Wednesday, October 26, 2011

VERSE CHORUS VERSE by Randall Colburn (WHO'S WHO)

VERSE CHORUS VERSE by Randall Colburn receives its NY premiere this fall, having debuted this spring in Chicago at Tympanic Theater. VERSE CHORUS VERSE will preview October 26th prior to its official opening night October 29 and running through November 12.

Set 20 years after the death of Kurt Cobain -- the rock musician who wrote the song of the same name for the popular band Nirvana -- VERSE CHORUS VERSE follows Polly, the haunted subject of the Nirvana song, as she seeks out the young rock star who wants to prove Cobain's death was a murder.
Mr. Colburn's plays have been produced or developed at such theatres as Alliance, Public Theater, Victory Gardens, Stage Left and The Right Brain Project, which dedicated its 2010 season to his work. His plays include LAMP & MOTH, RAVISHMENT and BLESSED ASSURANCE. His HESPERIA is slated for production at Writers' Theatre next winter. He is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and was named by Chicago Reader as "One to Watch."

Here's a look at WHO'S WHO (Playwright, Director, Cast):

Randall Colburn’s plays have been produced or developed at such theaters as the Alliance, the Public, Victory Gardens, CityLit, InFusion, Brain Surgeon Theater, Stage Left, and The Right Brain Project, who dedicated their 2010 season to his work. He is the recipient of a 2010 Individual Artist Grant from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as playwriting fellowships from Dad’s Garage Theatre and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His play Lamp & Moth was a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Alliance’s 2009 Kendeda Graduate Playwright Competition and the 2009 New York Summer Play Fest, and his short play Ravishment was part of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance’s 2008 British Arts Tour. He has been commissioned by Writers’ Theatre and InFusion Theatre and is an artistic associate with Brain Surgeon Theater. This spring he premiered his play Verse Chorus Verse with Tympanic Theater after developing the play at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs’ Incubator Series, and will be developing his play Blessed Assurance in a residency at Stage Left Theater. His play Hesperia is slated for production at Writers’ Theatre next winter. He is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and was recently named by the Chicago Reader as “One to Watch.” A bad movie scholar, Randall was also featured in the hit documentary, Best Worst Movie. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Ricardo Riethmuller is a director, performer, and producer. He is a founding member of East 3rd Productions. His directing credits include: NO EXIT (Fehomj Group), THE WIERD SISTERS (East 3rd Productions, Inc), 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT: HOROVITZ MARATHON (East 3rd Productions, Barefoot Theatre Company), A LASTING IMPRESSION (East 3rd Productions), and STRANGE SNOW (East 3rd Productions). He has also directed readings by playwright Zack Calhoon and has directed for aMios Theater Company’s SHOTZ.

Forbes March (Gerald Friend) March's first big acting role was Scott Chandler on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children in 1999. Paired with new character Becca Tyree (Abigail Spencer), he was written off the series in 2000. March and Spencer soon worked together again on the 2001 independent film Campfire Stories. He next played Jesse Kilmartin on the Canadian science fiction series Mutant X from 2001 until the show's cancellation in 2004. In late July 2005, he returned to daytime television as Nash Brennan on ABC's One Life to Live from July 7, 2005 to June 5, 2008, and then briefly from June 6, 2008 to July 16, 2008. Special thanks to Henry Ravelo for all his help and support over the years.


Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes* (Polly, Managing Director, Producer) is an actress and producer. She received her MFA from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School at Harvard University and her BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY New Paltz. She has produced and performed in numerous films and plays. Production credits include: Associate Producer for “CAPICU” (Best Short at the Poconos Film Festival), Associate Producer for Rising Sun Falling Star (78th St Theatre Lab) and The Room (Howl Theatre Festival, NYC). As an actor she has appeared at Columbia Stages (Columbia University), Theatre Row Theatres, the A.R.T. and The Moscow Art Theater. Film: The Stick Up Kids and Willets Point. Ms. Rodriguez-Reyes has been seen on HBO’s The Sopranos, ABC’s Primetime Negligent Nanny, and the Discovery Learning Channel Cookin in Brooklyn. She joined East 3rd Productions in 2008 as Producer for their first main-stage show, The Weird Sisters, and has gone on to become Managing Director. She has produced all of East 3rd’s theatrical and cinematic productions as well as starring in the second main-stage production, A Bicycle Country, at Theatre Row Theatres. Lorraine is also a member of Barefoot Theatre Company. Many thanks to my wonderful husband Marc, our precious son Marcus Joaquin and The Rodriguez and Reyes Family for all your love and support! With out you this wouldn’t have been possible.


Kristy Powers (Moira Stanwyck) is happy to be making her debut with East 3rd Productions at the Cherry Lane Theatre. She completed her studies at American University, The British American Drama Academy in London, and Circle in the Square Theatre. She's also founding member of Rag N'Bone Theatre Company. Special thanks to family, friends, and aMios with whom she feels honored to work with every month.

Joshua Coomer* (Terry Krug) is a member of aMios Theatre Company and can be seen in LongShotz: Arrivals in December. NY: Shotz (Under St. Marks), NYCycle(Access Theater), Another Day in Polka-Topia (American Globe Theatre). Regional: Much Ado About Nothing, Tantalus, Cloud 9, Romeo and Juliet (Denver Center), Macbeth (Minnetrista), The Falcon's Pitch, Measure For Measure (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). BS: Ball State University. MFA: National Theatre Conservatory.


