Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ensemble Member, Aidan Koehler performs LIVE MUSIC...

Ensemble Member, Aidan Koehler will be featured playing LIVE MUSIC for our upcoming bareNaked Workshop Series on June 20th at The Cherry Lane Theatre. The presentation of Tim Plaehn's West Asheville directed by Nicole Haran will mark our final event for this season.


Past Barefoot Theatre Company productions include: musician in 'Scrooge and Marley' at the Kraine Theatre and Evvie in 'Second Violin' at Theatre for the New City as well the world-premiere of the ten minute version by the same name at The Boston Theatre Marathon. Aidan has also performed as a violinist in the Barefoot Band. Other recent theatre credits include: Ivan, 'Two Maples' at Urban Stages; Lilly, 'Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lilly?' with Target Margin; staged readings with The Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company as well as productions of 'What Shall I Give My Children?' and 'Our Town' and this coming September Aidan will perform with the Harold Clurman Lab in Israel Horovitz'sLebensraum; With The Vermont Shakespeare Company: Viola, 'Twelfth Night', and Helena, 'Midsummer'; Abigail Williams, 'Salem Justice' with ArtsPower National Touring Co.; Violinist and Narrator, 'Ransom of red Cheif' with East Lynne Thr. Company; Octavia, 'Antony and Cleopatra' at The Looking Glass Theatre; Billitis, 'Arts Nouvaux', with Xoregos Thr. Co.; and Rosalind, 'As Your Like It' with Queens Shakespeare, and the movement-theatre piece, "Decade" in NY at Theatre IATI and in New Orleans. Aidan has played violin in numerous plays and recently scored her first film, "The Big Fiddle" which premiered at this year's South By SouthWest Festival. BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and The Stella Adler Studio. Member Since 2010.

join us for our final presentation this season!
FREE DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC and an AWESOME new play in development by one of our Resident Playwrights!!

a staged, one night workshop presentation of
directed by Nicole Haran+

featuring: Therese Plaehn*+, Christopher Whalen*+, Samantha Fontana+, Francisco Solorzano*+, Charles Everett+, Lisa Anderson, Mark G. Cisneros+, Maia Sage+, Roderick Nash+ and special guests...stage directions by Cristina Pitter

The Cherry Lane Theatre
Monday, June 20th @ 7pm
followed by Live Music and FREE DRINKS
General Admission: $10

West Asheville was first presented by the Barefoot Theatre Company during the bareNaked READING Series LA at AOA (Art Of Acting Studio) in Los Angeles, California. The reading was directed by Nicole Haran.

Nicole Haran most recently directed Barefoot Theatre Company's NYC Premiere of Teeth Of The Sons by Joseph Sousa at The Cherry Lane Theatre.

Most of the writing Tim Plaehn has done over the last ten years has been at the bottom of student essays, but he has still found time to write short fiction and two full-length plays. His short story "Please Read" was featured in Atlanta's Creative Loafing, and Short Story America has recently selected another story, Confirmation," for publication both on its website and in its anthology of short fiction. In his previous life as poet, Tim lived for a time on Inishmore off the coast of Ireland after he was awarded The Aran Islands Poetry Fellowship. Tim graduated from Northeastern University and holds master's degrees from both Harvard's School of Education and Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English. He has been a teacher and coach for fifteen years and lives in Asheville with his wife Helen and their four children, Martha, Patrick, Flannery, and Henry.

* member of Actor's Equity Association / + member of Barefoot Theatre Company

All proceeds go towards the support of Barefoot Theatre Company and cover costs of rehearsals, theatre rental, printing and artists fees.

thank YOU for your support and we look forward to seeing you there!!!

STUDIO HISTORY Cherry Lane Studio opened its doors in September, 1998 as a birthing room for new American work. Owner, and Founding Artistic Director of the Cherry Lane Alternative, Angelina Fiordellisi created the 60-seat black-box theater, originally named the “Alternative Space,” with Samuel Anderson Architects. At that time, CLT Studio benefited from the generosity of our community, including theater- operator and producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland, who donated sixty chairs from The Lamb’s Theater basement, as well as producing artist Jack Gindi, who donated our technical booth, sound and lighting boards. The seating was upgraded and made retractable in 2006 with a generous grant provided by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Prior to its present incarnation, the 1,200-square-foot space housed a restaurant in the 1950s that was built and managed by the Carroad family, who once owned and operated the entire block. The yard behind their building at 44 Commerce Street served as an outdoor eating area for the restaurant during spring and summer, and the Cherry Lane boiler once served all the properties on this stretch of Commerce Street. The Cherry Lane restaurant, which had a floor dotted with gold-plated fleur-de-lis, also served as a late-night gay club in the 60s and 70s. Arnold Warwick, a tenant at 40 Commerce Street since 1950, claims that the Carroad family evicted an old sea captain in order to create a public ante room where our current lobby is located. Kim Hunter’s children, who grew up in the building, tell the story of an excavation next door at 36 Commerce Street in the late 50s that not only revealed an underground river, but also thousands of turtles.The Cherry Lane Studio is a safe haven for the development of new plays. Our programs allow playwrights to hone their work without the pressure of reviews, before sophisticated, thrill-seeking audiences, who want to discover the bold new voices of today. David Adjmi, Courtney Baron, Sheila Callaghan, Julia Cho, Bathsheba Doran, Anton Dudley, Sam Forman, Katori Hall, Eliam Kraiem, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Rogelio Martinez, Christopher Shinn, Beau Willimon and numerous others have all developed new ideas and plays at the CLT Studio. Our studio- theater programming is a critical component of our mission to build a community to support the playwriting process and the future of American drama.

Ensemble Member, Mark G. Cisneros DIRECTS!

Ensemble Member, Mark G. Cisneros makes his director debut TONIGHT!

A FREE concert reading of "My Night with Frida" by Rob Santana presented at the closing night of East 3rd Productions' ENTER: PLAYWRIGHT Theater Festival.

Directed by Mark G. Cisneros
Featuring Athena Colon, Masha Mendieta, Jorge Ortiz, Stanton Powell, and Charles Casano

Reading will be followed by Q&A with playwright Rob Santana

Mark will also be seen in Barefoot Theatre Company's upcoming bareNaked Workshop Series featuring Tim Pleahn's West Asheville on June 20th at The Cherry Lane Theatre.

Mark G. Cisneros

2002 OOBR Award winning actor with a career in Theater and Film for over 11 years. Theater: Walkabout by Marcus Haupt (the Flea Theater), The Sons of Juan Perez by Roberto De Los Reyes (the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater), and ?De Donde? with the Barefoot Theatre Company (Looking Glass Theater). Television: Third Watch (with Ann Margaret) and As the World Turns; Film: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, New York, accepted to the Havana Film Festival in 2003; As producer with his previous company On A Quest he is proud to have produced and starred in two successful plays (La Habitacion by Barbara Colio-accepted to The NY International Fringe Festival, and Rising Sun, Falling Star by Yolanda Rodriguez at the 78th St Theater Lab). Mark is currently Director of Marketing of the Barefoot Theatre Company. Member Since 2009.

pictured: Mark G. Cisneros with Joseph Sousa at 70/70 Horovitz Project

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Over the next couple weeks we will give you a glimpse into the process and productions featured in our 12th Anniversary Season. We're very excited about our upcoming year but before we get into announcements, we'd like to take a look back and move forward with an incredible sense of accomplishment and success.

Our 12th Anniversary Season kicked off with some major parties, fundraisers and collaborations. Our very own Co-Founder and Managing Director, Victoria Malvagno, continued her collaboration on Montalto's Emergency Used Candles. Malvagno first directed the performance piece presented as part of the Emerging Playwright's Festival. This solo piece has been in development with the Barefoot Theatre Company since early 2009. The play had its first ever public reading under the development and producing team of BTC as part of our bareNaked Reading Series in conjunction with our 70/70 Horovitz Project in May of 2009.
'Emergency Used Candles is a tale set in Brooklyn 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. Written and performed by Chiara Montalto,'Emergency Used Candles is based on the playwright's own experience growing up as a caretaker to her grandfather."

Committing to our mission of fostering playwrights and new works, we continued to contribute our time, talents, fundraising efforts, and audiences to this solo piece in order to bring it to it's fullest potential. It seemed obvious for us to move forward and present a staged version of this new script as part of our Workshop Series after the success of the bareNaked presentation. We were able continue the development process at one of our artistic homes, the American Ballroom Theatre with the Workshop Series. The event was presented with free drinks as well as some live dancing!!! A success all around!!!

Immediately following the Workshop presentation, the core team began work on supporting and encouraging Ms. Montalto to submit her work to other festivals and theater companies but Malvagno saw something that was very much a part of Barefoot Theatre Company. What Malvagno saw was the potential to take an artistic risk and direct a theatrical, solo performance driven with fire and passion as seen in the works of and by John Leguizamo, Anna Deavere Smith and Chazz Palminteri.

Prior to this development process and production of Emergency Used Candles, Barefoot Theatre Company was best known for works that included ensembles of at least 12 actors and sometimes as large as 19 and 28. So, a solo piece was definitely an artistic risk but Malvagno was ready to take us on a journey that would live up to our mission and objectives.

As our working relationship with The Cherry Lane Theatre began to flourish, the timing seemed right to present a full production in their Studio Theatre located in the historic building on Commerce Stree / Cherry Lane. We immediately went into preproduction in the summer of 2010 in preparation for the Fall 2010 opening of Emergency Used Candles to be directed by Victoria Malvagno.

Our Fall Production (presented in November) was a success, audiences of all ages came out to show their support and the final two performances, with full houses and no standing room available proved we did our job. Another highlight: Director, Malvagno made her Off-Broadway directorial debut and found her collaborative counter part in the likes of Lequizamo, Palmintari and Smith with understudy, Samantha Fontana. Since their work on Montalto's Emergency Used Candles, Malvagno and Fontana have been fast at work on a new work that will be sure to keep you laughing long after the lights have gone out.

The 2nd Annual bareNaked Reading Series was featured during dark nights in November with works by acclaimed playwrights, Lucy Boyle, Jose Rivera, Kristoffer Diaz, Jason Furlani, Mike Reiss, Kyle Bradstreet, allowing us to establish working relationships with some of the best collaborators around - more to follow on that experience in our next blog entry.

"Choose good partners and partners who complement your skill set. I've had so many great partnerships and the most fruitful have been with people who have been able to expand my knowledge and experience and 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 (Producer)

pictured: top - EUC production poster designed by F. Solorzano.
bottom - Samantha Fontana & Victoria Malvagno during the Red-Carpet Opening Night of Joseph Sousa's Teeth Of The Sons at The Cherry Lane Theatre this past Spring.

Stay tuned for more highlights from this year's productions and events including our presentation of Horovitz's Sins Of The Mother featuring Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Michael Stuhlbarg and Barefoot Theatre Company's Producing Artistic Director, Francisco Solorzano.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Ensemble Member, Lanna Joffrey


Colorado Shakespeare Festival productions of COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL and ROMEO AND JULIET

The Factory's HAMLET PROJECT directed by Tim Carroll, Louis Scheeder and Miriam Silverman, supported by The Public and NYU

My voice in THE PERLIN PAPERS, an art installation at the Guggenheim Museum created by Jenny Perlin

Developing a new play supported by New Georges and NYTW with playwright Lauren Feldman and director Pirronne Yousefzadeh

My shorty short poem SENSE memory published by the online poetry site, unFOLD

The Working Theater: Director's Salon production of WAITING FOR LEFTY by Clifford Odets

Women Center Stage: An excerpt from A PEOPLE By Lauren Feldman, Dir. Jessi D. Hill

Irene Fornes New Play festival readings of ALL FALL DOWN by Lisa Ramirez, directed by KJ Sanchez at INTAR

Performing my Spoken Word in Noor Theatre's curated evening for BE Company's BEginnings Salon Series

Acting ensemble of Suzan-Lori Parks' NYU playwrights class, "Loving the Living Playwright" developing new plays 20 pages/minutes at a time

Actor for The Lark Playground, playwrights: Robert Attenweiler, Andrea Lepcio, Sung Rno & Andrea Thome; directors: Lisa Rothe, Sturgis Warner & Jose Zayas

A staged reading of THREE ETERNAL DAYS dir. Dominic D'Andrea

Developing the adaptation of Alice Walker's OVERCOMING SPEECHLESSNESS with director Tamilla Woodard & writer Dana Balicki

Reading of an adaptation of Eran Kolirin's film THE BAND'S VISIT dir. Max Williams, presenters: Orin Wolf, Jane Dubin & David F. Schwartz

Romanian Cultural Institute readings of Dan Lungu and Peca Stefan's writing, Dir. Tamilla Woodard

The Public Theater's MEASURE FOR MEASURE By William Shakespeare, Dir. Michelle Hensley

The Denver Center presents THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS By Caridad Svich, Dir. Jose Zayas


Jason Grote's 1001 (Denver Center, dir. Ethan McSweeny) Denver Post Ovation Award, Nine Parts of Desire (Lyric Stage & Kitchen Theatre, dir. Carmel O'Reilly) IRNE Award Best Solo Performance, Lanna's documentary play, Valiant (dir. Tamilla Woodard) NY Fringe Festival Performance Award & NY Innovative Theatre nomination, Sad and Merry Madness (The Public, Barry Edelstein), The House of Spirits (Denver Center, Jose Zayas), Metamorphoses (Capital Repertory, Maggie Mancinelli-Carter), Damascus (Northern Stage, Brooke Ciardelli), The Fever Chart (Underground Railway Theater, Elena Araoz) The Snow Queen (Urban Stages, Daniella Topol), Mac Wellaman's Cellophane (The Flea, Jim Simpson), Like I Say (The Flea, Len Jenkin), Saviana Stanescu's Waxing West (Goldberg Festival, Jonathan Silverstein), Israel Horovitz'sSecurity & A Mother's Love (Barefoot Theatre Company, Eric Nightengale & Pam Seiderman),Marko The Prince (Immigrants Theatre Project, Marcy Arlin) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Cider Mill Playhouse, Wendy Dann). Film/TV: Security, Delocated, Breathtaking, Someday Soon and The New Americans. Writing: She has collaborated with Karen Finley on Lanna's solo piece, "Rain" (The Flea) and with Creative Destruction Theatre Company for their evening of Mashups and B-Sides (Nelson Eusebio, The Tank). She also regularly performs her spoken word at Nuyorican Poets Café, TerraNova Collective's Subterranean and other NYC venues and events. Barefoot Theatre Company member since 2010.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Submission Guidelines for new works...

Barefoot Theatre Company is currently in search of new and provocative contemporary plays for their upcoming season of readings and workshops. With over 65 productions since 1999, Barefoot Theatre Company is committed to the development of new plays and the fostering of playwrights; emerging and established. Past works we've developed and produced have been seen at such noted theaters as: The Bouwerie Lane Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Boston Theatre Marathon, Gloucester Stage Company, Theatre Row Theatres and most notably The Cherry Lane Theatre, among others, as well as being published under Samuel French Play Publishers, Inc.

before submitting PLEASE visit our website and get to know us and the work we do and have done.

For our bareNaked Reading Series, we are looking for plays that have never had a public presentation even in the format of a reading.

For our bareNaked Workshop Series, we are in search of plays that are near completion but still in the development stage.

Please keep in mind that we are NOT a producing house, we are a collaborative ensemble of actors, directors, playwrights and designers and we are looking to develop and produce new works with playwrights.

When submitting your play, please be sure to include the following:

1. Include a brief synopsis of your play including its production and development history.
2. Provide a character breakdown (i.e. number of men, number of women, ages, etc)
3. List any technical requirements (anything out of the ordinary).
4. An updated bio and current contact information.
Please send your submissions to:

DEADLINE: July 10th.

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred; if you cannot submit the proposal electronically, please contact us for further instructions. For more information, contact the address above.


In 1999, Barefoot Theatre Company was founded by a multicultural group of artists determined to produce vital, thought-provoking works, both new and existing. We embrace the importance of the collaborative process, nurture our ensemble commitment, and continue to learn from the younger generations we mentor.

Producing Artistic Director: Francisco Solorzano
Co-Artistic Director: Nicole Haran
Managing Director: Victoria Malvagno
Producing Director: Christopher Whalen
Literary Manager: Therese Plaehn

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ensemble Member, Michael LoPorto returns to Park Playhouse...

July 19 – August 14, 2011 – Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00pm
in Albany’s Washington Park
Premium, Reserved Tickets are now on sale and going fast!

About The Show: Outrageous, hilarious, a teeny bit offensive, off the wall, and the winner of a record 12 Tony Awards are just a few things that THE PRODUCERS is. But it is never boring and you will find yourself holding your sides with laughter as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom sing and dance their way through the greatest show biz scam that there ever was!

The Producers contains material and language which parents may deem inappropriate for children under 13

The Production Team:

Director: Michael LoPorto
Choreographer: Geoffrey Doig-Marx
Musical Director: Justin P. Cowan
Production Dramaturg: Russell M. Dembin
Scenic Designer: William Davis
Lighting Designer: Vincent Vigilante
Costume Designer: Olga Mill
Sound Designer: David Gordon
Technical Director: Timothy Bornt
Production Stage Manager: Michelle Hines
Assistant Musical Director: Andy Roninson
Assistant Choreographer: Ashley Simone Kirchner
Assistant Stage Manager: Elizabeth Ellis
Scenery by Upstate Scenic

Michael LoPorto

Selected directing credits: One Night Only: A Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featuring Lea Delaria (The Loews Theatre, New Jersey), the off-Broadway production of CJ Thom's Eightballs: A Cocaine Comedy (The Lafayette Theatre), the world premier of six of the nine plays that make up Israel Horovitz's New Shortsfeaturing Lynn Cohen (The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row Theatres), Fiddler On The Roofin 2004, South Pacific in 2005, Grease in 2007, and Annie Get Your Gun in 2010 (all at Park Playhouse in Albany, NY), Birds In Church & Dirty Talk by Joe Pintauro (The Pantheon Theatre), Tongues by Sam Shepard (BRIC Studio), the 35th anniversary production of The Indian Wants The Bronx by Israel Horovitz (Gloucester Stage Company), Behind The Fence by Richard Stremme (Theater for the New City), the first New York revival of Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie? by Don Peterson (The Looking Glass Theatre), and the world premier of Complete Control (DUMBO Theatre eXchange), a workshop production of Next (The American Theatre of Actors), a production of an abridged version of The Hunger Arts (The 92nd Street Y), a staged reading ofMohammad's Radio (Bleecker Street Theatre), a book trailer for Jennifer L. Pozner'sReality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV entitled "Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn" (, and the world premier of Next (HERE Arts Center) - all written by Stephen Gracia.

Michael is also a musician who has appeared on numerous independent releases and has toured most of the east coast as a drummer in several bands, at such notable venues as CBGB, The Continental, The Knitting Factory, The Pipeline, Don Hills, Coney Island High, The Charleston, The Trash Bar, The Midway Cafe, The Safari Lounge, Café Nine, The Living Room, L'amour, and The Tune Inn.

BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, 2004.

Michael is a founding member of Barefoot Theatre Company and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.