Thursday, July 30, 2009

Advisory Board member, Israel Horovitz

Barefoot Theatre Company Advisory Board member and playwright celebrated in our 70/70 Horovitz Project can be seen interviewed in the new documentary about the lengendary actor, John Cazale. Cazale appeared in numerous plays by Israel Horovitz including The Indian Wants The Bronx opposite Al Pacino in 1965.

John Cazale only appeared in 5 motion pictures prior to his death but all five films went on to be honored with the Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and today those films remain classics. One of the five films Cazale made his mark in was Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon which was adapted for the stage by Francisco Solorzano for the Barefoot Theatre Company and premiered in 2008 at Theatre Row Theatres.

To find out more on the documentary please visit:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Barefoot Goes Hollywood!

On August 2nd, 2009 Barefoot Theatre Company will present Project # 7 of the 70/70 Horovitz Project on the west coast - a reading of Israel Horovitz's 6 Hotels at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, California.

Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano, Managing Director, Victoria Malvagno and Company Manager Christopher Whalen lead a cast with Barefoot member, Dedra McCord-Ware, Barefoot family, A.J. Handegard, Alona Dadiani and special guest Lucas Alifano.

6 Hotels features the acclaimed Beirut Rocks, originally developed by the Barefoot Theatre Company (Francisco Solorzano and Christopher Whalen will read the roles they originated), The Hotel Play, The Audition Play and three new works: Fiddleheads And Lovers, Speaking of Tushy and 2nd Violin. The reading is in preperation for a full production of the collection in the fall - opening the 10th Anniversary Season.

Friday, July 24, 2009

our very own Anna Chlumsky!

Congratulations to company member Anna Chlumsky for the success of her current film, In The Loop staring James Gandolfini. Anna was on E! last night in a feature that followed her comeback since her breakout role as Veda opposite McCulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Akryod in My Girl. She also appears in an article out in this weeks Backstage in a feature titled: The 'My Girl' actor gets back 'In The Loop.'
Definitely keep your eye on Anna Chlumsky - we will be seeing a lot more of her! Chlumsky was last seen with Barefoot in Project # 3 of the 70/70 Horovitz Project opposite Lynn Cohen at the American Ballroom Theater.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

10th Anniversary Season Auditions

Barefoot Theatre Company (Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director) is currently casting for its 10th Anniversary Season featuring their year-long, worldwide festival: 70/70 Horovitz Project.

Open Call: Wednesday, July 29th; 5:30pm-10pm at Bleecker Street Theatre (downstairs theater): 45 Bleecker St., (between Mott St & Mulberry St) New York, NY 10012. Please bring a pic & resume; contemporary 2 minute monologue.

Casting for Israel Horovitz's Mid-East Pieces & 6 Hotels (collection of short plays) running in rep - rehearsals begin Oct 5th; first performance Nov 5th at Theatre For The New City for 3 weeks: Thursday thru Sunday. Seeking: Farsi speaking Women: 30-40; Farsi speaking young Males:15-20; Overweight Male: 30-40; Males/Females of all ethnicity and types: 25-40.

Also casting for Israel Horovitz's stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marely - rehearsals begin Nov 9th; first performance Dec 10th at The Kraine Theater for 3 weeks: Thursday thru Sunday (varies).
Seeking Males/Females all types and ages: 10-70. AEA Showcase Code (approval pending). No Pay. Possible Stipend.

All questions and inquires should be addressed to

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Bicycle Country

Last week to catch A Bicycle Country by Nilo Cruz at The Lion Theater at Theatre Row Theatres featuring Barefoot Theatre Company members onstage and off. This New York Premiere play by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz features direction by Gil Ron and cast, Luca Pierucci, Lorraine Rodriguez and Francisco Solorzano with stage management by Joanna Leigh Jacobsen. This production is produced by East 3rd Productions.

Director Gil Ron deftly crafts this production to inhabit two very different stylistic worlds. Ron elicits stellar performances from his ensemble. As the affable Pepe, Francisco Solorzano charts the journey of a reserved, charming young man's visceral decent into madness; his transformation by the seas suggests danger and primacy. Lorraine Rodriguez as Ines is a pillar of steadfastness and femininity. As Cruz's lone female voice, Ines demands some heavy lifting—including oft representing by metaphor the female Cuban demographic—and Rodriguez wades into the challenge with courage, sans inhibition; her penultimate scene aches with a tragic, collision-course trajectory. But it is Luca Pierucci as Julio who is the production's true find...a playing style that is markedly restrained, Pierucci's performance is a marvel of simplicity and generosity. Ever listening, ever reactive, it is impossible to take one's eyes off of Pierucci; he is our avatar in A Bicycle Country, and a welcome contribution to New York's indie theatre scene. - NYTHEATRE.COM

Wednesday-Saturday @ 8pm with a Saturday Matinee @ 2pm.
$18 - / for more information.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Barefoot Theatre Company members...

were seen in East 3rd Productions' contribution to the 70/70 Horovitz Project. Barefoot Theatre Company's Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano directed the staged reading of Horovitz's Alfred The Great featuring Company Manager, Christopher Whalen, members Jeremy Brena, and Anika Solveig with special guest Diane Mashburn (last seen in Barefoot's revival of Lanford Wilson's Balm In Gilead) and Susan Ferrara (last seen in the workshop production of Dog Day Afternoon). East 3rd Productions' Managing Director, Lorraine Rodriguez is also a member of the Barefoot Theatre Company.
Playwright Israel Horovitz was present at the reading on Tuesday, July 14th at the Lion Theater.