Michael Mallard* (Mason Dwyer, Set Designer) is an actor, photographer, and designer. He received his MFA from the National Theater Conservatory, and his BFA from Texas State University. Most recently Michael portrayed the role of Megs in Stephen Metcalfe's STRANGE SNOW. He has performed with Arkansas Repertory Theater, The Denver Center, and toured with Romeo & Juliet as part of the NEA’s Shakespeare Across America Tour. He has acted in industrial films, commercials, and has recorded numerous voice-overs. During Michael’s three years at the National Theater Conservatory he had the opportunity to train in an array of movement and vocal studies including the Skinner releasing technique, the Fitzmaurice method, as well as low-flying trapeze. He has since joined East 3rd Productions as Creative Director and serves as a core creative member. In addition to being a member of East 3rd he is also active with aMios Theater Company and the Ensembull$h!t trapeze workshop.


Michael Bryan Hill* (Garrett Leskin) This Ohio native is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew. National Tours include both Aladdin and Babes in Toyland. Favorite regional credits include Cosmo Brown in Singin in the Rain, Snoopy in ....Charlie Brown, Peter in Diary of Anne Frank, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as roles in West Side Story, On the Town, A Christmas Carol, Once Upon a Mattress and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Proud member of AEA & AFTRA. Thanks to family, friends and manager Susan at CBU Management and agent Eileen Haves for all their love and support. For Arlah Brewer, love you YahYah!


Singh Birdsong (Sez/Spirit of Grunge) is a New York based multi- instrumentalist. He has performed in Moscow, Belgium, Paris, London and elsewhere in England, Italy, Greece and all over the United States. Singh was born in Queens, raised on the Lower East Side, and attended school around downtown Manhattan. The eclectic beauty and energy of these parts of the city have had a palpable influence on his music.


Barefoot Theatre Company in collaboration with East 3rd Productions proudly presents STRIPP3D, a festival of plays continuing with the NEW YORK PREMIERE of:

VERSE CHORUS VERSE
October 28-Nov. 12 (previews: Oct 26th, 27th, & 28th; Opening Night: Sat, Oct 29th @ 7pm)

Written by Randall Colburn
directed by Ricardo Riethmuller

featuring
Forbes March
Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes*+
Michael Mallard*
Kristy Powers
Michael Bryan Hill*
Joshua Coomer*
Singh Birdsong

Eric Nightengale: Light Designer+
Michael Mallard: Set Designer
Jennie West: Costume Designer+
Sidiq Alexander: Sound Designer
Zoe Sarnak: Composer
Charles Casano: Stage Manager
Matthew Brierly: Assistant Stage Manager
Meropi Peponides: Dramaturg
Michael Mallard: Photographer
Barefoot Theatre Company: Executive Producer

*AEA Member / + Barefoot Theatre Company Member

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Adam "AD ROCK" Horovitz joins STRIPP3D!!!

It's official! BEASTIE BOYS' Ad Rock, Adam Horovitz will create the sound design to our 3rd installment in STRIPP3D, GLOUCESTER BLUE by Israel Horovitz. The festival features new and reintroduced works by emerging and established playwrights.

Barefoot Theatre Company and East 3rd Productions collaborate to bring you some the most exciting plays this Fall Season. Part of BTC's 2011-2012 Season at the legendary CHERRY LANE THEATRE.

GLOUCESTER BLUE written and directed by Israel Horovitz will feature Ensemble Members, Therese Plaehn, Francisco Solorzano and Christopher Whalen along with special guest, Robert Walsh. Joining Adam Horovitz in the design team, Niluka Hotaling (lighting design); Victoria Malvagno (costume design); Michael Mallard (sets); Adam Dalton (graphic design); Nicole Haran (assistant director); Joseph Sousa (playwright assistant); and Samantha Fontana (production stage manager).

Pictured: 1st, AD ROCK w Beastie Boys; 2nd, Adam Horovitz at Barefoot Theatre Company's 70/70 Horovitz Project; 3rd Rachel Horovitz, Israel Horovitz and Adam Horovitz at the Opening of Barefoot Theatre Company's 70/70 Horovitz Project.

ISRAEL HOROVITZ’s plays have been translated and performed worldwide. Best known plays: Line (now in 39th year, Off Broadway), The Indian Wants The Bronx, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays, The Widow’s Blind Date, Today I Am A Fountain Pen, Park Your Car In Harvard Yard (which Horovitz has adapted for a film starring Julianne Moore; also being revived on stage in Paris and Prague, this season), North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, and My Old Lady (Trés chére Mathilde, (a triumph in Paris this past season at Theatre Marigny, Paris, starring Line Renaud and Samuel Labarthe). Newer plays include Free Gift, Stations of the Cross, One Under, 50 Years of Caddieing, Speaking Well of the Dead, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, Security, A Mother’s Love, Sins of the Mother, The Fat Guy Gets the Girl, Cat-Lady, The Dance Play, The Race Play, Hotel Play, The Audition Play, 2nd Violin, Beirut Rocks, The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath, The P-Word, and Compromise. Screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival), Sunshine (European Academy Award - Best Screenplay), and EMMY-nominated James Dean. Horovitz wrote, directed and performed the award-winning documentary 3 Weeks After Paradise, shown in the USA on Bravo. He has recently completed new screenplays, The Little Shock and screen-adaptation of The Secret of Mme Bonnard's Bath and My Old Lady. Awards include the OBIE (twice), the Prix de Plaisir du Théâtre, The Prix Italia (for radio plays), The Sony Radio Academy Award (for Man In Snow), The Writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, The Christopher Award, the Drama Desk Award, an Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Elliot Norton Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Award from B’Nai Brith, the Literature Prize of Washington College, an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Salem (Massachusetts) State College, Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award, the Walker Hancock Prize, and many others. Mr. Horovitz is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage, and of the New York Playwrights Lab. He is the father of film-producer Rachael Horovitz, TV producer/director Matthew Horovitz, Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, and 24-year-old twins, Hannah Horovitz (recent graduate of Vassar College) and Oliver Horovitz (filmmaker, teaching assistant at Harvard College). Each spring, Mr. Horovitz teaches a bilingual screenwriting workshop with six screenwriters from la Fémis, France's national film school, and six from Columbia University's Graduate film program, as well as a playwriting workshop at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in collaboration with The Byre Theatre. He is married to Gillian Adams-Horovitz, former British National Marathon Champion and Record holder, and former USA Track & Field (Masters) Marathon Champion. The Horovitz family divides its time among homes in Gloucester, NYC’s Greenwich Village, and London’s Dulwich Village. Mr. Horovitz visits France, frequently, where he often directs French-language productions of his plays. He is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history. He was recently decorated as Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, the highest honor bestowed on a foreign artist by the French government.

