Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Welcome to our Paperless Program for BULLY by Amina Henry; directed by Shira-Lee Shalit for our April 14th bareNaked Reading Series...

Barefoot Theatre CompaNY
Season 2014-2015
bareNaked Reading Series
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer 
proudly presents
written by
Amina Henry
directed by
Shira-Lee Shalit 
April 14, 2015

Wren………………..…………..………Erin Cherry*
Simone………………….………Stacey Raymond*
Bree…………………………….Vanessa Aspillaga*
Delilah………………………..….………Mle Chester
Tanisha……………………………...Sevrin Mason*
Candace…………………….….Jelena Stupljanin*
Stage Directions…...............………Raye Levine
*Appearing courtesy AEA
Musical Guest: Cannonball Statman

West Beth Artists Community
55 Bethune Street

May bareNaked Reading
By Mel Nieves
Directed by Michael LoPorto
Tuesday, May 12; doors at 7:30pm

Music Booking by Darkseed Entertainment

Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director

ERIN CHERRY hails from Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts where she studied under Bill Esper and Maggie Flanigan. She has appeared on stage at Julie Harris Stage, WHAT, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York Stage and Film, Capitol Rep, The Prince Music Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, and CrossRoads Theatre. Recent stage roles include Stick Fly (Majestic), The Farm (Penguin Rep), and Lines in the Dust (Luna Stage). She was also recently an understudy for Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of When We Were Young and Unafraid staring Cherry Jones. She is thrilled to be making her bareNaked debut, and wants to send a shout out to Amina Henry and Shira Lee for the opportunity. For updates on Cherry, you can follow her on Twitter at: Cherryacts and/ or check out her website at: ErinCherry.com

STACEY RAYMOND received her BFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). Favorite theater credits include work at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Theater Row, La Mama, PS 122, HERE, Urban Stages, Cherry Lane Theatre and Culture Project. TV/Web credits include ALPHA HOUSE as well as a recurring role in the critically-acclaimed web series PRODUCING JULIET. Stacey portrayed the leading roles in the award-winning films ALICE IN ANDREW’S LAND and DIVE, as well as the leading role in the upcoming film THE DAY THAT SHE DIED. Later this month, Stacey will perform in a workshop performance of a solo show titled THE DIABOLICAL STARFISH (written by Jen Browne) at Dixon Place. Love to Leah. www.staceyraymond.com

VANESSA ASPILLAGA - Broadway: 2003 Pulitzer Prize winning “Anna in the Tropics” with Jimmy Smits.  Off-broadway and Regional: “Domesticated” Lincoln Center Theater, “underneathmybed” Rattlestick Theater (Drama League Distinguished Performance Award Nominee 2010-2011, HOLA Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor Award) “Chasing Manet” Primary Stages, “Paradise Park” Signature Theatre Company, “The Clean House” Lincoln Center Theater, “The Cataract” Women’s Project, “As You Like It” Public Theater New York Shakespeare Festival, “Two Sisters and a Piano” Alliance Theatre Company, “Night of the Asassins” INTAR, “Cutting Open Wings” LAByrinth, “They Still Mambo in Havana” The Flea, “Missionaries” Brooklyn Academy of Music/ LaMama ETC/ New York Stage and Film, “Voir Dire” Long Wharf/ Arena Stage/ Seattle Repertory, “A Park in our House” New York Theatre Workshop/ McCarter.  Film and TV: “Detours,” (upcoming) “Alex of Venice,” “Tio Papi,” “Gun Hill Road” (Grand Jury Nominee 2011 Sundance Film Festival) “Morning Glory” (with Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford), “Love and Other Drugs” (with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway), “Petty Crimes,” “My Best Friend’s Wife,” “Pyrite,” “Stringer,” “Mr. Wonderful,” The Jim Gaffigan Show (recurring role July 2015 on TVland) Flesh and Bone (recurring role upcoming Starz) Nurse Jackie, Elementary, The Good Wife, Unforgettable, Rubicon, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, The Jury, Deadline.

Mlé CHESTER is a graduate of the two year conservatory program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Stage credits include Joe Turner's Come & Gone, The Women and Roost. She has also appeared on CBS's Blue Bloods.



SEVRIN ANNE MASON's selected New York credits include The Crucible on Broadway, Charlotte Miller’s Rocks , a part of the triptych, Zurich, NY (Ensemble Theatre Group) ; Sarah Shaefer’sI Can’t Explain it Better Than That and Jessica Dickey’s Row after Row (Rising Phoenix Rep ) ; Four Hundred Parts Per Million (Blessed Unrest); The Calmative and Baal both directed by Scott Ebersold ; Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang, directed by Daniel Talbot). Sevrin 's selected film credits include Buffalo Girl by Patch Darragh, Public Hearing (Automatic Moving Co. ) , and A Quintet (Omnibus Productions); and two webseries: Help Wanted and Downsized . Sevrin graduated from Boston University and is a proud member of AEA . You can find her online at sevrinannemason.com.

