Thursday, March 31, 2011

Teeth of the Sons Production Blog Entry (INSPIRATION ON WRITING PLAY)


Teeth Of The Sons was inspired by my constant fascination with the delicate balance between the sacred and the profane. Being from a family that contains a mixture of religious scholars and dancing, singing, wine-toasting bards, I've always found that the truth to honest living lies in the grays between the two.

In my final year of undergrad, two of my acting classmates/friends became involved in a new religious life. One, joined a born again church, the other moved to Israel, seemingly over night, and adopted a new orthodox faith, outlook, and decorum (when visiting with one another, we could no longer hug due to our opposite sexes). Myself, a person of faith, who was just discovering the joys of bourbon, beatboxing, and all night revelry in the bars and brownstones of Brooklyn, I was forced to look at my friends who were seemingly moving into a life of dogma as I was moving away from one.

Several years later, my life has once again struck an inexplicable balance, this play meditates on the journey through those times.

- Joseph Sousa (Ensemble Member Since 2009)

photo: playwright Joseph Sousa watching rehearsal of bareNaked Reading Series presentation that featured Ensemble Members, Anna Chlumsky, Christopher Whalen, Jessica Langer and Will Allen.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Teeth of the Sons Production Blog Entry (PLAY HISTORY)


Teeth Of The Sons was initially developed through a Brooklyn College Undergraduate Theater Organization grant. In the spring of 2007, TOTS received its first staged readings at Brooklyn College's New Workshop Theater, and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. Both readings were directed by Vincent Ingrisano.

In 2008 Teeth Of The Sons was selected as the first play to start Barefoot Theatre company's bareNaked Reading Series, directed by Michael LoPorto with Vincent Ingrisano once again. Teeth Of The Sons received its first production in Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2009 where it won Portland's Drammy award for Actor in a Lead Role and Original Script. Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member, Jason Zimbler directed the West Coast production.

Photo: bareNaked Reading Series Premiere featuring from LtoR: Ensemble Members, Anna Chlumsky, Jessica Langer, Christopher Whalen, Will Allen.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Joseph Sousa's Teeth Of The Sons...

MONDAY, MARCH 28th, 2011


The last time Sam saw his brother Jake, they were cruising Brooklyn as one another's ultimate wing man. Years later Sam returns to Brooklyn in need of refuge for him and his pregnant girlfriend, only to find the fun loving Jake has transformed into a studious born-again Jewish scholar. The homecoming incites a clash of brotherhood, divided family loyalties, and a revelation that beyond a love for their aging grandmother, perhaps all they share in common is a past Jake is desperately trying to bury.

Their reunion will bring into question faith's superiority to family. Can a change of identity come without the cost of destruction through dogmatic militancy?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ensemble Member, Tala Ashe at The Public...

Congratulations to Ensemble Member, Tala Ashe on her work with The Public's PublicLAB presentation of Urge For in previews.


Regional and New York Credits: Welcome to Arroyo's (Old Globe Theater), Urge for Going (Ojai Playwright's Conference and Public Theater's New Works Now), Aftermath (Guggenheim Works and Progress with NYTW), Again and Against (Labyrinth Theatre Intensive), Autophagy (Drama League), and Love's Labour's Lost (Huntington Theatre Company). Television and Film Credits: "Covert Affairs," "30 Rock," "Law and Order," "As the World Turns," "All My Children," "Circumstances" (Sundance Institute Film Lab) and "Waiting in Beijing." BFA in Acting from Boston University's School of Theatre and trained in London at LAMDA.

By Mona Mansour
Directed by Hal Brooks

March 25 - April 17

Featuring Omid Abtahi, Jacqueline Antaramian, Tala Ashe, Demosthenes Chrysan, Ramsey Faragallah, andTed Sod

Jamila, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, is desperate to escape the small and impoverished world she calls home but her greatest source of inspiration, her father, may also prove to be her biggest obstacle. Mona Mansour, a member of The Public's Emerging Writers Group making her major debut with this production, fuses global politics with the intimacy of coming of age in this searing new play.

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Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano

This Coming Monday, March 28, 2011 at 7:30pm (TOMORROW), Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano directs a staged reading for Fundamental Theater Project's Mass Rhetorics featuring a new play by Jonathan Libman. The FREE event also features Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Members, Lorraine Rodriguez, Charles Everett, Therese Plaehn and Kenneth King along with family member, Michael Pierre Louis.

The Cherry Lane Theatre (MAINSTAGE)
38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014
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Barefoot Theatre Company

Monday, March 21, 2011


MONDAY, MARCH 21st, 2011
We give you a glimpse of two Musicians who will performing at our SPRING BASH this coming Thursday, March 24th at Central Bar located on 9th Street and 3rd Avenue in New York City!!