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BAREFOOT THEATRE'S "70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT" BEGAN 31 MARCH 09 (Israel Horovitz's 70th Birthday) and continued until 31 March 2011. During this two-year-long, world-wide event, 70 of Horovitz plays were given readings and/or productions around the globe. Link to the "70/70 Horovitz Project" press info recently posted on Broadwayworld.com is: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Barefoot_Theatre_Co_to_Present_Year_Long_THE_7070_HOROVITZ_PROJECT_20090207

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WHO'S WHO in RAFT OF THE MUDUSA (now playing)

Here's a look at the final three cast members in our current production of RAFT OF THE MEDUSA by Joe Pintauro, directed by Francisco Solorzano.


GILLIAN ROUGIER (Nairobi) is pleased to be a part of Barefoot’s fall 2011 season! She last worked with the company doing a reading of BALM IN GILEAD at the Cherry Lane Theatre. She holds a BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College (CUNY.) She was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. This sum

mer marks her 10-year anniversary of being in the United States. She wants to thank Frank and Sam for giving her the opportunity to be a part of this great company. She also wants to thank her family and Mack for their continuous support.


CHRISTOPHER WHALEN (Alec) Theater: SINS OF THE MOTHER written and directed by Israel Horovitz (Gloucester Stage Company), 70/70 Horovitz Project in Horovitz's UNEXPECTED TENDERNESS (alongside Michael Stuhlbarg, Annabella Sciorra, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Anna Chlumsky, and Sol Freider at the Bleecker Street Theater), bareNaked Reading Series (NY/LA), SUITE HOROVITZ & MID EAST PIECES by Horovitz (Theatre

For The New City). Christopher developed the role of Moretti in the workshop production of DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Dave, Benjy, Todd, and Angry Male in Israel Horovitz's NEW SHORTS (Theatre Row Theatres opposite Lynn Cohen), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, PERICLES, CRIMES OF THE HEART, Israel Horovitz's SECURITY (Bleecker Street Theatre) & NORTH SHORE FISH (78th Street Theatre Lab) and Joseph Sousa's TEETH OF THE SONS (Bleecker Street Theatre) among others. Film: PS. I LOVE YOU opposite Lisa Kudrow, (Warner Brothers), THE PROCTOR (Endless Films). A physical fitness enthusiast, he completed his third New York City marathon in the fall of 2007. Christopher is currently the Producing Director of the Barefoot Theatre Company. Member Since 2004.


ANDREW MacLARTY (Tommy) is a New York based actor. He has most recently appeared in Theodora Skipitares' adaptation of LYSISTRATA at La MaMa, and TOMORROW'S SHORE, the HERE Arts Center, and is a regular ensemble member in the Gi60 international one minute play festival. As a teenager, Andrew performed at The United Nations in two fund raising relief benefit shows. Television credits include BOARDWALK EMPIRE.


RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (TOP 10 FACTS ON HIV/AIDS) FACT # 10

Fact 10

Some key ways to prevent HIV transmission:

  • abstain from sex, or practice safe sexual behaviors such as using condoms;
  • get tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV;
  • avoid injecting drugs, or if you do, always use new and disposable needles and syringes; and
  • ensure that any blood or blood products that you might need are tested for HIV.
RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WHO'S WHO in RAFT OF THE MUDUSA (now playing)

Here are two Ensemble Members, Maia Sage and Gil Ron as well as family member, Michael Pierre Louis - all currently appearing in RAFT OF THE MEDUSA at The Cherry Lane Theatre...

MAIA SAGE ( Estelle / Felicia) is a drama major at LaGuardia Arts High School. Performances include: Israel Horovitz’s NEW SHORTS on Theatre Row, BUSTED by Danelle Eliav, Edna in THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME. She has trained at the Martha Graham Dance Company Teen Program, Dance Theatre Workshop, Studio Maestro and American Ballroom Theater. Maia was a featured dancer in Noémie LaFrance’s site-specific performance piece, AGORA II, in the McCarren Park pool in Greenpoint and has been a choreographer/soloist at: Jacob’s Pillow Dance, La Mama, Danspace, Chez Bushwick, Dance Theatre Workshop. Barefoot Theatre Company member since 2004.


