Dear Friend and Supporter:
Since 1999, the Barefoot Theatre Company has been a vital part of New York City's theatre scene. As loyal patrons of the arts, we consider you a part of the Barefoot family; your invaluable support over the years has allowed us to flourish. Now more than ever we need your support. No dollar amount is too small or too big.
Best Foot Forward
This year we plan to bring you a season filled with some of the best theatre New York City has to offer. The 2010- 2011 year will also be monumental for us as we begin searching for a permanent home, and that begins by establishing a solid schedule of events. The year will feature new works from critically acclaimed playwrights and Advisory Board Members, Israel Horovitz and Joe Pintauro. Also featured will be works by playwrights Lucy Boyle (ABC Family’s “HUGE”), Mike Riess (“The Simpsons”), Jose Rivera (“Motorcycle Diaries”) and students from South Side High School in Long Island to name a few. We will continue to workshop future projects and develop our Urban Outreach Program (our Educational Program teaching acting and producing to elementary school children is already in full swing). Expect to see the return of our bareNaked Reading Series (one night only events featuring new, never produced plays, live music, and complimentary cocktails).
Barefoot has always thrived on the audience/artist connection and our upcoming year will feature two full productions of plays that have come out of this collaboration. Our first annual bareNaked Reading Series featured two plays by our Ensemble Members Chiara Montalto and Joseph Sousa. Montalto’s Emergency Used Candles is a Brooklyn tale about the profound effect a grandfather and his granddaughter have on each other as one’s life is ending while the other’s is just beginning. In Sousa’s Teeth of the Sons, Brothers Jacob and Sam have not seen each other for over a year. When the wandering Sam returns to Brooklyn to find Jake transformed into a devout Orthodox Jew, new and old gripes arise testing familial ties. Premiering at the legendary Cherry Lane Theater, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed by these two gripping stories about family, loyalties, and the choices we face day to day.
Having been recognized for the quality of our productions, we were nominated for three Innovative Theatre Awards, received the OOBR Award in excellence for Mary Gallagher’s political Drama, De Donde?, and saw a collection of our work published by Samuel French Play Publishers(Israel Horovitz’s A Mother’s Love, Security, and most recently, New Shorts).
In addition to producing over 60 plays, both new and existing works, we've revived monumental ensemble plays such as Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead, Don Peterson’s Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, and the 35th anniversary production of Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx (later transferred to the Gloucester Stage Company). In 2008, we presented our critically acclaimed, first ever stage adaptation of Dog Day Afternoon for a sold out run at Theatre Row.
Continuing our collaboration with Israel Horovitz, we most recently produced the 70/70 Horovitz project, a year long, worldwide festival celebrating 70 of Horovitz’s plays for his 70th birthday.
Highlights included working with artists such as Austin Pendleton, Annabella Sciorra, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bobby Cannavale, Lynn Cohen, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Sol Frieder, Jo Bonney, John Doman and company member Anna Chlumsky, just to name a few. In addition to working with some of the best professionals from film, television and theatre, our work was featured in West Africa, Australia, Greece, France, Italy, Korea as well as nationwide with our record breaking festival.
Walk a Mile In, well, Bare Feet!
In order to realize our goal of producing this exciting season of new works, we need to raise $60,000. Having accomplished so much in the last eleven years, the Barefoot Theatre Company is now poised to take the next step in fundraising to maintain our survival. We want to ensure that we bring you work of the highest quality while continuing to support the artistic community as a whole. We need YOUR help to make our 2010 - 2011 season a reality. It is with your support and participation that Barefoot Theatre Company is able to bring this season to fruition. Your generous donation will not only make you part of our family but also give you the opportunity to enjoy some incredible gifts that include an entire collection of works by Israel Horovitz, dinner with artists, a mention in all programs for future productions, behind the scenes participation, first hand notices and invitations to Opening/Closing Night Galas, free tickets and more! Don’t forget that Barefoot Theatre Company is a non- profit organization, and every donation is completely tax deductible. On behalf of the entire Barefoot Theatre Company, we thank you for your continued support.
With our utmost gratitude,
Co-Founder / Producing Artistic Director
Co-Founder / Managing Director
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