Monday, December 31, 2012


  • On behalf of the entire Ensemble Members - We wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Here's to an even brighter year filled with many more celebrations, explorations, collaborations and creativity - 2013!

  • Will Allen, Tala Ashe, Lucy Boyle, Jeremy Brena, Susanne Bruno, Gabriel Buentello, Anna Chlumsky, Mark G. Cisneros, Lynn Cohen, Sol Crespo, Alona Dadiani, Danelle Eliav, Charles Everett, Gabe Fazio, Samantha Fontana, Cristina Fernandez, John Gazzale, Lydia Gladstone, Stephen Gracia, Daniel Graff, Nicole Haran, Nancy Harkins, John Harlacher, Patrizia Hernandez, Niluka Hotaling, Josh Iacovelli, Joanna Leigh Jacobsen, Stephanie Janssen, Lanna Joffrey, Kenneth King, Adian Koehler, Arthur Kriklivy, Jessica Langer, Luke Landric Leonard, Thomas James Lombardo, Michael LoPorto, Ruben Luque, Victoria Malvagno, Dedra McCord-Ware, Roderick Nash, Jerry O’Donnell, Therese Plaehn, Luca Pierucci, Cristina Pitter, Amanda Plant, Daniella Rabbani, Michael Reyes, Lorraine Rodriguez, Gil Ron, Gillian Rougier, Maia Sage, Pamela Seiderman, Francisco Solorzano, Anika Solveig, Joseph Sousa, Mark von Sternberg, Jennie West, Christopher Whalen
Stay tuned for our upcoming bareNaked Reading Series schedule and workshop series featuring Michael Reyes' short play, Park Slope!!!  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Wishing ALL of our audiences and loyal friends and families a Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year!!!  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support!   We hope you'll join us for the exciting works we have in store for you beginning this January 2013!!!  More updates coming soon including Ensemble Members Who's Who...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Here's a look at our co-producer and cast member, Danelle Elaiv!!!!! Stop by the Cherry Lane Theatre today at either 2pm or 7pm or BOTH and go on this crazy ride with us! ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE and featuring free coffee, Live Music, free beer, great friends, artists, families and more!!!!

Danelle is an actor, writer, director and producer in theater and film. As an actress, she has performed with Barefoot Theatre, LAByrinth, Primary Stages, The Public Theater, Allentown Shakespeare as well as has performed in the New York Fringe Festival and the Midtown International Film Festival.  Select Theatre includes: Goodnight, Sister (Dir. James Lapine) & Speaking of Tushy (Dir. Israel Horovitz, The Cherry Lane Theatre); Cynthia and the Dreadful Kite (Dir. Jill DeArmon, LAByrinth Theater Barn Series at the Public & Vampire Cowboys Saloon); When in Disgrace (St. Clements Theater); Talk Thirty to Me (Bridge Theatre Company); Burning Cities (NY Fringe); Romeo and Juliet as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Allentown Shakespeare); Mothergun (MITF) and title roles in Extremities and Cymbeline.  Danelle is a proud member of the Barefoot Theatre Company where she has performed in countless readings and workshops in the 70/70 Horovitz Project including North Shore Fish with Lynn Cohen and in full productions of Suite Horovitz (Dir. Pam Seiderman at Theater for a New City) and Mid-East Pieces (Dir. Mike LoPorto at Bleecker Street Theater & Eric Nightengale at Theater for a New City). As a playwright, Danelle has had two short plays Busted and Unknown Variables performed at Rebel Verses Festival at CenterStage Theater in NY and her short play Wreck produced in Barefoot’s Smashed Workshop Series.  She is currently developing her first full-length play Withdrawal about the 2005 Israel Disengagement from Gaza.  As a filmmaker, her short film The Girl and the Spanish Boy has been at festivals all over the world, and won the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Drama at Yorkton Film Festival, the Rising Star Award at Canada International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Festival Art Déco de Cinema, São Paulo, Brasil, as well as the Certificate of Merit at the Williamsburg International Film Festival.  She also was selected for the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab. Most recently Danelle produced the feature film Emoticon ;) which she also acted in alongside Carol Kane, Sonia Braga, Michael Cristofer, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Christine Ebersole. Trained at RADA and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater.  She happily splits her time between New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.