GIL RON (Dr. Jerry Rizzo) A Member of the Barefoot Theatre Company since 2001 and a Member of El Repertorio Espanol since 2002. Last seen, as Julius Ceasar at the Secret Theatre. Barefoot Productions: DE DONDE?, DOES A TIGER WEAR A NECKTIE?, A MOTHERS LOVE, NORTH SHORE FISH, DIRTY TALK and DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Repertorio Productions: BLOOD WEDDING, THE FEAST OF THE GOAT, CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD, O.K. and ANA IN THE TROPICS. Gil directed East 3rd Production’s NYC Premier of A BICYCLE COUNTRY, by Nilo Cruz. Gil is recipient of the HOLA, ACE, and OOBR awards. For Sammy Russo.




MICHAEL PIERRE LOUIS (Alan) received his BFA in Acting at Brooklyn College in 2011, he has also been seen in the film BENEATH THE ROCK by Eliana Ujueta and on stage in ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN by Jonathan Libman. His credits also include, Tony in SAVAGE IN LIMBO, William in LOBBY HERO, and Kaden in AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN. Michael was also part of the Gone In 60 International play festival. This is his second collaboration with The Barefoot Theatre Company, and he could not be more excited to work with this group of talented, dedicated individuals. Special thanks to my family and friends for their love and support, and I would like to thank Barefoot Theatre and East 3rd productions for this opportunity, and for continuing to foster new and innovating theater.


RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (TOP 10 FACTS ON HIV/AIDS) FACT # 9

Fact 9

In 2007, more than 450 000 deaths from tuberculosis occurred among people living with HIV. This is equal to nearly a quarter of the estimated 2 million deaths from HIV in that year. The majority of people living with both HIV and TB reside in sub-Saharan Africa (about 80% of cases worldwide), of whom around one quarter are in South Africa.

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

Monday, October 17, 2011

WHO'S WHO in RAFT OF THE MUDUSA (now playing)

Here's another close look at Who's in the cast of our current production, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA by Joe Pintauro at the Cherry Lane Theatre, directed by Francisco Solorzano.

JOHN GAZZALE (Donald) most recently played Simon Bliss in a
production of HAY FEVER in Woodstock, NY. NYC theater credits include Fayette in WAITING FOR LEFTY; Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE AND MARLEY (Barefoot Theatre Company). William Hearst inTerranova (FringeNYC 09 Encore); Arthur Shannon in Tennessee William’s SPRING STORM (New York premiere); Leon in DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Barefoot Theatre Company world premiere). Member of Barefoot Theatre Company, VOICETheatre, and The Seeing Place Theatre. Thank you and love to Mom, Dad, and David Gideon.

SAMANTHA FONTANA (Cora) a native New Yorker, received her BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film. Samantha is a proud Company Member and Artistic Associate of the Barefoot Theatre Company and made her Off-Broadway debut performing as the Understudy in Barefoot's production of EMERGENCY USED CANDLES directed by Victoria Malvagno. She and Victoria wrote and workshopped THE VILLAGE ILIAD, a One Woman Show about growing up in the East Village at the Cherry Lane Theatre this past Spring. She has also performed in GI60, the International One Minute Play Festival, in the West Coast Premiere of the bareNaked Reading Series in Los Angeles, CA and other shows. Samantha is the co-writer, director and lead actor for "S&M", a series of comedic web shorts.


CHARLES EVERETT (Jimmy) has been a proud member of Barefoot Theatre Company since 2007. Theater: NEXT! (HERE Arts Center); SECURITY (Theater for the New City); HERE. THIS. NOW. (NY Fringe). Film: FRANCIS OF BROOKLYN; ASSATA AKA JOANNE CHESIMARD; THE LAST INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOY; THE ASSASSIN. Television: LAW & ORDER, 30 ROCK, RESCUE ME. Training: Maggie Flanigan Studio (NYC). Charles performs the character of Rico Velazquez in the Sony Playstation games KILLZONE 2 & KILLZONE 3. www.charleseverett.com


RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (TOP 10 FACTS ON HIV/AIDS) FACT 8

Fact 8

Mother-to-child-transmission is almost entirely avoidable, but access to preventive interventions remains low in most developing low- and middle-income countries. However, progress has been made. In 2008, 45% of pregnant women living with HIV received antiretrovirals to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus, up from 10% in 2004.

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

WHO'S WHO in RAFT OF THE MUDUSA (now playing)

JEREMY BRENA (Michael) Barefoot Credits include Sal in DOG DAY AFTERNOON and Joe Pintauro's Metropolitan Operas (Fiat, Butterball, & Charlie’s Farewell.) He originated roles in Israel Horovitz’s NEW SHORTS (The Audition Play, The Hotel Play, and The Bridal Dance) and was also seen in other roles from the same collection (Inconsolable, The Race Pay, and Fiddleheads and Lovers.) Jeremy was also a part of The 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT which included productions ofSUITE HOROVITZ, Horovitz's adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE AND MARLEY, and staged readings of HONEST TO GOD SCHNOZZOLA, THE ALFRED TRILOGY, and UNEXPECTED TENDERNESS. Other Barefoot credits include, A FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS AND POETRY by Israel Horovitz (Hopscotch and Shooting Gallery), and the 40th anniversary revival of Lanford Wilson’s BALM IN GILEAD).
Other credits include THE POSSIBILITIES (Reasons for the Fall of Emperors) with Collective Productions, THE KILLER as part of the Ionescoe Festival, DEAD END as part of the Fringe Festival, RICHARD OF YORK (3 Henry VI & Richard III), with the York Shakespeare Company, and Raised in Captivity as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in
Charleston, SC. Jeremy’s film credits include SUNDAYS, AMERICAN ADOBO, SWIMFAN, and THE SAME DEEP WATER AS YOU. He earned a B.A. in Theatre from the College of Charleston. Barefoot Theatre Company member since 2001.


