Monday, June 16, 2014

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.

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