Friday, February 8, 2013


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 Program Director, Molly Marinik and Co-Producer, Jennie West bring you FREE READINGS featuring a new play, drinks, and live music every second Monday of the month.

He's a look at our director, James Valletti for the reading of one of film and television's funniest writer/producer - MIKE REISS!

FYI: The reading is overbooked with a wait list - but don't hesitate to get on the list - you'll never know...  
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.

Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 7pm
By Mike Reiss (The Simpsons)

Directed by James Valletti

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 Django Palty

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)

Admission is FREE
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

Mike Reiss is has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his eighteen years writing for “The Simpsons”. In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). “Queer Duck” was recently named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006. The film won awards in New York, Chicago, Sweden, Germany and Wales. Reiss’s other TV credits include “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “ALF”, and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”. “My Life in Ruins”, a film inspired by his travels to 61 countries, was released in 2009. Reiss was also co-wrote ‘The Simpsons Movie” and “Ice Age 3”, with a combined world-wide gross of $1.5 billion. His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He has published fourteen children’s books, including the best-seller “How Murray Saved Christmas” and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss also composes puzzles for “NPR”, and “Games Magazine”.
As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over one
hundred colleges and institutions, on six continents. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon” and editor of “The National Lampoon”. He has been happily married for twenty-one years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.

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