MARK G. CISNEROS (Larry) - 2002 OOBR Award winning actor Mark G. Cisneros has a career in Theater and Film spanning over 16 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? By Mary Gallagher, his first play 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 and ensemble of the Barefoot Theatre Company and is reviving his previously defunct company On A Quest to develop two plays, MY NIGHT WITH FRIDA by Rob Santana which he will co-produce and direct, and DON QUIXOTE IN TIANANMEN SQUARE by Daniel Ho in which he will co-produce and star as the iconic literary hero. Full productions of both coming Summer and Fall of 2012. As always Mark thanks his wonderful family and friends for their undying support of his artistic endeavors.




RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.


Friday, October 14, 2011

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (WHO's WHO in the CAST & CREW)

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA by Joe Pintauro is currently running till Oct, Sat 22nd at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Stay tuned for featured blogs on who's who in the cast and crew!

WHO’S WHO

JOE PINTAURO (playwright) - poems: Harper & Row, also in collaboration with artists, Corita Kent and Norman LaLiberte. His three one acts about Italian American life in NYC, entitled CACCIATORE earned his first major theatre reviews. SNOW ORCHID, his first full length. became a selection of the Eugene O'Neill Conference and later with Olympia Dukakis, Peter Boyle and Robert Lupone at Circle Rep. A revival in London, starred Jude Law and Paola di Ognisotti. Short plays: AMERICAN DIVINE, in Chicago and "MOVING TARGETS" New York City's Vineyard Theater, Metropolitan Operas, Milenium Group, NYC. have been compared to Jame's Joyce's THE DUBLINERS. Full length plays: BESIDE HERSELF, with William Hurt, Lois Smith, Calista Flockhart and Melissa Joan Hart. RAFT OF THE MEDUSA: Minetta Lane and London's Gate Nottinghill (SALVATION). MEN'S LIVES, an adaptation of Mattheissen's non fiction book, was the innaugural production of the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. THE DEAD BOY, about faith and trauma: work-shopped at London's Royal Court under Stephen Daldry and again there with Ian McKellan. Pintauro directed THE DEAD BOY in Dutch language in the Netherlands as: DODE JONGEN, with Anton Lutz and most recently with Roy Scheider and Mercedes Ruehl, again in workshop in Key West. His collection of some forty short plays called, METROPOLITAN OPERAS (Dramatists Play Service, NYC, are oproduced in various languages world wide including the Comedia del Arte in Venetia under Carla Poli. The trilogy BY THE SEA, BY THE SEA, BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA, a collaboration with Terrence McNally and Lanford Wilson, was produced by The Bay Street Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. HEAVEN AND EARTH, about American Farm life, also a Bay Street production, was directed by Jack Hofsiss. Pintauro has recently completed BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, a Civil War screenplay about the only woman to ever receive the Congressional medal of Honor and is working on two new full length plays with The Pacific Theatre Company, in Los Angeles, KARMA BOOMERANG and DANCE NITE ON THE RIVER QUEEN. Joe studied poetry with Leonie Adams at Columbia University. He taught fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence and N.Y.U's Tisch, film making at Marymount College and The School of Visual Arts, N.Y. He taught playwriting at Southampton College. Pintauro was playwright for the 2003 Southampton Writers Conference. THE DEAD BOY was a selection of the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. "STATE OF GRACE." his novel was published by Times Books. His novel, COLD HANDS, Simon and Schuster, was widely reviewed and singled out by the New York Times as one of the best novels of the year. Pintauro has studied cinematography under George Stoney, NYU, has a B.B.A. from Manhattan College, a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Jerome's College, Kitchener, Ontario and four full time years of Theology at Our Lady of Angels Seminary, Niagara University. He was recently awarded the Margaret Hill inaugural chair in theatre at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame and was named recipient of the 2005 John Steinbeck literary award.


JOHN GAZZALE (Donald) most recently played Simon Bliss in a production of HAY FEVER in Woodstock, NY. NYC theater credits include Fayette in WAITING FOR LEFTY; Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE AND MARLEY (Barefoot Theatre Company). William Hearst in Terranova (FringeNYC 09 Encore); Arthur Shannon in Tennessee William’s SPRING STORM (New York premiere); Leon in DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Barefoot Theatre Company world premiere). Member of Barefoot Theatre Company, VOICETheatre, and The Seeing Place Theatre. Thank you and love to Mom, Dad, and David Gideon.


JEREMY BRENA (Michael) Barefoot Credits include Sal in DOG DAY AFTERNOON and Joe Pintauro's Metropolitan Operas (Fiat, Butterball, & Charlie’s Farewell.) He originated roles in Israel Horovitz’s NEW SHORTS (The Audition Play, The Hotel Play, and The Bridal Dance) and was also seen in other roles from the same collection (Inconsolable, The Race Pay, and Fiddleheads and Lovers.) Jeremy was also a part of The 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT which included productions of SUITE HOROVITZ, Horovitz's adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SCROOGE AND MARLEY, and staged readings of HONEST TO GOD SCHNOZZOLA, THE ALFRED TRILOGY, and UNEXPECTED TENDERNESS. Other Barefoot credits include, A FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS AND POETRY by Israel Horovitz (Hopscotch and Shooting Gallery), and the 40th anniversary revival of Lanford Wilson’s BALM IN GILEAD). Other credits include THE POSSIBILITIES (Reasons for the Fall of Emperors) with Collective Productions, THE KILLER as part of the Ionescoe Festival, DEAD END as part of the Fringe Festival, RICHARD OF YORK (3 Henry VI & Richard III), with the York Shakespeare Company, and Raised in Captivity as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Jeremy’s film credits include SUNDAYS, AMERICAN ADOBO, SWIMFAN, and THE SAME DEEP WATER AS YOU. He earned a B.A. in Theatre from the College of Charleston. Barefoot Theatre Company member since 2001.