JELENA STUPLJANIN is a NY based actress, born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2010, she’s a permanent member of New York Innovative Theater Award winning theater company ‘Rising Phoenix Repertory’ and worked on numerous productions with them. After graduating from Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, she became a member of one of the leading Serbian theater companies ‘Atelje 212’. She has performed in more than 30 mainstream productions and toured on stages of many European theaters. Jelena became a household name in Serbia with her role in TV series ‘Foxes’, as well as with a female lead in a feature film “Cirkus Columbia’ (2010), dir. by the Oscar Winner Danis Tanovic (‘No Man’s Land’ 2002). ‘Cirkus Columbia’ was a Bosnian contender for Oscar nominations 2010 and Jelena won the Best Actress award for her role in it at Alexandria Int. Film Festival.  Other film work: ‘Love Hunter’, ‘Jelena, Katarina, Marija’, ‘The Ambulance’, ‘Fall into Paradise’, ‘A Quintet’, (producing debut, omnibus feature film, winner of the Special Jury Award at the Chelsea Film Festival, 2014). She just finished shooting a feature film ‘Humidity’ dir. by Nikola Ljuca.

RAYE LEVINE is an NYC based Actress. She completed the 2-year Meisner training program at the William Esper Studio under Barbara Marchant and continued training with Bill Esper, Nancy Mayans and Deb Jackel. She performed in a reading of  THE VOTE IN ORANGE  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, along with Kevin Kline, Bobby Cannavale, Judith Ivey and Angelina Fiordellisi.  Raye is an Ensemble Member of the Barefoot Theatre Company and has performed in staged readings including  PARKSLOPEON THE 5:31 by Mando Alvarado, directed by  Jerry Ruiz, RESTLESSNESS OF DESIRE by Kristina Poe, directed by Shira-Lee Shalit, PIRATE by Jennifer Skura, directed by Molly Marinik, WETIKO by Greg Paul, directed by Joli Tribuzio, MAN IN SNOW by Israel Horovitz, directed by Francisco Solorzano (at the Actor's Studio), and  FINALLY,  a new short by Israel Horovitz at the Calderwood Pavillion as part of the Boston Theatre Marathon. As part of the Barefoot Theatre Company's 15th Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony, Raye performed in DOG DAY AFTERNOON directed by Francisco Solorzano, and VICTORY GIRLS by Kristina Poe, directed by Michael LoPorto.  Raye holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union. She is a competitive-level figure skater and member of Ice Theatre of New York. 
AMINA HENRY is a poet-playwright and teaching artist. Recent productions include: Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover, produced by The Cell: a 21stCentury Salon and presented by Theatre for the New City (New York, NY), Water produced by Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY) and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 13th Street Theater/CSC. Her work has been developed/presented at: Little Theater at Dixon Place, The Flea, Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 2013 Black Swan Lab Series (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater, The Brick, HERE Arts Center, The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, HERO Theatre, the Hive Theater, Shakespeare’s Sister Company, the Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn College and Texas State University. She was a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice playwright at The Playwrights Center and a 2013 Finalist for the Leah Ryan FEWW Playwriting Prize for her play Bully. She was a featured playwright at the 2013 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference at Texas State University. Publications include Hello, My Name Is Joe in the compilation 24 Gun Control Plays, published by NoPassport Press. Amina Henry is a graduate of Yale University, NYU’s Performance Studies MA program and Brooklyn College’s MFA Playwriting program.

SHIRA-LEE SHALIT (Director): is an award-winning director, chosen by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists out of 12,000 directors for his Fox/DreamWorks TV show, "On The Lot.”  She recently directed Stephen Belber’s FAULT LINES at the Barrow Group Theatre and has directed for the LAByrinth Theater Company, Barefoot Theatre Company, Nylon Fusion Collective, Vertigo Theater Company, The Jewish Plays Project, Stonestreet Studios, NYMadness, Thespis Theatre Festival, The Lark, and the Writers Guild East Screenplay Series. Shira-Lee’s feature film debut, A-LIST starring Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland (Anna, JFK) won the Audience Award at the 2007 Milan International Film Festival, and the Gold Remy Award for Best Comedy at Worldfest Film Festival. Her first short, FULL CYCLE was a Finalist in the Student Academy Awards, and her film, OPEN AIR, starring Lynn Cohen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) won multiple awards at festivals worldwide.  Winner of the prestigious Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award, Shira-Lee is an Associate Director with The Barefoot Theatre Company and a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She teaches master classes for the LAByrinth Theater Company and is on faculty at Columbia University and NYU.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Cannonball Statman performs heavy, fast-paced music, with singing, barking, speed-rapping, and Tuvan throat singing layered over an acoustic guitar tuned like a six-string sitar. His debut album "Icepick" was self-released in Spring 2014, followed by a USA tour with NYC-based art rock band The Grasping Straws. He continues touring, recording, and performing in NYC, while drumming in rock and roll supertrio The Dick Jokes, organizing live events in the NYC Antifolk scene, and editing the music section for local community newspaper Boog City.  

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