Tuesday, June 9, 2015

TOWER V; bareNaked Reading Series

Barefoot Theatre CompaNY
Season 2014-2015
bareNaked Reading Series
Molly Marinik, Program Director
Jennie West, Co-Producer

proudly presents
written by
Michael Reyes
directed by
Scott Illingworth

June 9, 2015

Pfc. Jackson…….…………..……………Mike Carlsen*
Spc. Cruz……………………....…….…..John Concado*
Lieutenant Jones………….........……Craig muMs Grant*
Ali……………………....……..……………Alex Flores*
Radio…………………………...…….….John Harlacher
Stage Directions…............…..........…Patrick McCormick
*Appearing courtesy AEA

Musical Guest: Susan Hwang
Artwork by Jennie West

West Beth Artists Community (55 Bethune Street)

Thank you so much for an incredible
season of new plays! The 2015-2016
bareNaked Reading Series line-up
will be announced soon. Wishing
you a fun and inspiring summer!

Music Booking by Darkseed Entertainment

Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director
Christopher Whalen, Producing Director

WHO's WHO (in the cast & crew):

MIKE CARLSEN is an actor based in New York City and associate artistic director of Sponsored By Nobody an international theatre company based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the Acting conservatory at Purchase College-SUNY,   He has been seen on broadway in Tom Stoppard's  The Coast of Utopia . (TONY Award Best Play 2007) Off broadway credits include  The Wood  at the Rattlestick Theatre,  WTC View  at 59E59; L(Y)RE  at ARS NOVA and most recently Michael Puzzo's  Spirits of Exit Eleven  at the Lion Theatre in Theatre row. TV- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Good Wife, Law and Orders and some more. Film- A Walk Among The Tombstones, Laugh Killer Laugh as well as the upcoming Custody with Viola Davis, Lost Cat Corona with Ralph  Macchio and 11:55 Holyoke opposite Julia Stiles.

--> JOHN J CONCADO - John is a native New Yorker & son of Argentine immigrants. A bilingual actor & voiceover artist who can currently be seen & heard in commercials for Verizon, Norelco & The US Army. Recent theater credits: Rosario and the Gypsies written and directed by Eduardo Machado, Bamboo in Brooklyn by Ed Cardona. Look out for 42 Seconds of Happiness at a film festival near you in 2015. Training: Actors Studio Drama School, LAByrinth Theater Co., INTAR Theater Co. & the streets of NY.  Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA. Clips: www.johnnyondaspot.com Tweet me: @212Actor  Thank you all for the love and support. 

-->My name is ALEXANDER FLORES. I was born and raised in the Bronx NY. I've worked on stage, T.V. and Film. My latest project is a film from 20th Century Fox called The Maze Runner. 

-->CRAIG muMs GRANT is an American Actor. He has performed on New York City stages for more than 20 years. muMs is best known for playing Arnold Jackson aka Poet on the HBO hit show “OZ.”  muMs is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, debuting in such productions as the critically acclaimed Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, A View From 151st and Penalties and Interests, all performed Off-Broadway at the NYC’s Public Theater. muMs was last seen in his own production of A Sucker Emcee and Lucy Thurber's The Insurgents. Some of muMs’ other acting credits include: "Birdman", "The Knick", "Nurse Jackie", "Side Effects", “Law and Order SVU,” “Law and Order,” “Cold Case,” “Blue Bloods,” “Boston Legal,” “Law and Order Criminal Intent,” “The Sopranos,” amongst others. 


JOHN HARLACHER  is an actor and director. Acting work includes the indie feature  Love Simple ; the web series Cat Planet. many appearences with the Barefoot Theatre Company (of which he is a member), and the bar-theatre project Dialogue with Three Chords.   Directing work includes  Penetrating The Space  and  Callous Cad  at The HERE art center,  and the feature film  Urchin , which he also wrote. John also makes theatrical events, such as  NYC's long running Halloween institution  Nightmare Haunted House,  the twisted Christmas show  The Experiment , Easter's Full Bunny Contact, and most recently Ninja Escape, a live adventure game in Seattle. 

--> PATRICK McCORMICK is a recent graduate from the MFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College.  He is from Beverly, Massachusetts and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Recent productions:  R+J: An Uncivil Tale (World Premiere, Rebel Theatre Company),  Slouch (Theatre for a New City),  Black Metropolis (F.I.G. Theatre Group),  Lux In Tenebris (Bleecker Street Theatre),  The Gingham Dog and  Featuring Loretta(Brooklyn College).   www.patrickjosephmccormick.com

MICHAEL REYES (playwright) lives in New York, where he writes plays and short fiction. He is an Iraq War vet and currently works at a bookstore. He was a member of Castillo Theatre's young playwrights group and The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre writing workshop. His play Over There/ Over Here was produced in New York and L.A. Press in New York Times, Backstage and American Theatre Magazine. Former resident artist at The Bowery Poetry Club. His play Park Slope was read at Cherry Lane Theatre and was later given a workshop production by Barefoot Theatre Company. He has been published in Weird Tales Magazine, Dark Eclipse, 31 More Nights Of Halloween by Rainstorm Press and Twisted Boulevard by Eletrik Milk Bath Press. Currently a member of Barefoot Theatre Company and The Dramatist's Guild. 

