Saturday, March 30, 2013

bareNaked Reading Series (FAMILY TREES - WHO'S WHO)

As we come to a close with our bareNaked LA Reading Series we're thrilled to give you a glimpse of our cast for tonight's reading of resident playwright, Jason Furlani's FAMILY TREES directed by another resident playwright, Jonathan Libman.  Thank you for the support and making the reading series such a great success...Tonight's LIVE MUSIC will be performed by THE PUBLIC TRUST!!!


YETTA GOTTESMAN (TINA) TV/FILM: “Nurse Jackie”, “Gossip Girl”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Sex and the City” FILM: Rabbit Hole, 27 Dresses, Lucky You.Theater:El Nogalar (The Fountain Theater), underneathmybed (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Mariela in the Desert (Denver Center Theater-Ovation Award Nominee, Best Actress),Cedar City Falls (Galapagos Art Space), The Cook  (Seattle Rep), Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Hartford Stage), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot ( The Public Theater), Aphrodisiac (Long Wharf),  Touch (The Women’s Project), Where’s My Money? (Manhattan Theater Club), Two Sisters and a Piano (Alliance Theater), Ana in the Tropics (Arena Stage),  Sonia Flew (Coconut Grove Playhouse). Member of LAByrinth Theater Company, HERO Theater Company  and The Actors Studio .

S.J. MENDELSON (BARB) Born in Paris and raised in Brooklyn. S.J. has had a long and varied career including back up singing in the 1960's, many theater productions, Voice Over projects and a Cleveland Emmy. Her latest character is Cooking with Maw Kitty, a new You Tube crazy cooking show. Meow.


CHRISTOPHER WHALEN (GEORGE) Theater: bareNaked LA Reading Series in Mike Reiss’ (THE SIMPSONS) I’M CONNECTICUT (opposite Joyce DeWitt); Joe Pintauro’s RAFT OF THE MEDUSA; Kristoffer Diaz's F**KING VIGWAN (OR SWAG); GLOUCESTER BLUE (Cherry Lane Theatre) and 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, Anna Chlumsky; 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, 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. 

Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member.




FRANCISCO SOLORZANO (MIKE)
Theater: adapted, acted in and directed the critically acclaimed/sold-out world premiere of Dog Day Afternoon(Theatre Row Theatres).  As an Actor and Director, Francisco has worked on numerous productions that include award winning revivals, NY and World Premieres, regionally and throughout NYC. Select Theater: Sins Of The Mother (Gloucester Stage; Florida Stage); The Water Engine (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Beirut Rocks (LAByrinth Theater Company; GSC; Ensemble Studio Theater).  Film: Love Simple (HBO Latino Film Festival; Avail on Netflix & itunes); Floating Sunflowers (Barefoot Studio Pictures' debut film opposite Christopher Whalen, Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen and Audrey Esparza).  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.


Barefoot Theatre Company
Season 2012-2013

bareNaked LA Reading Series
proudly presents

FAMILY TREES
By Jason Furlani
Directed by Jonathan Libman

CAST
Tina………………………..Yetta Gottesman
Mike……………………Francisco Solorzano
Barb………………………....S.J. Mendelson
George………………...Christopher Whalen
Stage Directions…..................Gillian Rougier


LIVE MUSIC:
THE PUBLIC TRUST


ART OF ACTING STUDIO LOS ANGELES
Barefoot Theatre CompaNY / LA
Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director
Danelle Eliav, Co-Producer
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer / Artistic Associate
Sol Crespo, Company Manager

For our paperless
PROGRAM with BIOS visit our blog at: barefoottheatre.blogspot.com

Special Thanks to: AOA, Risa Bramon Garcia, Elephant Theater Company, The Fountain Theatre, Simon Levy, Robert Stein, Stephany Burns, Johnny Yoder, Tom Oppenheim, Nina Cappeli, cast, crew
and YOU, our audience.  

STAY IN TOUCH: Join US on FACEBOOK!!!

www.barefoottheatrecompany.org





Friday, March 29, 2013

bareNaked LA Reading Series (WHO'S WHO) Friday 3.29.13

As we continue the success of our west coast presentations...Here's a look at our CAST for tonight's bareNaked LA Reading Series at AOA...  ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN by Jonathan Libman, directed by Francisco Solorzano...  Make your RSVP now!   

