Monday, June 16, 2014

VASSALLO AWARD (Outstanding Educational Outreach Program)...

The VASSALLO AWARDS is dedicated to the memory of Actor/Producer Ed Vassallo who inspired many with his talent and generosity.  

Our Gala & Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 23rd at the Beatrice Theatre (SVA) in the heart of NYC.  For tixs and more information please visit:  

Here's a closer look at why this program means a lot to us and why we feel it deserves every bit of attention and support.  We're also excited to introduce you to the Artistic Director, Tom Oppenheim. 

What is the Stella Adler Outreach Division?
The Stella Adler Outreach Division aims to empower young people through craft. Outreach provides free actor training to low-income and inner-city youth. Classes include Voice and Speech, Movement, Improvisation, Scene Study, Technique and Shakespeare. Students show their skills in public performances.

Outreach is committed to the long term, high quality education of its student artists. The average program is eight weeks long, many are longer. Shorter workshops are also provided as pilot programs for potential long term courses.

“I feel even more confident in my acting and I speak my mind more often. I feel I can express myself without saying (I’m) sorry.” Elizabeth, Adler Youth student

Tom Oppenheim
Artistic Director and President 
Stella Adler Studio of Acting

Tom Oppenheim was born in New York City to one of America’s most distinguished theatrical families. Jacob Adler, Tom’s great grandfather, was one of New York’s preeminent Yiddish theatre impresarios. Stella Adler, Tom’s grandmother, was known as one of the worlds most famous acting teachers, having trained some of the most recognizable and distinguished actors of our era. As a child of such theatrical luminaries, Tom’s artistic education began in his grandmother’s living room and quickly became a natural and essential part of his life. 

Established in 1949 by the great Stella Adler, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting was founded upon Stella’s belief in the supreme seriousness of her art, and has, for the last five decades, enriched every part of the American theatre and motion picture arts. Stella’s philosophies kept many well-known members of the theatre coming back for her intelligent and passionate advice and the school has since trained many of the brilliant actors of our time, including Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Elaine Stritch, Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek.  

In his position as Artistic Director and President of Stella Adler Studio, Tom pays tribute to his grandmother’s legacy in his work and has guided the center with a style both visionary and rooted in tradition. For the past 15 years, Tom has continued Stella’s tradition and has built upon it, adding components that emphasize social outreach and the potential for theatre to influence society.  It is the mission of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting to create an environment with the purpose of nurturing theatre artists who value humanity, their own and others, as their first and most precious priority while providing art and education to the greater community.

Under Tom’s guidance, the Studio has evolved from an acting conservatory to a cultural center with a unique focus on American actor training. Students are encouraged to not only be well versed in theater, art, music and literature, but to also be conscious of and involved in social, humanitarian and political issues.

To this end, Tom spearheaded the creation of the Harold Clurman Art Series which has presented eminent artists like Harold Bloom, Edward Albee, John Ashbery, Julianne Moore and Harold Mabern.  The Studio’s annual benefit, the Harold Clurman Festival of the Arts, is a landmark event that explores the relationship between art and social activism in four days of discussion and performance.  Participants have included Edward Albee, Derek Walcott, Olara Otunno, Zlata Filipovic, Ishmael Beah, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Terry Anderson, Giandomenico Picco, Jonathan Demme, Mike Medavoy, Wallace Shawn, Holland Taylor and Marian Seldes.

Under Tom’s visionary leadership the Stella Adler Outreach Division, a program designed to educate urban youth, was created. Since 2004, Adler Outreach has provided free actor training to over 5,000 low income New York City public school students and others.

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting currently trains over 500 actors per year and also presents world class lectures, poetry readings, jazz, classical music, theater, and dance theater events. In his time as Artistic Director and President of Stella Adler Studio, Tom’s involvement and innovative ideas have helped to increase student enrollment by 800%, have increased the school’s income by 400% with the addition of programs such as the Master Classes with Yoshi Oida, Andrew Wade and Zoe Caldwell, and have drastically enhanced the school’s international recognition.  