SCOTT ILLINGWORTH (Director) is a Member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio, serves as Associate Director at Barefoot Theatre Company, is an Artistic Advisor for The Farm Theater, and was one of four Founding Members of The Passion Play Collective (along with Keith Reddin, Sarah Ruhl, and Mark Wing-Davey). Recent directing credits include the Off-Broadway World Premiere and ongoing tour of Beyond Words with Bill Bowers (Urban Stages, All for One Theatre Festival), the premiere of Girl on Girl by Lucas Hnath (NYU), Deadpan Melodrama by Bob Glaudini (Collaboraction), Waiting for Lefty (NYU), the premiere of Across the Water by Mona Mansour (NYU), Termination of Species by Ken Urban (Collaboraction), Springtime by Marie Irene Fornes (Marymount Manhattan), Leaving Iowa (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (The Theatre School at DePaul University), Refugee Girls Revue (Fringe NYC), and Chicago Summer (Collaboraction at Steppenwolf). Focused on developing new work, Scott has worked on readings and workshops of dozens of new plays. Some highlights include The Vote in Orange by Israel Horovitz for the French Embassy in NYC featuring Kevin Kline, Deep Trees by Andrea Ciannavei with Lili Taylor and Bobby Cannavale (LAByrith’s Barn Series), The Absence of Weather by Ken Urban and Some Brighter Distance by Keith Reddin (TimeLine Theatre), Israel Horovitz’s short plays Inconsolable, Just The Way You Are, The Vote in Orange, and What Strong Fences Make (Gloucester Stage and LAByrinth’s Barn Series), Lake Effect by Padraic Lillis (Geva Theatre Center and Alchemy Theatre), The Hard Sell and The April Hour (LAB’s Barn Series at The Public), and A Taste of Sunlight in December (Victory Gardens Theater). He served as Associate Director to Mark Wing-Davey on the Off-Broadway productions of Passion Play (EPIC), UNCONDITIONAL (LAByrinth), The Singing Forest (The Public), and Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth). Regionally Scott worked with Mr. Wing-Davey on Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl (Goodman and Yale Rep) and served as Assistant Director to Philip Seymour Hoffman on The Long Red Road (Goodman). Previous directing credits include Love Letters starring Patty Duke, Cloud Tectonics, Stone Cold Dead Serious, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Caryl Churchill’s A Dream Play. Scott is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and is a regular teacher of Masterclasses for LAByrinth Theater Co. He holds an MFA in Directing and a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School, DePaul University and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

SUSAN HWANG is a New York performer, musician and songwriter. She’s toured internationally as one third of New York’s favorite accordion/cello/bari-ukelele power trio, The Debutante Hour. She founded, curates and hosts The Bushwick Book Club – a monthly series presenting new music inspired by literature. Recently, she wrote music for and performed in Yara Arts Group’s “Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine” which ran in Kyiv and also NYC's La Mama Experimental Theater. This summer, Susan will be in Kyiv with Yara Arts creating a new theater piece involving the Crimean Tatars. Her band, Soozee Hwang and The Relastics released their first recording, "Dong Peh" this year. She's also excited about her new cooking show, "Maybe Everything Will Be Fine." You can watch it on the youtubes at https://youtu.be/_q7hzV1T0HQ (WARNING: this episode not suitable for vegetarians). For more information and performance calendar, visit susanhwanglalala.com.

JENNIE WEST studied formally as a painting major at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. She later developed her craft at the Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute. Influenced by primarily impressionist painters like Claude Monet and Edgar Degas,
Jennie has been painting since a very early age continuing an artistic tradition that stretches back for generations within her family.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Tixs are NOW ON SALE for our Spring Gala & 2nd annual Vassallo Awards on Monday, June 22nd, 2015 at the American Ballroom Theater.  All proceeds from the event will go towards our ensemble's basic operating costs as a non-profit organization and our 2016 Full Production of a new play. 

TICKETS: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10010055

The VASSALLO AWARDS is dedicated to the memory of Actor/Producer Ed Vasallo, a cherished member of the New York arts community for more than 20 years. A graduate of Union College and Brandeis University’s MFA program, Vassallo was an energetic and vital member of LAByrinth Theater Company, where he produced the TENN99 and NYNY festivals and served as the company appointed member to the Board. 

In addition to his work at LAByrinth, Vassallo was a dedicated volunteer and mentor at The 52nd Street Project.  Vassallo's producing credits include the short film F—K, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2010), the award winning feature film King Kelly (2012), and the IFC/Sundance Selects film Days and Nights (2014). Vassallo died in February 2014 after a 2 ½ year battle with leukemia. As an artist, mentor, educator, and friend, his passion for theater and his loving and compassionate nature was and will always be a source of inspiration. 

Each year we award a select group of artists from our community with the Vassallo Award for Outstanding Achievement In The Arts, Mentorship and Educational Outreach Program.  This year, we are excited to include the Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting.  The Honorees are individuals committed and dedicated to the arts and the support of our younger generation.  Last year, our Honorees included: Lynn Cohen with the Outstanding Achievement In The Arts award for her work in film, television and theater; Israel Horovitz with the Outstanding Achievement In Mentorship Award and Stella Adler's Outreach Program with the Outstanding Educational Outreach Program Award accepted by founder/artistic director, Tom Oppenheim.

This year we're thrilled to honor Anna Chlumksy (Outstanding Achievement In The Arts), Kamilah Forbes for her work with Hi-ARTS (Educational Outreach Program), Daniel Talbott (Mentorship Award) and 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis (Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting).  

Barefoot Theatre Company
proudly presents
the 2nd annual
Hosted by VH1's Ellie Lee
Monday, June 22nd, 2015 / New York City
American Ballroom Theater
25 West 31st Street, 4th Floor
$25 in advance / $35 at the door


featuring the short play 
“Waiting For Waiting For Godot”
by Mike Reiss (Emmy Winner, The Simpsons)
directed by Francisco Solorzano
 starring Jerry Adler, Allison Anderegg, Jeremy Brena, Charles Everett, John Gazzale, Kenneth King, Margaret Ladd, Sevrin Mason, Michael Pantozzi, and Christa Wroblewski...

w/ Special Guest Speakers from Film, Televison & Broadway!

TICKETS: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10010055