Wednesday, February 27, 2013

bareNaked Reading Series (2012-2013 Season)

As we approach the 3rd installment of our bareNaked Reading Series this season (2012-2013) for the 4th year in a row...we'd LOVE to give some attention to two incredible women, our Program Director, Molly Marinik and Co-Producer, Jennie West...  Together, they have organized and produced an incredible line-up of new works that allows us to take artistic risks and explore many aspects of storytelling - the readings have also featured some incredible artists and director/playwright collaborations in a unique setting...  Here's a closer look at who they are and what they've been up to...  

MOLLY MARINIK is a dramaturg and director. Former literary manager for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Some favorite credits include Eleven Days (Emerging Artists Theatre), Act Naturally (Workshop Theatre), The Funeralogues (MC2 Productions), and There's No Zombies Like Show Zombies (Emerging Artists Theatre). Molly is also the founder and editor of the theatre review website Theatre Is Easy ( MA in theatre history and criticism from Brooklyn College, additional training at The Kennedy Center and Atlantic Theater Company. Very excited to collaborate with Barefoot on the bareNaked Readings.

JENNIE WEST most recently appeared in Michael Reyes' Park Slope part of Barefoot's Workshop Series.  Jennie started performing at a very young age most notably singing private audience for former first lady Bess Wallace Truman. She has honed her craft at such institutions as The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and The New School. Her work, based in the Meisner Technique, won her the Best Performance Award at the Dusty Film Festival for her leading role in Resonance and distinction as a "standout" in stage productions. Jennie began working with Barefoot Theatre Company on their production of Balm in Gilead as "Babe".
Other roles include "Alma Weinmiller" in Eccentricities of A Nightingale, ensemble work in various exciting original works curated by Mabou Mines and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Most recently, Jennie performed in Dramatic Question Theatre’s Bar Play Series as the lead in Pink Bunny Slippers and DoubleStoly , Ensemble player in Dialogue with Three Chords podcast production of The Krampus and Barefoot Theatre Company’s workshop production as “Quellz” in F**king Vigwan by Kristoffer Diaz.

Jennie is truly grateful to be working with Barefoot Theatre Company.

Barefoot Theatre Company
Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Victoria Malvagno, Managing Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director
Sol Crespo, Company Manager
Jennie West, Co-Producer
Molly Marinik, Program Director / Literary Manager

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Resident Playwright (JENNIFER SKURA)

Meet our newest Resident Playwright, JENNIFER SKURA!  We're currently working on collaborating with Jennifer on a new play as well as presenting her work at this year's bareNaked LA Reading Series!!!  We're thrilled about having her join our already awesome list of Resident Playwrights that include legendary playwrights Israel Horovitz and Joe Pintauro among some emerging playwrights you're bound to hear of:  

Jennifer Skura’s work has recently been performed at The Cherry Lane Theatre for Barefoot Theatre Company's ROCKAWAY to benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims, at Dialogue with Three Chords (D3C), NEWvember, Barefoot Theatre, Dixon Place, and The Culture Project's IMPACT Festival. Plays include SWEET CITRUS (92nd Street Y), AMARILLO and JOSEPH AND MRS. M (BRIC Arts), PIRATE (Tangent Arts & AboutFACE), STARR adapted from Barry Gifford’s “Room 584, The Starr Hotel” (Open Channel Creations, Monk Parrots & Roger Smith Hotel), OFF A BRIDGE (Dixon Place), THREE DAY HARBOR, Failure to thrive., EXOTIC ANIMALS, and A MAD WOMAN’S BREAKFAST (D3C). Screenplays include:  CITRUS and KINDRED (Cup O’Meat Productions), HIGH PRIVACY (Harmonic Films), and I AM SUICIDE. Jennifer has studied acting with Joseph Chaikin and Nancy Gabor and holds a BFA in Theatre from Sam Houston State University. SAG-AFTRA/AEA member.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ensemble Member, CRISTINA PITTER

CONGRATULATIONS to our Ensemble Member, CRISTINA PITTER for her work as one of THE BATS at THE FLEA...  We're thrilled to have such talented represent our Ensemble.  Keep your eyes on Pitter - she's here to stay!  

Cristina is an actor. singer, dancer, and writer who hails from Long Island, New York. She did a stint in Deltona, Florida for high school where she competed at both District and State level for the International Thespian Society. Cristina has a BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, and a AS in Theatre from Suffolk County Community College where she also participated as an Irene Ryan Nominee for Odysseus Died From AIDS, and Into The Woods. She is also a member of The Flea Theater's resident acting company, The Bats. Theatre: Cardenio (Brooklyn College, Steve Kaliski), The Eden Project (The Dream Up Festival- Theatre for the New City, Stable Cable Lab Company), Hamlet (Boomerang Theatre Company, Tim Errickson), Gi60: International One Minute Play Festival (US Ensemble, Rose Bonczek), The Demolition Downtown (Brooklyn College, Jason W. Rost), Tallgrass Gothic (Brooklyn College, Justin Ball), The Thugs (Brooklyn College, Welker White), The Trojan Women(Brooklyn College, Elysa Marden). Cristina is very blessed and honored to be a part of the Barefoot familia. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (Scott Illingworth)...