MAIA SAGE ( Estelle / Felicia) is a drama major at LaGuardia Arts High School. Performances include: Israel Horovitz’s NEW SHORTS on Theatre Row, BUSTED by Danelle Eliav, Edna in THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME. She has trained at the Martha Graham Dance Company Teen Program, Dance Theatre Workshop, Studio Maestro and American Ballroom Theater. Maia was a featured dancer in Noémie LaFrance’s site-specific performance piece, AGORA II, in the McCarren Park pool in Greenpoint and has been a choreographer/soloist at: Jacob’s Pillow Dance, La Mama, Danspace, Chez Bushwick, Dance Theatre Workshop. Barefoot Theatre Company member since 2004.



GIL RON (Dr. Jerry Rizzo) A Member of the Barefoot Theatre Company since 2001 and a Member of El Repertorio Espanol since 2002. Last seen, as Julius Ceasar at the Secret Theatre. Barefoot Productions: DE DONDE?, DOES A TIGER WEAR A NECKTIE?, A MOTHERS LOVE, NORTH SHORE FISH, DIRTY TALK and DOG DAY AFTERNOON. Repertorio Productions: BLOOD WEDDING, THE FEAST OF THE GOAT, CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD, O.K. and ANA IN THE TROPICS. Gil directed East 3rd Production’s NYC Premier of A BICYCLE COUNTRY, by Nilo Cruz. Gil is recipient of the HOLA, ACE, and OOBR awards. For Sammy Russo.


MICHAEL PIERRE LOUIS (Alan) received his BFA in Acting at Brooklyn College in 2011, he has also been seen in the film BENEATH THE ROCK by Eliana Ujueta and on stage in ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN by Jonathan Libman. His credits also include, Tony in SAVAGE IN LIMBO, William in LOBBY HERO, and Kaden in AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN. Michael was also part of the Gone In 60 International play festival. This is his second collaboration with The Barefoot Theatre Company, and he could not be more excited to work with this group of talented, dedicated individuals. Special thanks to my family and friends for their love and support, and I would like to thank Barefoot Theatre and East 3rd productions for this opportunity, and for continuing to foster new and innovating theater.


GILLIAN ROUGIER (Nairobi) is pleased to be a part of Barefoot’s fall 2011 season! She last worked with the company doing a reading of BALM IN GILEAD at the Cherry Lane Theatre. She holds a BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College (CUNY.) She was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. This summer marks her 10-year anniversary of being in the United States. She wants to thank Frank and Sam for giving her the opportunity to be a part of this great company. She also wants to thank her family and Mack for their continuous support.


ANDREW MacLARTY (Tommy) is a New York based actor. He has most recently appeared in Theodora Skipitares' adaptation of LYSISTRATA at La MaMa, and TOMORROW'S SHORE, the HERE Arts Center, and is a regular ensemble member in the Gi60 international one minute play festival. As a teenager, Andrew performed at The United Nations in two fund raising relief benefit shows. Television credits include BOARDWALK EMPIRE.


MARK G. CISNEROS (Larry) - 2002 OOBR Award winning actor Mark G. Cisneros has a career in Theater and Film spanning over 16 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? By Mary Gallagher, his first play 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 and ensemble of the Barefoot Theatre Company and is reviving his previously defunct company On A Quest to develop two plays, MY NIGHT WITH FRIDA by Rob Santana which he will co-produce and direct, and DON QUIXOTE IN TIANANMEN SQUARE by Daniel Ho in which he will co-produce and star as the iconic literary hero. Full productions of both coming Summer and Fall of 2012. As always Mark thanks his wonderful family and friends for their undying support of his artistic endeavors.


SAMANTHA FONTANA (Cora) a native New Yorker, received her BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film. Samantha is a proud Company Member and Artistic Associate of the Barefoot Theatre Company and made her Off-Broadway debut performing as the Understudy in Barefoot's production of EMERGENCY USED CANDLES directed by Victoria Malvagno. She and Victoria wrote and workshopped THE VILLAGE ILIAD, a One Woman Show about growing up in the East Village at the Cherry Lane Theatre this past Spring. She has also performed in GI60, the International One Minute Play Festival, in the West Coast Premiere of the bareNaked Reading Series in Los Angeles, CA and other shows. Samantha is the co-writer, director and lead actor for "S&M", a series of comedic web shorts.


CHRISTOPHER WHALEN (Alec) Theater: SINS OF THE MOTHER written and directed by Israel Horovitz (Gloucester Stage Company), 70/70 Horovitz Project in Horovitz's UNEXPECTED TENDERNESS (alongside Michael Stuhlbarg, Annabella Sciorra, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Anna Chlumsky, and Sol Freider at the Bleecker Street Theater), bareNaked Reading Series (NY/LA), SUITE HOROVITZ & MID EAST PIECES by Horovitz (Theatre For The New City). Christopher developed the role of Moretti in the workshop production of DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Dave, Benjy, Todd, and Angry Male in Israel Horovitz's NEW SHORTS (Theatre Row Theatres opposite Lynn Cohen), BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, PERICLES, CRIMES OF THE HEART, Israel Horovitz's SECURITY (Bleecker Street Theatre) & NORTH SHORE FISH (78th Street Theatre Lab) and Joseph Sousa's TEETH OF THE SONS (Bleecker Street Theatre) among others. Film: PS. I LOVE YOU opposite Lisa Kudrow, (Warner Brothers), THE PROCTOR (Endless Films). A physical fitness enthusiast, he completed his third New York City marathon in the fall of 2007. Christopher is currently the Producing Director of the Barefoot Theatre Company. Member Since 2004.