Excited to have Amelia join the 7pm cast for ROCKAWAY tonight at CHERRY LANE THEATRE!!!  Join us for a night of amazing theater, FREE BEER!, and LIVE MUSIC for a great cause!!!!  

Broadway: OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD(Tony Nomination); A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS; TRANSLATIONS; THE HERBAL BED; WAITING IN THE WINGS; A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Off B’way recents: THE EXONERATED(Culture Project); THE FALL TO EARTH(59E59); PHILIP ROTH IN KHARTOUM(LAByrinth); THE MISANTHROPE(NYTW); TRYST(Promenade). Regional includes: Janis Joplin in LOVE, JANIS(San Diego Rep & also in NY/Village Theatre); A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM(La Jolla); THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA(BTF); DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS(A.R.T.); Film&Television includes: “What Maisie Knew”(upcoming); “Leaves of Grass”; “Coming Up Roses”; “The Paper”; “A Simple Twist of Fate”; “Third Watch”;“Law&Order”(x2); ”Law&Order CI”;  “Mercy”; “A Dog Year”, “Truman” (both HBO FF); “My Lousiana Sky”(Showtime FF). Member of The Actors Center Workshop Company.

For more info on ROCKAWAY - check out our google calendar at at the bottom left of the Home Page!  

ROCKAWAY (who's who) TREVOR EXTER - musician

Playing LIVE Music for our 7pm presentation of ROCKAWAY today at the Cherry Lane Theatre...

Trevor Exter makes music for nighthawks and dreamers. Mixing Brazilian pop, American soul and restless rock energy with an itinerant vision all his own, his songs travel far and burrow deep. Born in Ithaca, NY, he always played different things but kept coming back to the cello. He sits with the cello and sings, but he plays it weird – like a tiny bass or a big ukulele. He also hits it sometimes.

Facebook: /trevorexter
Twitter: @twixtr

RSVP today at (2pm OR 7pm).
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Monday, December 17, 2012


He's spent some time volunteering down in the Rockaways and he's uber talented!  We're excited about working with Arjun tomorrow, for our benefit, ROCKWAY at the Cherry Lane Theatre...

A regular on the critically acclaimed Showtime series Nurse Jackie, with Edie Falco and Anna Deveare Smith. Other TV credits include Fringe and Body of Proof. Arjun is so pleased to be at the Cherry Lane because this is where he got his first acting job in Huck and Holden. Other theatre credits include: Speakeasy at Joe's Pub and Dead Fish at Here Arts Center. Film work includes the lead in the soon to be released Ossining with Bobby Cannavale and Christian Camargo and Motherhood opposite Uma Thurman. Also soon to be seen, next month, with Al Pacino in the upcoming Stand Up Guys.  

note: Arjun will be appearing at the 7pm presentation.

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Tune in to WBAI AM today around 145pm to hear Producing Artistic Director/Executive Producer of ROCKAWAY, Francisco Solorzano talk about being from Far Rockaway and more about the benefit event to take place tomorrow 12.18.12 at the legendary Cherry Lane Theatre...

Francisco recently directed and starred in the short film, Floating Sunflowers opposite barefoot ensemble members, Anna Chlumsky, Christopher Whalen and Lynn Cohen; directed a staged reading of Diaz's F**KING VIGWAN (OR SWAG) at the Art Of Acting Studio in Los Angeles, CA for Barefoot Theatre Company's bareNaked LA Reading Series. Previous to the LA presentation of Diaz's new play, Francisco directed the fully staged workshop at the legendary Cherry Lane Theatre this past fall.

