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.
JOHN GAZZALE -
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.
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. www.minnataylor.com
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.
MARK G. CISNEROS
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.
RAYE CYPHERS -
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 Jaquí) 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.