VASSALLO AWARD (Outstanding Mentorship Award)....

We are excited to announce that our inaugural VASSALLO AWARD for Outstanding Mentorship will be awarded to our very own Ensemble/Advisory Board Member, Israel HOROVITZ at our Gala & Award Ceremony on Monday, June 23, 2014 at SVA Beatrice Theatre.

We have developed and produced numerous shorts and full-length plays with Horovitz along with having our collaborations published around the globe.  Barefoot Theatre Company also produced the 70/70 Horovitz Project (a world-wide, year long festival celebrating Israel Horovitz's 70th Birthday with 70 of his plays).  

The VASSALLO AWARDS is dedicated to the memory of Actor/Producer Ed Vassallo who inspired many with his talent and generosity.  

Our Gala & Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 23rd at the Beatrice Theatre (SVA) in the heart of NYC.  For tixs and more information please visit:  

Playwright-screenwriter-director Israel Horovitz’s 70+ plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His stage-plays have introduced such actors as Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jill Clayburgh, Marsha Mason, Gerard Depardieu, and many others. Best- known plays include Line (in its 40th year, off-Broadway), The Indian Wants The Bronx, It’s Called the Sugar Plum, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays (a cycle including Alfred the Great, Our Father’s Failing, Alfred Dies, Hopscotch, The 75th, Stage Directions and Spared), The Widow’s Blind Date, The Growing Up Jewish Trilogy (Today, I Am a Fountain Pen, A Rosen by Any Other Name, and The Chopin Playoffs), Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, My Old Lady, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, 6 Hotels (The Wedding Dance, Speaking of Tushy, Beirut Rocks, The Audition Play, Fiddleheads and Lovers, and 2nd Violin), Compromise, and The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath. Recent plays include The Bump, Sins of the Mother, What Strong Fences Make, The P Word, Virtual Alex, and Gloucester Blue. Screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival), Sunshine (European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), New York, I Love You, James Dean (which introduced James Franco), and 3 Weeks After Paradise (which he wrote, directed and starred in). Horovitz recently wrote and directed his first feature film (at age 74) based upon his stage-play My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott-Thomas. Horovitz’s memoires Un New-Yorkais a Paris were recently published in France, where he is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history. He has written and published one novel Cappella and one novella Nobody Love Me. Awards include OBIE (twice), Prix Italia, Sony Radio Academy Award, writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, Christopher Award, Drama Desk Award, Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Lifetime Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith, Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award, Massachusetts Governor’s Award, and many others. Horovitz was recently decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honor awarded to foreign artists. He is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage, and active Artistic Director of the new York Playwrights Lab, and is co-artistic director of Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto in Italy. nYC’s Barefoot Theatre celebrated Horovitz’s 70th birthday by organizing The 70/70 Horovitz Project, a year-long event with 70 Horovitz plays having had readings and/or productions by theatres around the globe. He is the father of five children: film producer Rachael Horovitz, TV producer/novelist Matthew Horovitz, Beastie Boy/composer Adam Horovitz, writer/ filmmaker Oliver Horovitz, and academic Hannah Horovitz. He is married to Gillian Horovitz, formerly England national Marathon Champion and record-holder. The Horovitz family divides its time among homes in nYC, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and London.

Horovitz has written poetry throughout his lifetime. Heaven and Other Poems is the first collection of his poetry he has authorized for publication.