The will perform following our Beat Box Competition that will be judged by special guest - Mickey Leigh!!

Daniella Rabbani performs klezmer jams all over the country. She sings lead vocals with the Foolish Band, guest vocals with the Klez Dispensors and has opened for Golem! ("The Yiddish Yeah Yeah Yeah's," Teeth of Our Sons) New York concerts include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Baruch Performing Arts, CUNY's Concert Series (The New Voices of the Yiddish Stage), The Bleeker Street Theater for the Barefoot Theatre Company's 70/70 Horovitz Project Gala, Theater for the New City with Barefoot's Mideast Pieces, The Center for Jewish History and other prestigious venues across the country. For more info, please visit You won't regret it.

Aidan Koehler has worked with Barefoot both as an actor and musician. Her main instrument is violin but she accompanies others on trumpet, clarinet, marimba, guitar and other things that make sound. She has composed original music for film and stage most recently the film, The Big Fiddle, (which premiered at SXSW and had it's NY premiere at BAM Cinematique), and a reading of Israel Horovitz short plays performed with the LAByrinth Theatre Company at The Cherry Pit. As a violinist and singer she has performed with her band Bootsy Cohen, as well as Caitlin Cannon and the Artillery, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, and more at The Jewish History Museum, Paddy Reilly's, Piano's, Kay's House Concerts, and 45 Bleecker to name a few.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!!
LOVE, Barefoot Theatre Company!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

from Producing Artistic Director...

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011

An incredible, inspiring and positive day starting with first read-thru of our Spring production, Joseph Sousa's Teeth Of The Sons directed by Nicole Haran at and our Spring Ensemble Meeting!

The day reminded me of a favorite quote: "Choose good partners and partners who complement your skill set....the most fruitful have been with people who have been able to expand my knowledge and experience for whom I believe I've been able to do a similar thing. It's great to have someone to bounce ideas off of before you have to say them out loud to the world." - Anne Carey

If you're not a friend of Barefoot Theatre Company yet, take a second and become one today! You won't regret it. To all you awesome members with big hearts, talent, and positive souls - THANK YOU for allowing me to be your artistic leader.

See you all on Thursday for a Spring Bash to remember!!!!

Love, Frank

Francisco Solorzano

Producing Artistic Director

Barefoot Theatre Company

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Teeth of the Sons Production Blog Entry (preproduction resumes...)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
So, we just produced the west coast premiere of our bareNaked Reading Series and it was a major success all around. We had an amazing time and everyone at the Art Of Acting Studio definitely made us feel at home and allowed us to share our work with their community and fellow artists/students. We are back in NYC and reading to get back to our Spring Production.
Now that our cast is in place, we continue our preproduction and design meetings in prep for our first table read of Teeth Of The Sons in less than two weeks from now. We promise to bring you one of the best new plays New York City has to offer.

We are also meeting all week at our Rehearsal Space / Office in Park Slope, Brooklyn to get ready for our SPRING BASH / BEAT BOXIN COMPETITION! Watch out for more details coming soon!!! Thanks everyone for your support! Barefoot Theatre Company (photo, LtoR: Luca Pierucci, Nicole Haran, Joseph Sousa during one of many casting sessions for Teeth Of The Sons).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spring Production - MEET THE CAST & New Director!

Meet our exciting cast for the upcoming Spring Production at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Joseph Sousa's Teeth of the Sons: Joseph Sousa, Casandera M.J. Lollar, Will Allen and Shayna Padovano!!!

The Off-Broadway, New York Premiere will be directed by Barefoot Theatre Company's Co-Artistic Director, Nicole Haran. Haran replaces the previously announced Ensemble Member, Jason Zimbler due to scheduling conflicts. Here's more info on the upcoming production:

Off-Broadway, New York Premiere of
Joseph Sousa's
directed by Nicole Haran
featuring Will Allen, Casandera M.J. Lollar,
Shayna Padovano, Joseph Sousa, Donald P. Flores (understudy).

Publicity - Sam Rudy Media
Production Managing Director - Stonie Darling
Production Stage Manager - Charles Casano
Assistant Stage Manager - Michael Pierre Louis
Set Designer - Josh Iacovelli
Lighting Designer - Niluka Hotaling
Costume Designer - Victoria Malvagno
Sound Designer - Francisco Solorzano
Original Music - Cory Bruce
Producing Director - Christopher Whalen
Associate Producing Director - Cristina Fernandez
Marketing Director - Mark G. Cisneros
Marketing Associate - Samantha Fontana
Graphic Design - equus, ink.

The Cherry Lane Theatre
(The Studio Theatre)
April 20th - May 14th, 2011
Wednesday - Saturday @ 7pm; Saturday Matinee @ 3pm