Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SUPPORT OUR RETURN TO OFF BROADWAY

You may have already read about it in the NEW YORK TIMES, but if you didn't - we're headed OFF BROADWAY this fall with Israel Horovitz's newest play!  We're just as excited as you BUT need your support to make our final fundraising goals a reality.  A generous donor has come on board to match every dollar up to $10,000 to bring this very important play to New York City audiences of all ages.  

We are in search of donors who are looking to sponsor our production and become a part of the presentation with gifts in return such as: tax-deductible receipt, producer credit, opening night/red-carpet tixs, private screening of Barefoot Studio Pictures' short films, Floating Sunflowers (starring Anna Chlumsky) and latest A Northern Star (starring Lynn Cohen), with Horovitz's short film, Security (originally developed and premiered on stage w/ Barefoot Theatre Co.) along with private dinner and drinks with Horovitz and the Barefoot Theatre Co. ensemble and more!

Three (3) easy ways to contribute & become a part of our Off Broadway production:
1) Click on button to make your tax-deductible donation:

CLICK TO MAKE YOUR DONATION
2) Write a check and make it payable to:
Barefoot Theatre Company, Inc.
619 East 17th Street, #1S
Brooklyn, NY 11226 
c/o Francisco Solorzano

3) or contact us to make a secured CHASE Quickpay transaction.  Email us at barefoottheatre@aol.com, attn: Francisco Solorzano with the best way to contact you via phone.

Here's a little more about the project in Israel Horovitz's own words:
Why are we fundraising online for MAN IN SNOW? 

The budget for the Gloucester Stage leg of the journey is covered. The budget for bringing the show to LaMama is very nearly covered. In total, our budget for the NYC transfer is at $20,000 - we're looking to raise only half, with a matching donation already set at $10,000!

I hope that you will be able to help with a contribution, large or small.
This project is hugely important to me. I think that MAN IN SNOW is among my very best work.

The play tells the story of a man caught in an avalanche, but centers on parents grieving for a dead child. The play is very much a study of grief and its effects on marriages and families. I have done exhaustive research on these important life-issues. I have seen audiences’ profoundly emotional response to both the radio play and the stage version of MAN IN SNOW.


Grief is an important, but highly ­non-commercial theme. Hardly obscure, grief touches every human life, yet is a subject rarely touched by films or stage-plays.
 
MAN IN SNOW was originally written for BBC Radio 4 in the year 2000. I had just returned from seeing a play of mine in Fairbanks, Alaska, and was being interviewed by a local radio station... when a report came in about a man who was killed in a cabin during an avalanche. He spent his final minutes of his life talking on a cell-phone to his wife, saying goodbye.

The phone was hot-wired into a 40’-high antenna, allowing continued reception.


This story stayed with me, haunted me. When I was asked by BBC Radio 4 to write an original radio play, I wrote MAN IN SNOW, which is totally fiction except for the essential image of a husband and wife saying their goodbyes in that terrible circumstance. My play won the 2001 Sony Radio Academy Award.


Around 5 years ago, I had an invitation to travel to Italy to see some short plays of mine in a theatre in Spoleto. I had been to Spoleto in 1968 for the Festival of Two Worlds, where I showed The Indian Wants the Bronx with Al Pacino and John Cazale, and It's Called The Sugar Plum with Jill Clayburgh. Spoleto was a great memory for me, and so I accepted the invitation to return there to see the stage-show composed of my short plays. In Spoleto, I met the director Andrea Paciotto for the first time. His work directing my plays was brilliant. Andrea’s speciality is physical – visual – theatre. Mine is very much the art of storytelling. Our combined work was, I think, unusual and compelling for audiences.

The eight Italian actors performing my plays asked me if they could stay together as a troupe and continue to perform other plays of mine. Of course I said 'yes' and Compagnia Horovitz-Pacciotto was born.


To date, Andrea has directed nearly a dozen of my plays in Italy. A few years ago, he asked if he could put my radio play MAN IN SNOW on stage in Italy. His stage-production of MAN IN SNOW was astonishing. It inspired me to write a fully-realized stage-play based upon my radio script.

