of short plays by established award winning playwrights: Mary Gallagher (also on barefoot's advisory board), Carmen Rivera and students of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York. The high school students are taught in the drama department by Pamela Seiderman, a director and Barefoot Theatre Company member.

The following evening, December 19th, we presented a short play by another advisory board member, Joe Pintauro and several short plays by our very own Literary Manager, Stephen Gracia.
On December 20th, our final evening we present a brand new, never before heard full-length play by a third advisory board member, Israel Horovitz. The play also featured three students from South Side High School.

The directors were Michael LoPorto, Pamela Seiderman, Francisco Solorzano and Joli Tribuzio (last seen in Dog Day Afternoon) and featured over 35 actors. An overall success with audiences coming out even during a snow storm, the bareNaked Reading Series promises to be a tradition of great night of theater, live music and festivities.
Be sure to keep and eye and ear out for our upcoming readings.
Up Next: A new play by C.J. Thom and directed by Michael LoPorto on Tuesday, January 27 at 8pm; mainstage at the theatres of 45 Bleecker.
Watch out for more exciting photos from past events on facebook and myspace.

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