Theater: adapted, acted and directed in the workshop and world premiere of Dog Day Afternoon (Theatre Row Theatres).  Select acting credits: World premiere of Horovitz's What Strong Fences Make(Bleecker Street Theatre, Boston Theatre Marathon), Nilo Cruz's Bicycle Country(Spanish Repertory Theatre, Theatre Row Theatres), The Water Engine (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland), Vetere's Last Day (Gloucester Stage Co.), Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx (Gloucester Stage Company/78th Street Theatre Lab) & A Mother's Love(Boston Playwrights Theatre), Beirut Rocks(EST Marathon, dir Jo Bonney), Sins of the Mother (with Ethan Hawke as well as Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg and John Doman, dir by Jo Bonney at numerous locations including The Actor's Studio, Bleecker Street Theatre, 59E59),Los Muertos (Stella Adler Theater with Mark Ruffalo), Israel Horovitz's New Shorts (Theatre Row Theatres with Lynn Cohen), 45th anniversary revival of Lanford Wilson's Balm In Gilead,Six Hotels (GSC, dir Israel Horovitz), Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie?OprhansNever The SinnersubUrbia(Various NYC Theatres) including the reading of Horovitz's The Little Shock (with Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Peter Boyle, Fisher Stevens, and Peter Dinklage).  Directing credits: Revival of Joe Pintauro's Raft Of The Medusa, workshop production of Kristoffer Diaz's F**KING VIGWAN (OR SWAG) both at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Mary Gallagher's ?De Donde? which won the OOBR award for excellence,Kingdom Come (Bouwerie Lane Theatre), Joe Pintauro'sMetropolitan Operas (The Pantheon Theater), Rising Sun, Falling Star (78th Street Theatre Lab), the reading/workshop of Horovitz's The P Word at the Bleecker Street Theatre with Marin Ireland (Barefoot's bareNaked Reading Series and for NY Playwright's Lab at The Cherry Lane Theatre), and many others. Executive producer of the 70/70 Horovitz Project (a worldwide, year-long festival celebrating Israel Horovitz's 70th Birthday with 70 of his plays.)  Film: Co-Founder of Barefoot Studio PicturesAnd The World Goes Round(2009's Cannes Short Film Corner), Love Simple (HBO NYC Latino Film Festival) and Between Something and Nothing (NYC's 20th anniversary NEW FEST Film Festival.) 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. Member Since 1999. Proud member of AEA & SDC.

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We're thrilled about working with John Doman once again!!!  He last appeared in our opening celebration for our 70/70 Horovitz Project which featured Bobby Cannavale, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Barefoot Ensemble Member, Francisco Solorzano along with several other readings...

few seats left for tomorrow's event!  RSVP today at (2pm and 7pm)...

John Doman currently stars in the Canal+/Netflix 1-hour drama BORGIA, created by Tom Fontana.

Perhaps best-known for playing William A. Rawls in HBO’s brilliant series THE WIRE, he has also appeared in THE GOOD WIFE, BURN NOTICE, RIZZOLI & ISLES, DAMAGES, LAW & ORDER, CSI, THE PRACTICE, and ER among many others.


John has worked extensively on stage as well, most recently appearing in THE BOOK OF GRACE at The Public Theatre. His other off-Broadway credits include UNCONDITIONAL, ROBBERS, TRUE WEST, and FOOL FOR LOVE.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

ROCKAWAY (who's who) CRAIG "muMs" GRANT

Here's another incredible playwright/actor joining us for this great cause on 12.18.12!!!  RSVP - seats going fast for 2pm & 7pm!!!

Craig Grant, a.k.a. muMs, is an actor, poet and playwright best known for his role in the HBO prison Drama OZ. His performances have led to roles in movies and T.V. such as BAMBOOZLED, LAW AND ORDER BOSTON LEGAL and COLD CASE.   muMs has performed his unique art on New York’s underground poetry scene and has performed throughout the United States and Europe.
As a playwright, muMs’ first full length play PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHÉ was produced by the Labyrinth Theater Company of which muMs is a member.

note: muMs will be appearing in the 7pm presentation on the Mainstage at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Tuesday, December 18th.  