We are PROUD to give you a closer look at another one of our Associate Directors, SCOTT ILLINGWORTH!  He recently directed the staged reading of Jose Rivera's ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN for our bareNaked LA Reading Series last season featuring Angelina Fiordellisi, Gary Perez, Danelle Eliav and Francisco Solorzano.  Scott joins Jerry Ruiz in the role of Associate Director for our Ensemble to collaborate on directorial projects as well as assist in the direction of our Ensemble in regards to the development of new work and producing lesser known works by established playwrights.  

Scott is a freelance director living in New York City. Recent directing credits include the Off-Broadway World Premiere of Beyond Words with Bill Bowers (Urban Stages), Waiting for Lefty (NYU Graduate Acting) Across the Water by Mona Mansour (NYU Graduate Acting), Deep Treesby Andrea Ciannavei with Lili Taylor and Bobby Cannavale (LAByrith’s Barn Series), Termination of Species by Ken Urban (Collaboraction), Israel Horovitz’s short plays Inconsolable, Just The Way You Are, The Vote in Orange, and What Strong Fences Make (Gloucester Stage and LAByrinth’s Barn Series), Lake Effect by Padraic Lillis (Geva Theatre Center and Alchemy Theatre), Springtime by Marie Irene Fornes (Marymount Manhattan), Leaving Iowa (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (The Theatre School at DePaul University),The Hard Sell and The April Hour (LAB’s Barn Series at The Public), Chicago Summer (Collaboraction at Steppenwolf), and the staged reading of A Taste of Sunlight in December (Victory Gardens Theater).

He served as Associate Director to Mark Wing-Davey on the Off-Broadway productions Passion Play (EPIC), UNCONDITIONAL (LAByrinth),The Singing Forest (The Public), and Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth). Regionally Scott worked with Mr. Wing-Davey on Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl (Goodman and Yale Rep) and served as Assistant Director to Philip Seymour Hoffman on The Long Red Road (Goodman). Scott holds an MFA in Directing and a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School, DePaul University. He is a faculty member at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting program and is a regular teacher of Masterclasses for LAByrinth Theater Co.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

RUBBLE by Mike Reiss (WHO'S WHO)...

Here's a look at our CAST of RUBBLE by Mike Reiss being featured in our 2nd bareNaked Reading Series (Molly Marinik, Program Director; Jennie West, Co-Producer) presentation this season...this Monday, February 11th @ 7pm... 

RICHARD KIND - is an accomplished stage, screen and television actor with many credits to his name. In addition to his widely recognizable character“Paul Lassiter,” the irrepressible press secretary to the Mayor of New York on the ABC series Spin City, he has been seen on Mad About You, Scrubs, Still Standing, The Division, Miss Match and Curb Your Enthusiasm, among many other titles. He recently starred in the film The Hereafter, and also had supporting roles in such notable titles as A Serious Man, The Visitor, The Station Agent, and A Bug’s Life, to name a few. As a stage actor, Richard has starred in Broadway musical smash hits The Producers, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and he appeared in Candide at the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. Richard started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hill and Gary Kroeger.
Lynn Cohen - NY Theatre: Macbeth (Delacorte); Ivanov (LCT): Chasing Manet, Model Apartment (Primary Stages); Hamlet (Public Theater);  Orpheus Descending (Broadway); The Devils (NYTW); Uncle Vanya (Andre Gregory production); more. Selected Regional: Guthrie; Hartford Stage; Yale Rep; Huntington: Williamstown; Long Wharf; Actors Theatre of Louisville  Film and TV: Munich; Eagle Eye: Manhattan Murder Mystery; Vanya on 42nd Street; The Extra Man; all three NY Law and Orders; Sex and the City (TV and both movies); Damages, Nurse Jackie, more. And currently filming Catching Fire: The Hunger Games 2. She’s a Fox Fellow and AEA Richard Seff Award winner.

DAVID RASCHE - began his career as an actor at Chicago's famed Second City cabaret.  On TV, he played the title role in "Sledge Hammer," (sometimes written by Mike Reiss) and he has appeared in episodes of countless shows, from "Miami Vice" to "Monk."  His movies include "In the Loop," “Burn After Reading,” “United 93,” "Delirious,” and "Manhattan."  In New York, he has performed in numerous productions both on and off Broadway, most recently in “Warrior Class” at Second Stage Theater Uptown.  He will be seen soon on HBO as the Speaker of the House on VEEP, starring Julia Louise Dreyfus,  directed by Armando Iannucci, and written by the team from “In the Loop.”

