Wednesday, June 30, 2010

THANK YOU for helping us make 70/70 Horovitz Project a world wide success!

Thank you to all the artists who participated in our year-long, worldwide festival: 70/70 Horovitz Project.  The festival consisted of readings and productions across the globe of 70 plays by Israel Horovitz which began on his 70th Birthday on March 31st, 2009.  

EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to the HOROVITZ FAMILY:  Gillian, Matthew, Rachel, Adam, Hannah and Oliver for all the help and support in celebrating your dad's 70th Birthday!!!

Some artists featured in festival:  
Michael Aronov, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg, Marin Ireland, John Doman, Jo Bonney, Austin Pendleton, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Sol Frieder, Annabella Sciorra, Lynn Cohen, Ashlie Atkinson, Anna Chlumsky, Francisco Solorzano, Ed Vasallo, Ronald Cohen, Sidney Williams, Victoria Malvagno, Lorraine Rodriguez, Jeremy Brena, Anika Solveig, Joseph Sousa, Will Allen, Danelle Eliav, Kenneth King, Paul Romanello, Dan Graff, Christopher Whalen, Tala Ashe, AnaMaria Correa, Gil Ron, Kristin Wheeler, Kendra Leigh Landon, Maia Sage, Michael Mallard, Ricardo Riethmuller, Luca Pierucci, Gabe Fazio, Roderick Nash, Betty Hudson, John Gazzale, John Harlacher, Shayna Padovano, Chiara Montalto, Sean Meehan, Charles Everett, Lanna Joffrey, Eric Nightengale, Pamela Siederman, Michael LoPorto, David Nail, Brian Claudio Smith, Gordon McConell, Robert Walsh, Alfred Jerome Handegard, Dedra McCord-Ware, Alona Dadiani, Lucas Alifano, Diane Mashburn, Ruben Luque, Mark G. Cisneros, Mindy Cassel, Penelope Gil, Aidan Koehler, Clarice Mazanec, Daniella Rabbani, Jimmy Lopez, and more!!!!!

A Note From Co-Founder Nicole Haran

Hello Friends of Barefoot, 

I can’t tell you how inspiring it has been to witness and take part in what we, the Barefoot Theatre Company, have accomplished in this amazing year! As many of you know, Barefoot Theatre Company led the 70/70 Horovitz Project this past year, an unprecedented world-wide celebration of Israel Horovitz’s 70th birthday.  Here’s what happened: over 100 productions, produced in over 25 countries, bringing together more than 50 theatres, performing Israel’s work. 

As Israel said during the 70/70 Closing celebration on March 31: “It’s been a year that went far beyond what could have been imagined and it continues to go on and on and on and none of it would have happened if it were not for Barefoot Theatre Company.” 

It’s this kind of dedication and action that draws me in and compels me to want to be a part of Barefoot’s Company. In fact, the enthusiasm is irresistable! That’s why actors like Lynn Cohen, Austin Pendleton, Bobby Cannavale and Michael Stulhbarg keep coming back to perform to packed houses all over New York City. 

As for the future, Barefoot has proven that nothing is impossible. I am priviledged and honored to be a part of the Barefoot family and am certain of one thing: we can all look forward to innovative, powerful theatre in 2010 and 2011 as we bring new plays into the foreground. Our 2nd annual bareNaked Reading Series is around the corner with some exciting new plays by emerging and established playwrights. 

Thank you all sincerely for your loyalty and interest in the Barefoot Theatre Company. 
Looking forward to a great year ahead, 
Nicole Haran (Founding Member)  
ps. Soon we will announce our newest members and hope you will join us in a celebration to welcome them!

70/70 Horovitz Project comes to a close...

As we wrap up our post festival celebrations and presentations we welcome the summer and an equally successful 2010-2011 Season!!!
Be sure to check us out on FACEBOOK to get caught up on all of the past productions and presentations part of our 70/70 Horovitz Project.  The year-long festival seen around the globe continues as Israel Horovitz's short play LINE will be seen traveling all over West Africa for an unlimited run.  

Thank you all who have joined us in celebrating this remarkable playwright who has given so much to so many artists and the theater community at large.  

Thank you ISRAEL HOROVITZ for giving us over 70 works of art and for fostering so many artists all around the world.  

The Barefoot Theatre Company

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ensemble Member, Joseph Sousa wins AWARDS!

Teeth of the Sons, a full-length drama by Ensemble Member Joseph Sousa was featured in our first ever bareNaked Reading Series in 2009.  The Reading which took place at 45 Bleecker featured Ensemble Members, Anna Chlumsky, Will Allen and Christopher Whalen.  The play went on to get produced in Portland, OR with Joseph Sousa and Will Allen in the lead roles.  

Most recently, Teeth of the Sons won 2 Drammy Awards for BEST ORIGINAL PLAY as well as BEST ACTOR (for Sousa).  The Drammays, celebrating outstanding achievement in Portland Theatre marks Sousa's first win.  We congratulate our Ensemble Members Joseph Sousa and Will Allen!!! 

