Thursday, January 20, 2011

From Academy Award Nominated writer...

This Fall we featured Jose Rivera's newest play, Adoration Of The Old Woman in our bareNaked Reading Series that featured Ensemble Member Patrizia Hernandez and Francisco Solorzano as well as guest artists Socorro Santiago, Audrey Esparza and J.W. Cortes. Rivera's Screenplay adaptation of On The Road currently finished shooting featuring Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart under the direction of Walter Salles.
We are grateful for having the opportunity to work with such an amazingly talented and generous playwright.

Here's a note from the playwright/screenwriter about working with us:

"This is a collective of dedicated artists doing theatre for all the right reasons and a safe home for playwrights of all kinds. I loved my experience with Barefoot!"


José Rivera’s plays have premiered off-Broadway and been seen at most major theatres in the U.S. and around the world. They include THE HOUSE OF RAMON IGLESIA, THE PROMISE, EACH DAY DIES WITH SLEEP, MARISOL, CLOUD TECTONICS, SUEÑO, THE STREET OF THE SUN, GIANTS HAVE US IN THEIR BOOKS, SONNETS FOR AN OLD CENTURY, BRAINPEOPLE, ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN, REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT, SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS, MASSACRE (SING TO YOUR CHILDREN), BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED, PABLO AND ANDREW AT THE ALTAR OF WORDS, HUMAN EMOTIONAL PROCESS, and a new translation of KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN. Playwriting honors include two OBIE Awards, a Whiting Foundation Award, a McKnight Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, and a Kennedy Center Grant. On a Fulbright Arts Fellowship he was writer-in-residence at the Royal Court Theatre, London. In 2005 Rivera became the first Puerto Rican nominated for an Academy Award in screenwriting for his first produced screenplay. “The Motorcycle Diaries” (directed by Walter Salles, with Gael Garcia Bernal), was also nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Writers Guild of America Award and Spain’s Goya Award and Argentina’s top screenwriting prize. His film “Trade” was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Rivera worked on and was fired from “Letters to Juliet.” Currently in production is “On the Road” (Walter Salles, director, Francis Ford Coppola, executive producer, with Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortenson), “Celestina” will mark Rivera’s feature film directing debut (Esperanza Production). Rivera has served as a creative advisor for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and has been on the boards of directors of the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, PEN Center West, and Theatre Communications Group. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the LAByrinth Theatre Company and is at work on his first novel, LOVE MAKES THE CITY CRUMBLE. He lives in New York with his wife, actress/producer Sona Tatoyan.

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