ELISABETH GRAY - is currently in rehearsals for Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway.  Her one-woman comedy about the South opens simultaneously downtown at the Soho Playhouse.  As a writer, she received the Fringe First award for her first play Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath, which toured internationally for several years before landing Off-Broadway in 2010.  She is a graduate of Oxford University.

Most recently played Donald in Raft of the Medusa.  Prior to that, Simon Bliss in Hay Fever with VOICETheatre.  NYC theater credits include Waiting for Lefty (Fayette); A Christmas Carol:  Scrooge and Marley (Scrooge).  Terranova (Hearst - FringeNYC 09 Encore); Tennessee William’s Spring Storm (Arthur - New York premiere); Dog Day Afternoon (Leon - Barefoot Theatre Company world premiere).  Member of Barefoot Theatre Company and VOICETheatre.  John sends his heartfelt thanks and love to all the supportive “company” in his life.   

JERRY ADLER - was a veteran of over 50 Broadway productions as Producer, Director and Production Stage Manager, including the original MY FAIR LADY (the revival of which he directed), COCO, THE HOMECOMING, ANNIE and many more,as well as the Tony Award- winning GOOD EVENING which he directed with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook - before he began his new career as an actor. He then appeared in Woody Allen's MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY and THE PUBLIC EYE with Joe Pesci. He has since been seen on many television productions, including THE WEST WING, LAW AND ORDER, NORTHERN EXPOSURE, CSI:MIAMI and was a regular on MAD ABOUT YOU. He is an original cast member of THE SOPRANOS and was "HESH", Tony's mentor/advisor throughout that award-winning HBO Production's run. His recent films include IN HER SHOES opposite Shirley MacLaine and Cameron Diaz, PRIME with Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, FIND ME GUILTY, Directed by Sidney Lumet, SYNECDOCHE playing Phillip Seymour Hoffman's father,and the soon-to-be-released LAST ANGRY MAN IN BROOKLYN with Robin Williams.On TV he was the fire chief in Rescue Me with Denis Leary,and recently was Howard on THE GOOD WIFE.

LYDIA GLADSTONE - For Barefoot she has worked offstage as a Costumer and onstage in De Donde (OOBR award) and as Margaret/Vi in the acclaimed production of Dog Day Afternoon, on NYC’s Theatre Row.  Her work in NY, Regional, and Stock theatres include scores of characters.  Some recent favorite roles include Fraulein Schneider(Cabaret), Mrs. Lovett(Sweeney Todd), Nancy Shirley (Frozen), Rose (Gypsy), Desiree (A Little Night Music), Witch (Into the Woods-Best Actress Award), Sally Adams (Call Me Madam), and Kate (Broadway Bound).  Off-B’way she portrayed Bluma Jacobson in the acclaimed Harry and Eddie, at the Actors Temple.  She appeared as Jeannette Burmeister in The Full Monty at its sold-out run at Vermont’s acclaimed Northern Stage, and as Iowa Housewife in Menopause the Musical.  Last spring she created the title role in Petunia, a garage musical.  Many musical reviews including Side by Side by Sondheim, Closer Than Ever, and Jacques Brel; several world premieres (two at the York Theatre’s acclaimed new musical showcases), and film/video works.  Her ‘day job’-resident costumer for Calhoun HS’s acclaimed On Tour Theatre Co. as well as other theatre companies.  Proud to be a member of Barefoot Theatre Company.  

RONALD COHEN - NY Theatre: Artist Descending a Staircase, Henry IV Part One, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Boomerang Theatre Company); The Recruiting Officer (New York Classical Theatre); Twelfth Night (Kings County Shakespeare); Pirandello’s Henry IV (CSC First Look). Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Cape May Stage; Kansas City Circle Theatre; New Theatre, Overland Park, KS.; Orlando (FL) Shakespeare; Company of Fools, Hailey, ID. Film and TV: Not Waving But Drowning: Strangers When We Meet; Where Is Joel Baum?; Ablution; Landings; Sex and the City. 
MINNA TAYLOR - earned her BFA from NYU Tisch in association with The Atlantic Theater Co and her MFA from Brooklyn College.  She has worked at The Atlantic's Linda Gross Theater, The Cherry Lane, LABrythn Theater, Gallery Players, and more. She has appeared in two previous readings written by the incomparable Mike Reiss and is thrilled to now be working on Rubble. She is a proud Barefoot Artistic Associate.