East 3rd Productions is the producer of the current NY Premiere of Nilo Cruz's A Bicycle Country at Theatre Row Theatres The Lion Theater. The play features Barefoot Theatre Company members onstage and off - Luca Pierruci, Lorraine Rodriguez, Francisco Solorzano, directed by Gil Ron and staged managed by Joanna Leigh Jacobsen.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

final bareNaked in 2008-2009

Last night's bareNaked Reading Series which was Project # 6 of our 70/70 Horovitz Project featured company member Chiara Montalto in a standout presentation of her solo piece, advisory board member Israel Horovitz in a short solo piece and special guest Shayna Padovano with her work in progress. The three solo pieces were directed by special guest director Tamilla Woodard. Live Music was provided by UMBERTO (Gine Penseiro).

Horsetrade Theatre Group came to the rescue when we were out of a home for the bareNaked Readings Series last minute and offered their 99 seat Kraine Theater for our final presentation.

Extra special thanks to Erez Ziv and everyone at Horsetrade. thanks to C.J. Thom at Bleecker Street Theatre for all the help and Anthony at the Bean Post Pub for supplying drinks.

Stay tuned for our website that will feature upcoming events, productions, news, photos and more!!!!

Thank you all for your constant loyalty and support!!! We promise to bring you some of the most exciting theater New York City has to offer in 2009-2010. We will continue to blog events and playdates so be sure to visit.

Company Member Lorraine Rodriguez...

Willets Point- was just picked up for screening at The 12th Annual Long Island International Film Festival. Lorraine Rodriguez can be seen in the feature film Willets Point as well as the New York Premiere of Nilo Cruz's play A Bicycle Country at Theatre Row Theatres. Click on image more details.
Recently seen in Project # 5 of the 70/70 Horovitz Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre as well as Project # 3 at American Ballroom Theater. Lorraine Rodriguez is best known for her work in the workshop and world premiere stage adaptation of Dog Day Afternoon and Barefoot Theatre Company's OOBR award winning production of Mary Gallagher's De Donde?.

Business Workshop

This past weekend - Barefoot Theatre Company held their first ever workshop on the business of acting - getting an agent and or manager. Several members attended along with actor friends. This was the first of many workshops and playdates set up during the summer for Barefoot. Due to the success of this gathering, we hope to continue to offer these workshops.

Here are a few pics to enjoy. In attendance were Barefoot members, John Gazzale, Maia Sage Ermansons, Christopher Whalen, Francisco Solorzano, Chiara Montalto and guests Gio Perez, Marcela Barrientos, Penelope Gil, Reena Shah.
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Company Member John Gazzale...

Company member, John Gazzale will be seen this summer at the Fringe Festival with Terranova, a new play written by Dennis Loaicono and Pamela Monk.

Performances August 16, 19, 22, 23, 27, 2009 with different time schedules on each date.

For further information check out

Gazzale was best known for playing Leon in the crittically acclaimed Barefoot Theatre Company stage adaptation of Dog Day Afternoon.

Also known for his work in Lanford Wilson's Balm In Gilead and the bareNaked Reading Series at the Bleecker Street Theatre. Keep an eye out for his upcoming work!

Friday, July 10, 2009

70/70 Horovitz Project (Project # 6)

Join us as we present the final bareNaked Reading Series in our 08-09 season featuring three solo pieces written and performed by Israel Horovitz, Chiara Montalto, and Shayna Padovano - directed by Tamilla Woodard. The evening will also feature Live Muisc by solo artist UMBERTO!

Monday, July 13th, 2009
8pm preshow festivities; 9pm curtain.

Kraine Theater - 85 East Fourth Street, 1st Floor
bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave (Bowery)

$10 General Admission - reserve today at

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Barefoot At Bryant Park

Last night several Barefoot Theatre Company members and friends attended the free screening of Dog Day Afternoon at Bryant Park. This marked the first of many playdates we will have to offer for members, family and friends this summer! It was a lot of fun and the crowd was amazing. enjoy some of the pics!

Check out company member, John Harlacher's biceps! Welcome back to New York City Diane!! Mateo, who also made his stage debut at 9 months old in the stage adaptatioin of Dog Day Afternoon opposite Joli Tribuzio attended the screening.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Love Simple featuring Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano, company member, John Harlacher, Advisory Board member, Israel Horovitz and directed by Barefoot Theatre Company family memeber, Mark Von Sternberg will be screening at the 10th Annual HBO Latino Film Festival (Friday (7/31/09) 1:45 PM @ Visual Arts Theater Screen 2 & Sunday (08/02/09) 3:30 PM @ Clearview Cinemas Chelsea Screen 7) and then out west:
Feel Good Film Festival 8/07-/08/09 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre in California!

The feature film was shot all over Brooklyn, New York.

The film also features Patrizia Hernandez seen in Barefoot Theatre Company's Beirut Rocks by Israel Horovitz at the 9th annual Boston Theatre Marathon.

"Love, simply put, it's complicated!"

Friday, July 3, 2009

Company Members at Theatre Row Theatres

Company Member Gil Ron directs the New York Premier of Nilo Cruz's A Bicycle Country at Theatre Row Theatre's The Lion Theater. The play features company members Luca Pierucci, Lorraine Rodriguez, Francisco Solorzano and Joanna Leigh Jacobsen as stage manager.

Previews begin tonight and opens Wednesday, July 8th. The production is proudced by East 3rd Productions. For PC using Windows Media:

A Bicycle Country By Nilo Cruz - July 8th - July 25th, 2009Wednesday - Saturday, 8pmSaturday 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2pm Matinee
Tickets: Ticket Central (212) 279-4200Info: 212-677-6407
Theatre RowThe Lion Theatre410 West 42nd StreetNew York, NY 10036