GALA & AWARDS CEREMONY presentation...(6.23.14)

Along with a few other highlights, new works, films, music and poetry from and representing the past 15 years - We are looking forward to giving you a glimpse of our highest grossing, critically acclaimed production: the stage adaptation of DOG DAY AFTERNOON featuring some of the original cast members.  Here's a great review from our production:

"This Dog Has Its Day! The Barefoot Theatre Company took on a mighty challenge recently in turning Sidney Lumet's famous film Dog Day Afternoon into an Off-Broadway play. The movie, after all, was created as much in the editing room as it was by the performance of its extraordinary cast led by Al Pacino. But damn if they didn't put on a rough and ready version of that script; this was a vibrant and exciting piece of stagecraft that deserves to be remounted in front of a larger audience. Even more impressive was Francisco Solorzano's tight, muscular direction of the piece done with a large, talented cast in one intermissionless act. Solorzano in the Pacino role of Sonny...throwing himself into it with gleeful zest.... Simply put, we were mighty impressed with this production. " 

- THE DRAMA DESK / Siegal Column 

pictured: Jeremy Brena as Sal & Francisco Solorzano as Sonny.

more info on the GALA & AWARDS CEREMONY:


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vassallo Award (Outstanding Achievement In The Arts)...

We are over the moon about awarding our inaugural VASSALLO AWARD, (in honor of our friend, collaborator and mentor, Ed Vassallo) to LYNN COHEN for Outstanding Achievement In The Arts.  Lynn has been an Ensemble Member for many years and most recently made a special appearance in our debut film project, Floating Sunflowers, opposite Ensemble Members, Anna Chlumsky, Francisco Solorzano and Christopher Whalen.  She will star in Barefoot Studio Pictures (our sister co.) upcoming film currently in preproduction.  

Take a closer look at Lynn's phenomenal credits in Film, Television and Theater.  She deserves every bit of love and attention.  Her commitment to the arts and the collaborative process has always made her a true artists in every sense of the word.

Our Gala & Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, June 23rd at the Beatrice Theatre (SVA) in the heart of NYC.  For tixs and more information please visit:  

Most recently starred in HUNGER GAMES, CATCHING FIRE as Madge opposite Jennifer Lawrence.  Lynn Cohen‘s roles on film and television have ranged from Golda Meir in Steven Spielberg’s MUNICH and Maman in Louis Malle’s VANYA ON 42ND STREET to the nanny Magda in SEX AND THE CITY (both the two movies and the TV series). Included among her many other movie and TV credits are Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY and DECONSTRUCTING HARRY; EAGLE EYE; INVINCIBLE; THE EXTRA MAN; EVERYBODY’S FINE; HELLO LONESOME; LAW AND ORDER; NURSE JACKIE, DAMAGES, andBORED TO DEATH. On the New York stage, she has appeared in such plays as Tina Howe’s CHASING MANET (with Jane Alexander), HAMLET (with Kevin Kline), MACBETH (with Live Schreiber),ORPHEUS DESCENDING (with Vanessa Redgrave), and ISRAEL HOROVITZ‘S NEW SHORTS with Barefoot Theatre Company. She has also trod the boards in many of the country’s leading regional theatres. Recent productions include THREE SISTERS in the new Sarah Ruhl trans lation directed by John Doyle and Beckett’s HAPPY DAYS. Awards include a Fox Fellowship; a Richard Seff Award from Actors Equity Association: a Screen Actors Guild ensemble award (for SEX AND THE CITY), and a Bowden Award from New Dramatists. Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member since 2007.

Lynn Cohen as Golda Meir on the set of MUNICH with director Steven Spielberg.

Lynn Cohen as Mags in HUNGER GAMES 2, CATCHING FIRE.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

THE READHEAD IS COMING by Bernardo Cubria (bareNaked Reading Series) 6.3.14

Barefoot Theatre CompaNY
Season 2013-2014
bareNaked Reading Series
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer

proudly presents
written by
Bernardo Cubria
directed by
Jerry Ruiz

June 3, 2014

Vera……………….…………….….Therese Plaehn*
Jolene…………………………Kathleen Littlefield*
Carla……………………………Stephanie Janssen*
Lucas………………………..……..…..Jorge Cordova*
Papa/Mariachi…………......…..…Bobby Plasencia*
Alfredo……………………………….Ed Cardona Jr.
Stage Directions…………..… Allison Anderegg

*member AEA

Musical Guest: Timothy Dark featuring
Will Hanza and Kathy Zimmer

West Beth Artists Community
55 Bethune Street

Music Booking by Darkseed Entertainment

Thank you for an incredible season! Wishing you
the very best this summer, and please keep in touch with us via our 
Facebook page and website for info
on our 2014-2015 bareNaked Reading Series, beginning in the fall!

Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director
Sol Crespo, Company Manager

Monday, June 2, 2014

Meet The Director... (6.3.14 bareNaked Reading Series)

Here's a look at Barefoot Associate Director, Jerry RUIZ who will direct the final reading of our 201-2014 bareNaked Reading Series!  Jerry has been traveling all over directing his butt off but we're happy to have him join us again!!!

Jerry directed two of our bareNaked Reading Series last season, Mando Alvarado's ON THE 5:31 and Hilary Bettis' ALLIGATOR.    

For more info on reading and RSVP visit:

JERRY RUIZ (Director) Jerry Ruiz is a NYC-based director. This summer he will be directing the world premiere of Tanya Saracho's MALA HIERBA at Second Stage. Over the past five years, he has directed productions for the Rattlestick (Basilica by Mando Alvarado), Clubbed Thumb (Enfrascada by Tanya Saracho), the Mint (Philip Goes Forth and Love Goes to Press), SummerStage (King of Infinite Space) and Repertorio Epsanol (Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias). Other NYC credits include A Map of Broken Glass by Anna Ziegler (F*it Club), The King is Dead by Caroline V. McGraw and Rattlers by Johnna Adams. From 2009-2011, he was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development for Directors Grant. Jerry is a Barefoot Associate Director.

Meet The Playwright...(6.3.14 bareNaked Reading Series)

We're thrilled to be collaborating once again with actor/playwright BERNARDO CUBRÍA!  He was first seen in last season's bareNaked Reading Series in a new play by Mando Alvarado followed by appearing in and writing for our bareNaked LA Reading Series this season at our LA Residency, the Art Of Acting Studio.  His short play, I WOULD HAVE THAT NIGHT was also featured in our most recent bareNaked Reading Series in NY this past May alongside new works by Jose Rivera, Hilary Bettis, Mel Nieves, Ed Cardona Jr. and Israel Horovitz.

We couldn't be happier to present Bernardo's full length play for our bareNaked Reading Series 2013-2014 Season finale featuring Ensemble Members, Therese PLAHEN, Stephanie JANSSEN, Artistic Associates, Kathleen LITTLEFIELD and Allison ANDEREGG with some pretty badass guest artists - directed by Associate Director, Jerry RUIZ!

For more info and RSVP visit: 

BERNARDO CUBRÍA (Writer) The Redhead is Coming is Bernardo's second full length play. It was developed with Inviolet Repretory Theatre Company. It has received public readings at The People's Light and Theatre Company in Philadelphia, and with Inviolet Rep. His first play Down Boy has received readings at Wordsmyth Theatre Company in Houston, Texas, and by Token Collective in NYC. His short plays Danica and Jean and I Would Have That Night have been produced at over 20 short play festivals around the country. As an actor his favorite credits include Cesar in Basilica (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Philip in Philip Goes Forth (The Mint), Husband in So Go the Ghosts of Mexico (La Mama), Luis in American Jornalero (INTAR), The Man (understudy) in A Summer's Day (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Florizel in The Winter's Tale (People's Light and Theatre), Hamlet in Hamlet (New Perspectives Theatre), Manuelo in Boleros for the Disenchanted (Richmond, VA) and Ed in This is Fiction (Cherry Lane). He's a proud member of Inviolet Repertory Theatre Company. TV: The Good Wife, We Are New York. Film: Late Phases, The Truth About Lies, and Death of an Ally. Para Chiquita.