Both Sousa and Allen currently reside in Los Angeles, California.  Our 2nd Annual bareNaked Readings Series will feature equally exciting new works by some emerging as well as established playwrights.  The first annual bareNaked Reading Series featured such plays as Ensemble Member Chiara Montalto's Emergency Used Candles (seen in our Workshop Series and chosen for the Emerging Artists Theatre Festival); Shayna Padovan's The F Factor (recently given a full run) and Israel Horovitz's The P-Word (now being produced all around the globe).  

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Feature Film, Love Simple...

the romantic comedy, Love Simple featuring Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Members, Francisco Solorzano, John Harlacher and Barefoot Advisory Board Member, Israel Horovitz was recently featured on itunes movies.  The feature film was written and directed by Mark von Sternberg.  Love Simple also stars Patrizia Hernandez and Caitlin Fitzgerald.   

represented Off-Broadway by Advisory Board Member, Austin Pendleton and Ensemble Member, Amanda Plant

The World Premiere of: ORDER Written by Christopher Stetson Boal 
Directed by Austin Pendleton 
Order is the darkly hysterical and ultimately tragic story of Thomas Blander, a former philosophy teacher determined to be mild and polite in a violent and greedy world. His plan goes awry,however, when he is seemingly possessed by a demon who claims to be an ancient creature of power and who brings an entirely different philosophy - one that includes an undeniable lust for power and an insatiable appetite. "Take what we want. Eat when we're hungry. Regret nothing." Presented by Oberon Theatre Ensemble BUY TICKETS The Kirk @ Theatre Row Performances:  June 6, 2010 - June 26, 2010 Tickets: $25.00 If you order NOW and enter the special code INET, you can get your tickets for $18!!!
Amanda Plant
Theater credits in New York: Uncle Vanya (Yelena/Sonya Understudy), Classic Stage Company; The American Clock (Edie), Habitation of Dragons (Bernice),The Quick Change Room (Anna) at HB Playwrights Theater; and Dog Day Afternoon (Sylvia) with Barefoot Theatre. Regional: The Cherry Orchard (Anya),Classics at the Point. Film: The Shoes, and Waterlilies (Nominated Best Supporting Actress, Syracuse Film Festival). Television: Law & Order, SVU. Barefoot Ensemble Member Since 2007.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ensemble Member, Gil Ron in Pulitzer Prize winner!

Nilo Cruz's Anna In The Tropics has ongoing performances at the legendary Repertorio Espanol. Visit their website for your chance to catch our Ensemble Member, Gil Ron in this Pulizter Prize winner for best dramatic play.

ANNA IN THE TROPICS is a poignant and poetic new play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination.

Nilo Cruz is a young Cuban-American playwright whose work has been produced widely around the United States including the Public Theater (New York, NY), South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), Magic Theatre (San Francisco, CA), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theater (Princeton, NJ) and New Theatre (Coral Gables, FL). Cruz was the first Hispanic ever to receive a Pulitzer Prize in the category of Drama. His other plays include “Night Train to Bolina,” “Two Sisters and a Piano,” “Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams,” among others. “Anna in the Tropics” also won the Steinberg Award for Best New Play. Mr. Cruz teaches playwriting at Yale University and lives in New York City. Cruz recently commented via phone that, “this is the first time that one of my works is being presented or translated in Spanish. I’ve always admired Repertorio’s work and I feel honored that one of my plays is being produced by this legendary institution.”

Shayna Padovano's The F Factor...

Originally presented by the Barefoot Theatre Company during the 1st season of new plays for the bareNaked Reading Series (no sets, no props, just words). It was directed by Tamilla Woodard for the reading which included new works by Ensemble Memeber, Chiara Montalto and Advisory Board Member, Israel Horovitz.

The F Factor, Written & Performed by Shayna Padovano and Directed by Aaron Kisner

June 9th, 10th & 11th, 2010 @ 7pm
Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 West 42nd Street, Third Floor, Tickets: $20 Call 646.329.6588 to reserve (recommended)

A Filipina Maid chasing the American Dream, a hyper sexual Housewife on the prowl for a threesome, a self-made Lawyer challenging the Mafia, a Harlem Rapper striving for success, and the Social Worker who observes them all. How far will each woman go to find her truth? The F Factor links five contemporary characters in a comedic and thought provoking journey which confronts female sexuality, urban gentrification, illegal immigration, and woman’s rapidly changing identity in today’s lightning paced world.

Assistant Director: Giverny Petitmermet
Script Consultant: Alex Lyras
Original Sound Design: Matt Pace
Dialect Coach: Joy Lanceta
Costume Design: Jennifer Goldszer
Lighting Design: Bethany Briggs

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ensemble Member, John Gazzale

Opening this week is Clifford Odets' Waiting For Lefty featuring Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member, John Gazzale.  See postcard for details on production.  

Gazzale was most recently seen in several production for our 70/70 Horovitz Project, most notably as Scrooge in Horovitz's stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol.