Saturday, August 20, 2011

12th Season Review - FINAL ENTRY, 2011

Before we prepared to take the summer off and begin work on our 2011-2012 Season we managed to produce one of our most exciting presentations. In collaboration with The Cherry Lane Theatre we produced and c0-presented Israel Horovitz's SINS OF THE MOTHER reading. The reading was part of Cherry Lane Theatre's reading series, TONGUES. the reading was directed by our very own playwright and Advisory Board Member, Israel Horovitz. The cast included Academy Award winner, Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Michael Stuhlbarg and Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member, Francisco Solorzano with stage directions by Frances Uku.

We were beyond thrilled to have Chris Cooper (American Beauty, Adaptation - for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) join us this time around. All three, Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Reality Bites, Dead Poets Society), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Boardwalk Empire, The Grey Zone), and Francisco Solorzano have been part of the development and presentations of Horovitz's full length comic-drama.

The reading on Monday, May 2nd played to a packed house in the beautiful Mainstage at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Special thanks to the staff and crew at CLT and especially Founder/Artistic Director, Angelina Fiordellisi.

Barefoot Theatre Company presented a staged reading of the play as part of the opening of 70/70 Horovitz Project (a worldwide, year-long festival celebrating Israel Horovitz' 70th Birthday with readings and productions of 70 of his plays). The reading was directed by Jo Bonney and took place at 45 Bleecker Street Theatre with Bobby Cannavale, John Doman, Michael Stuhlbarg and Francisco Solorzano. Since its developments, workshops and readings the play has gone on to be produced across the United States including Olympia,WA; Manalapan, FL and Gloucester, MA (Harlequin Stages; Florida Stage; and Gloucester Stage Company). We look forward to seeing more of Horovitz' latest work in the near future.

Photos, Top to Bottom: Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Cast of May 2nd Reading with from LtoR: Francisco Solorzano, Israel Horovitz, Ethan Hawke, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Chris Cooper.

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