CHARLES EVERETT (Jimmy) has been a proud member of Barefoot Theatre Company since 2007. Theater: NEXT! (HERE Arts Center); SECURITY (Theater for the New City); HERE. THIS. NOW. (NY Fringe). Film: FRANCIS OF BROOKLYN; ASSATA AKA JOANNE CHESIMARD; THE LAST INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOY; THE ASSASSIN. Television: LAW & ORDER, 30 ROCK, RESCUE ME. Training: Maggie Flanigan Studio (NYC). Charles performs the character of Rico Velazquez in the Sony Playstation games KILLZONE 2 & KILLZONE 3. www.charleseverett.com


FRANCISCO SOLORZANO (Director) is a Director, Actor, Producer. Most notably directed and adapted the Off –Broadway, stage adaptation of DOG DAY AFTERNOON as well as collaborating with award winning playwright, Israel Horovitz on many of his plays including some world premieres. Also directed the Award Winning, DE DONDE?. Executive producer of the 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT (a worldwide, year-long festival celebrating Israel Horovitz's 70th Birthday with 70 of his plays.) Co-Founder of BAREFOOT STUDIO PICTURES with Christopher Whalen (several projects in the works). BFA: CUNY'S Brooklyn College; a founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Barefoot Theatre Company since 1999. Recipient of the 2009 Graduate Theater Organization of Brooklyn College, CUNY's Alumnus of the Year Award. Currently splits his time between Brooklyn New York and Hollywood, California. For my family, friends, the cast and Nicole Haran, who taught me so much about perseverance and directing with love first and foremost.


MORGAN EISEN (Production Stage Manager) was born and raised in New York City. She is finishing her degree at Brooklyn College, where she will receive her BA in Theater with a focus in Stage Management. She has Stage Managed several Brooklyn College productions including AUTOBAHN, NOCTURNAL, FLYIN' WEST, THE THUGS, and TI JEANS AND HIS BROTHERS. Morgan has had the privilege of being a founding member of Pangaea Performance Ensemble, and worked at Theaterlab where she managed THREE SISTERS COME AND GO, as well as ALL THE WINDOWS ON ALCATRAZ WITH WHISKEY REBELLION. She is very happy to be making her Barefoot Theatre debut with RAFT OF THE MEDUSA.


MINNA TAYLOR (Assistant Stage Manager) is very excited to be participating with Barefoot on this production. She has a BFA from NYU Tisch with The Atlantic Theater Company and an MFA from Brooklyn College. She produces a series of comedy short films with company member Samantha Fontana. Check out more at www.minnataylor.com


NILUKA HOTALING (Lighting Design) works as a free lance Set and Lighting Designer. She has recently designed shows for Henry Street Settlement Abrons Art center, Arts Connection, Artis Smith Dance Troupe; Barefoot Theatre; Four Chairs Theatre Company; Sackett Group; The New School; Brooklyn Children’s Theatre, Brooklyn College; shows that appeared in The NY Fringe Festival, newfangled theatReR- where she is a founding member, and resident set designer. She has also lent her services as stage manager, scenic charge, carpenter and stage technician to such institutions as Lincoln center Institute, Brooklyn Center for the Performing arts, Daryl Roth Theatre and Spiegel LP. Niluka currently teaches for the Theatre department at Brooklyn College where she received her MFA in Design and Technical Production in 2003. She is a recipient of an Individual Artists Grant from NYSCA in 2005 for her design work at Henry Street and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 in the set design category.


MICHAEL MALLARD (Set Design) received his MFA in Theater from the National Theater Conservatory in Denver, Co., and BFA from Texas State University. While his studies have focused mainly on acting, Michael has always been involved with the design aspect of performance. It is his understanding of the actor that influences his design process: leading him to create a practical world in which the actor, director, and script blend together into story. Michael’s design credits include SECOND by Neil Utterback at Roy Arias Studios, A BICYCLE COUNTRY by Nilo Cruz at Theater Row, and STRANGE SNOW by Stephen Metcalfe for East 3rd Productions. Michael is currently the Creative Director for East 3rd Productions, and has a budding photography business. Michael is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Barefoot Theatre Company and be the Production Designer for the play festival, STRIPP3D, at the Cherry Lane Theatre.


JOHN BEVERLY (Sound & Projection Design) has been designing for the Barefoot Theatre Company since its inception back in 1999.


VICTORIA MALVAGNO (Costume Design) Actor, Director and Teacher. She designed Costumes with Barefoot Theatre Company for over ten years including: Off-Broadway: TEETH OF THE SONS, 45th Anniversary Revival of Lanford Wilson's BALM IN GILEAD, World Premiere of SINS OF THE MOTHER, NEW SHORTS, BEIRUT ROCKS, all by Israel Horovitz including the Indie hit, LOVE SIMPLE (HBO Latino Film Festival; Feel Good Film Festival, CA). Victoria is also an Educational Liaison and teaching artist for The American Ballroom Theater. Her work with ABrT's Dancing Classrooms program can be seen in the award winning documentary MAD HOT BALLROOM. She is a founder and currently the Managing Director of the Barefoot Theatre Company since 1999. For my beautiful mother, Aldina.