KENNETH KING - is an indigenous inhabitant of the island of Manhattan and has been a proud Barefoot Company ensemble member since 2009. He has appeared in the 70/70 Horovitz Project #11, Mid-East Pieces and Suite Horovitz. Kenneth has also been involved with Barefoot’s commitment to developing and nurturing many new works by emerging artists and playwrights from this city that he loves.
Kenneth is currently completing a degree in cultural anthropology at Columbia University, which he hope will give him the edge needed in the competitive fields of circus runaway and human laboratory test subject.

RODERICK NASH - acted and staged managed at The Caffe Cino, La Mama, Judson Poet's Theatre, Circle Rep, Edward Albee's Playwrights unit, and the APA-Phoenix off-Broadway in War and Peace, Judith, Man and Superman.  He acted and directed numerous productions for the Association of Theatre Artists in NYC.  For Barefoot Theatre Company he performed in Balm in Gilead (40th anniversary production), Dog Day Afternoon, and readings of Honor Thy Mother, West Asheville, and Scrooge and Marley.  He has an MA in Theatre from North Western University, where he studied with Alvina Krause.  In New York, he studied method acting with Bobbie Lewis and the Sanford Meisner Technique with Jim Tuttle. 

2002 OOBR Award winning actor Mark G. Cisneros has a career in Theater and Film spanning over 17 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 ensemble of the Barefoot Theatre Company and is currently working on the most important production of his life so far…his wedding plans!  As always Mark thanks his wonderful family and friends for their undying support of his artistic endeavors and of course dedicates all of his performances to his dear Lydia.


A native New Yorker, completed the 2-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio under Barbara Marchant. She recently performed in a reading of The Vote in Orange (as JaquĆ­) as part of an awards ceremony for the insignia of Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on Playwirght Israel Horovitz from the Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, with Kevin Kline, Bobby Cannavale, Judith Ivey and Angelina Fiordellisi. Raye is an Artistic Associate of the Barefoot Theatre Company and has performed with Barefoot in staged readings at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the BareNaked Reading series including Parkslope and Pound for Pound. She performed with Bruce High Quality Foundation in a production of The Flowers of Washington Square Park at the Ray Smith Studio and as a lead dancer in the Height's Players production of Brigadoon. She earned her BArch at Cooper Union, trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and is a longtime member of the Ice Theatre of New York with 10+ years of competitive Figure Skating.  She is the creator and co-producer of the anti-hydrofracking campaign to raise awareness of the need protect NY water supplies entitled “ANYBody of Water”.

James Valletti  – Broadway (in various capacities): Evita, Matilda, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Women, Phantom of the Opera, The Times They Are A-Changin.’  Actors’ Fund Broadway Productions of All About Eve (starring Angela Lansbury, Cynthia Nixon, Annette Bening, Joel Grey, and Zoe Caldwell), Hair, Chess, Valley of the Dolls, On the Twentieth Century, Valley of the Dolls and A Wonderful Life.  BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competitions (Co-Writer 2004’s Avenue Jew; Writer/Director 2003’s The Lion King piece). City Center Encores! Follies, Finian’s Rainbow, Music in the Air, On the Town, The Wiz.  Off- Broadway: Altar Boyz (Assistant Director), The Divine Sister by Charles Busch (Assistant Director), Tales From The Tunnel (Writer/Director, starring Tony-Winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia), A Hillside in Hell (Director), and a participant in the 2009 Shotgun Theatre Festival.  CRS Theater Company productions of Anything Goes, How To Succeed…, Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, and Hello, Dolly!.  Regional: Ring of Fire, Forbidden Broadway, Children of Eden (NY Premiere), La Cage aux Folles, Idols of the King.  Television: The Tyra Banks Show, Chicagolicious, Jerseylicious.  High School: Director of How To Succeed… starring “Lady Gaga” (before she was Lady Gaga…).  James is an Associate Member of SDC, and currently edits the Style Network’s #1 hit TV series Jerseylicious.   
We are thrilled to present to you the second installment in the 4th season of our bareNaked Reading Series: Mike Reiss’s RUBBLE.
Barefoot’s FREE READINGS feature a new play, drinks, and live music every second Monday of the month.
Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 7pmRUBBLE
Directed by James Valletti
Starring: Richard Kind, Lynn Cohen, Elisabeth Gray, Ronald Cohen, Mark Cisneros, John Gazzale, David Rasche, Minna Taylor, Kenneth King, Lydia Gladstone with Stage Directions read by Raye Cyphers

Musical Director / Arrangement by Christopher Howatt; Stage Managed by Arthur Kriklivy; Drinks Sponsored by Archutek Communications, LLC

THE LOFT (East 3rd Productions); 684 Broadway, #5W, NYC 10012 (corner of B’way and East 3rd/Great Jones)

To RSVP send an email with play title, number attending and contact info to:

Barefoot Theatre Company
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer
Heller Highwater PR, Dale Heller, Publicist

Reading Series Lead Sponsor:
Ricardo Riethmuller, East 3rd Productions