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all profits go towards the support of ROCKAWAY PLATE LUNCH TRUCK.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


HAVE YOU RVSP'd yet?  YOU should - - TWO CHANCES ONLY to lend a helping hand by attending (2pm & 7pm).  The event will feature FREE COFFEE sponsored by STARBUCKS and Cookies courtesy of Milk & Cookies.  Here's a close look at who's leading the cast of barefoot ensemble members and special guests on 12.18.12 event benefiting Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways via Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck - 

Gina Gershon has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in entertainment, earning acclaim as a film, television and stage actor, as a singer/songwriter/musician and most recently as an author.

Gina recently was seen in the dark comedy independent film, KILLER JOE, directed by William Friedkin. Gina is currently filming the indie THE LOOKALIKE in New Orleans with Justin Long.
Gina recently shot an episode of the new Mark Maron Series for IFC.

Gershon’s prolific film career began when she landed her first speaking role with a memorable turn in John Hughes’ box office hit “Pretty in Pink.” In addition to her breakout roles in Paul Verhoeven’s “Showgirls” and the Wachowskis’ “Bound,” Gershon has appeared in such films as “Red Heat” opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Cocktail” opposite Tom Cruise, John Sayles’s “City of Hope,” Robert Altman’s “The Player,” the John Woo blockbuster “Face/Off” opposite John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, and Michael Mann’s Oscar-nominated “The Insider” with Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer. Gershon was also in Richard LaGravenese’s "P.S. I Love You" opposite Hillary Swank and Taylor Hackford’s “Love Ranch” opposite Helen Mirren.

On television, Gershon has appeared in three different series for HBO, “How to Make It In America,” Danny McBride’s “Eastbound & Down,” and Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Other notable credits include Denis Leary’s FX series “Rescue Me”, a 3 episode arc on ABC’s “Ugly Betty”, the CBS mini-series “Sinatra,” the TNT original movie "Legalese”, David E. Kelley’s action detective drama “Snoops,” and the Lifetime miniseries “Everything She Ever Wanted”.

Gershon made a huge splash on Broadway, receiving rave reviews as the Italian flight attendant Gabriella in the 2008 Tony Award-winning revival of “Boeing Boeing.” She returned to the stage starring in the first-ever Broadway revival of “Bye Bye Birdie.”  Additional stage credits include a 2001 starring role as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes’s Broadway revival of “Cabaret”, the stage plays “Camille” opposite Kathleen Turner and Jon Robin Baitz’s “The Substance of Fire” (both at the Long Wharf Theatre).  As a founding member of the New York-based theater company Naked Angels, Gershon has appeared in numerous productions with the company. Gershon also appeared in the original production of William Mastrosimone’s “Nanawatai,” which opened the Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Having always enjoyed singing and songwriting, Gershon’s musical career blossomed with the independent film “Prey for Rock & Roll,” receiving critical acclaim for her role as singer/guitarist Jacki. Gina sang live and wrote for the soundtrack. Her powerful turn as a rock performer in this project led Gershon to star in the IFC documentary “Rocked,” which followed her on the road touring with the indie rock band Girls Against Boys. Gershon’s musical career continues to thrive with her latest CD “In Search of Cleo,” a compilation of original songs with a unique sound that mixes country, rock and jazz. Additionally, Gershon has also played Jew’s harp on recordings for Herbie Hancock, the Scissor Sisters, Rufus Wainwright and Christian McBride. Gina’s book “In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind” was released in October 2012, whose audio book includes music by Gershon and Christian McBride. Her previous book “Camp Creepy Time,” co-written with her brother Dann, was optioned by Dreamworks.

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