RICARDO RIETHMULLER (Co-Producer) is a director, performer, and producer. He is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a founding member of East 3rd Productions. Acing Credits include: 365 PLAYS/365 DAYS Festival (The Public Theater), Multitudo Vulgaris (Under St. Marks), AOI! (Japan Society), THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JACK VITROLO (The Watermill Center, the HERE Arts Center), 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT: HOROVITZ MARATHON (Theater Row Theaters). Directing Credits Include: Multitudo Vulgaris (Bare-Naked Players), NO EXIT(Fehomj Group), THE WIERD SISTERS(East 3rd Productions, Inc), 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT: HOROVITZ MARATHON (East 3rd Productions, Barefoot Theatre Company), A LASTING IMPRESSION (East 3rd Productions), and STRANGE SNOW (East 3rd Productions). He has also directed readings by playwright Zack Calhoon and has directed for aMios Theater Company’s SHOTZ. His producing credits include all the work by East 3rd Productions including Mary Esther, the award winning film TAPEWORM, and East 3rd Visual’s EXTREMITIES. He is excited and honored to collaborate again with Barefoot Theatre Company on the play festival STRIPP3D at the Cherry Lane Theatre.


ERIC VIGDOROV (Associate Producer) is a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn. He has always aspired to be an Actor, immersing him self in the entertainment industry. In 2011 he finished Brooklyn College with a B.F.A. in Acting. Since then Eric performed in his first Off-Broadway production of REEFER MADNESS at the Roy Arias Theater. He also participated in the Figment Festival on Governors Island in a movement piece entitled BEAST. Also he had the opportunity to lead a short film FAMILY this summer. Eric is so excited to be working with Frank Solorzano and the Barefoot Theatre Company family. Many thanks to his family, friends, and fellow artists!


RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (TOP 10 FACTS ON HIV/AIDS) FACT # 7

Fact 7

More than 2 million children are living with HIV/AIDS, according to 2008 figures. Most of the children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Almost 1200 children become newly infected with HIV each day. The number of children receiving ART increased from about 75 000 in 2005 to 355 000 in 2009.

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (TOP 10 FACTS ON HIV/AIDS) FACT # 6

Fact 6

About 5.2 million HIV-positive people had access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in low- and middle-income countries at the end of 2009. This represents a twelvefold increase since 2003. Despite these gains, global coverage of ART is still low. WHO's 2010 treatment guidelines have expanded the number of people recommended for HIV treatment from an estimated 10 million to an estimated 15 million.

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA (TOP 10 FACTS ON HIV/AIDS) # 5

Fact 5

RAFT OF THE MEDUSA by Joe Pint

Combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents the HIV virus from multiplying in the body. If the reproduction of the HIV virus stops, then the body's immune cells are able to live longer and provide the body with protection from infections.

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RAFT OF THE MEDUSA
playing thru Oct 22nd.

The CHERRY LANE THEATRE
Studio Theatre

Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA will kick off "Stripped," with previews starting October 6 prior to a press opening October 8 and running through October 22.

First presented in 1991 to considerable acclaim, RAFT OF THE MEDUSA has been revised by Mr. Pintauro for this production. Drawing on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck, Pintauro's play takes place 10 years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ensemble Members, John Harlacher and Josh Iacovelli!!!

New York Times
THEATER REVIEW | 'CHEERFUL INSANITY'

'Cheerful Insanity,' Here Arts Center - Review

Kim Katzberg in "Penetrating the Space."

Marina Zamalin

Kim Katzberg in "Penetrating the Space."

By ANDY WEBSTER

Published: October 10, 2011

Romantic and sexual trauma pervade "Cheerful Insanity: Chao and Katzberg in Repertory," two plays of contrasting sensibilities at the Here Arts Center. Each barely an hour and running on different dates, they are both confessional in nature and intriguing.

The more linear is Tom X. Chao's droll, ruminative and sometimes arch "Callous Cad." Mr. Chao, playing himself, is agonizing over an affair. His friends on a video screen (a married seducer, a randy couple trumpeting their relationship) are not helping. Offering enlightenment is a Magical Being (the delightful Charlotte Pines of "Play Dead" as the spirit of love) and her Magical Assistant (Amy Virginia Buchanan). Ms. Pines's irrepressible sprite is an enchanting foil to Mr. Chao's petulant and tearful neurotic.

Kim Katzberg's one-woman "Penetrating the Space" is a fractured gallery of personalities coming at you with such velocity that their words demand close attention. Her principal character is Jinny Jikkyl, a wide-eyed, high-strung actress wrestling with insecurity, lack of an agent and an incestuous past. Her support network, if you can call it that, includes a butch lighting designer who worships her and a dissipated former stripper giving glib advice at a suicide prevention hot line (Ms. Katzberg in drag queen mode).

At one point Jinny alludes to her father's sexual assault; at another she dons a teeth-baring wolf mask; at yet another she lasciviously mounts a stuffed purple horse. Animated segments by Maia Cruz Palileo underscore Jinny's dissociation. But for all its aggression and jagged textures, "Penetrating the Space" has a glowing, vulnerable, haunting center.

John Harlacher, who directed both shows, and Josh Iacovelli, on lights, display range and invention with minimal means.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=852357&f=63&p=0