Barefoot Theatre Company
Season 2012-2013
bareNaked LA Reading Series
proudly presents

ACCIDENTS
WAITING TO HAPPEN
By Jonathan Libman
Directed by Francisco Solorzano

CAST
Ernesto……………..Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Kwanita………………..…Gillian Rougier
Eunice………………………....Pili Valdes
Guillermo "Muerto"………..Nick Womack
Willie……………………….Edwin Walker
Ensemble Male………………….Joe Holt
Ensemble Female…..............Alona Dadiani

LIVE MUSIC:
Jason Powers with Ben Bostick

Last Night’s MUSICIAN: SATU

For our paperless PROGRAM with BIOS visit our blog at: barefoottheatre.blogspot.com

ART OF ACTING STUDIO LOS ANGELES
Barefoot Theatre CompaNY / LA
Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director
Danelle Eliav, Co-Producer
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer / Artistic Associate
Sol Crespo, Company Manager

COMING UP NEXT TOMORROW:

FAMILY TREES
by Jason Furlani

Special Thanks to: AOA, Risa Bramon Garcia, Elephant Theater Company, The Fountain Theatre, Simon Levy, Robert Stein, Stephany Burns, Johnny Yoder, Tom Oppenheim, Nina Cappeli, cast, crew and YOU, our audience.  

STAY IN TOUCH: Join US on FACEBOOK!!!

www.barefoottheatrecompany.org

GILLIAN ROUGIER (Kwanita) is a proud ensemble member and Artistic Associate with Barefoot Theatre Company. She holds a BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College in New York City. She's also a proud ensemble member with Stable Cable Lab Co and is currently in the process of devising a piece with the ensemble. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She's thankful for this opportunity to participate in the West Coast bareNaked reading series.

SHAUN TAYLOR-CORBETT (Ernesto,) Most recently starred as the lead in the award winning play, Home of the Running Brave at Native Voices at the Autry.  Other LA theater credits include: Ubu Roi, Boggerlas, A Noise Within; In the Heights, Sonny, Pantages Theater.  He was also an original cast member of the Broadway cast of In the Heights, closing the show as Sonny.  Off-Broadway/Tours: Altar Boyz, Juan; In the Heights, Sonny (Ovation Award). Tv/Film: Hi-5, series regular (Discovery Kids); Supremacy (starring Danny Glover).  Shaun has also co-written a contemporary Native American musical called “Distant Thunder,” which has already had readings in LA and NY, and is being developed for an off-Broadway production next year.

PILI VALD├ęS (Eunice) is an actor. She fell in love with theater at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, started an affair with Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC and took both loves with her to LA where she has been enjoying the weather, studying, creating and filming. She is mega excited to be a part of the Barenaked reading series.  Thanks, Barefoot!


 EDWIN WALKER (Willie) is an amazingly talented Actor/Writer/Producer with a passion for entertaining the masses. He begin acting at the tender age of 12; In his hometown of Chicago,IL where he began acting in several productions of plays around town. His acting credits include "The Promotion", "The Express", "Dark Blue" (TNT) along with two TV pilots for ABC and NBC. He has also written and produced four short films "Surviving Brotherhood", "The Interns", "Day One" and "It's Just Thanksgiving Dinner". He has also written a feature film "Peep Game".

NICK WOMACK (Guillermo "Muerto") is excited to be a part of the bareNaked LA reading series. He just finished the tour and his Broadway debut in Bring It On the musical originating the role of Twig.  He would like to thank his manager Robert Stien.

JOE HOLT (Ensemble Male) relocated to Los Angeles from New York and has enjoyed Guest-Star spots on such shows as Scandal, Franklin and Bash, Supernatural, Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, Monk, and Close to Home, as well as a lead role in Lake Placid II as a Sudanese croc-killer (naturally…), and an attorney opposite Idris Elba in LEGACY .  You might have seen him recently getting a Gatorade bath in a LOWE’S commercial, or getting caught watching football on a date for AT&T He is currently producing a short he has written and is also starring in. If you know a hospital he can shoot in, he will love you forever…no joke.

ALONA DADIANI (Ensemble Female) was born in Israel and at age nine moved to New York. Alona earned her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at The Atlantic Theatre Acting School as well as in Dublin, Ireland’s Trinity College at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. With a minor in English Literature and Irish Studies, Alona forayed into the world of fitness - a natural progression, by all accounts!  Alona is currently certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specialties in Sports Specific Training, Integrated Flexibility, Nutrition and Prenatal Training. Alona holds a background in Modern Dance and choreography and had the chance to showcase both theatre and dance elements in the NYC Fringe Festival. She also had the privilege of bringing Frank McGuniess’ play, ‘Carthaginians’ to NYC’s Irish Arts Center. She's honored to be a Barefoot Theatre Company member since 2004, having had the opportunity to work with the co. in bicoastal staged work & readings! In her spare time, she’s a budding mountaineer, an amateur documentary maker, avid runner, reader, essayist (but mostly essay reader)! writer and part time fundraiser for Beyond Shelter & volunteer at The Kitty Bungalow, both LA-based non-for-profit organizations helping homeless families and the feral cat population, respectively!