During the past year, I developed the stage version of MAN IN SNOW at The Actors Studio in NYC, working closely with Francisco Solorzano of Barefoot Theatre. Francisco is a close friend of Pacciotto. I have worked with Barefoot Theatre on literally dozens of my plays. When Igturned 70, Barefoot 4:38 PMheater and Francisco Solorzano organized the 70/70 Horovitz Project… 70 of my plays were given readings and/or full productions by theatre companies around the globe.

Francisco Solorzano and I worked closely developing MAN IN SNOW for the stage, doing rehearsed readings of developing drafts of the stage play through four separate performances of MAN IN SNOW, spaced throughout a full year at The Actors Studio in NYC, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre in Florida.

The play is now scheduled to be performed at Gloucester Stage during September and October 2016, followed immediately by performances in NYC at LaMama in November.

Others theatres in the USA and France have already scheduled performances of MAN IN SNOW for 2017.


Andrea Paciotto will come to America in summer, 2016, to rehearse and direct MAN IN SNOW at Gloucester Stage, and then re-stage the play at LaMama. 


Israel HOROVITZ

NYC,

May-July 2016.
GIFTS:

Co-PRODUCER - $20,000 +
Two (2) Red-Carpet / Opening Night Tixs & After party 
Two (2) to any following performances
Signed Framed Poster of MAN IN SNOW
Signed Script - NYC Performance Script
Media DVD/CD with BBC Radio Original Recording, Rehearsal Clips, Interviews & More
Private Dinner w/ Barefoot Theatre Co & Israel Horovtiz
Private Screening of Barefoot Studio Pictures' films including Security by Horovitz (originally premiered on stage w/ Barefoot Theatre Co.)
Signed Collection of Israel Horovitz Playscripts, Poems and Memoir 
Program acknowledgment 
Social Media & Website acknowledgement
Program and Website Advertisement space
TWO (2) Red-Carpet / Opening Night Tixs & After party to Barefoot GALA
TWO (2) Red-Carpet / Opening Night Tixs to NYC Premiere of A NOTHERN STAR, a film starring Lynn Cohen & the Barefoot Theatre Ensemble.
Signed BluRay copy of Barefoot Studio Pictures' debut film, FLOATING SUNFLOWERS starring Anna Chlumsky of VEEP and My Girl fame. 
Barefoot Theatre Company limited Logo Pin
Tax Deductible Donation Receipt
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - $10,000 +
Two (2) Red-Carpet / Opening Night Tixs & After party 
Two (2) to any following performances
Signed Framed Poster of MAN IN SNOW
Signed Script - NYC Performance Script
Private Dinner w/ Barefoot Theatre Co & Israel Horovtiz
Private Screening of Barefoot Studio Pictures' films including Security by Horovitz (originally premiered on stage w/ Barefoot Theatre Co.)
Signed Collection of Israel Horovitz Playscripts, Poems and Memoir 
Program acknowledgment 
Social Media & Website acknowledgment
TWO (2) Red-Carpet / Opening Night Tixs & After party to Barefoot GALA
Barefoot Theatre Company limited Logo Pin
Tax Deductible Donation Receipt
SUPPORTER - $5,000 +
Two (2) Red-Carpet / Opening Night Tixs & After party 
Signed Framed Poster of MAN IN SNOW
Signed Script - NYC Performance Script
Media DVD/CD with BBC Radio Original Recording, Rehearsal Clips, Interviews & More
Private Screening of Barefoot Studio Pictures' films including Security by Horovitz (originally premiered on stage w/ Barefoot Theatre Co.)
Signed Collection of Israel Horovitz Playscripts, Poems and Memoir 
Program acknowledgment 
Social Media & Website acknowledgment
Barefoot Theatre Company limited Logo Pin
Tax Deductible Donation Receipt
ANGEL - $500 +
Private Screening of Barefoot Studio Pictures' films including Security by Horovitz (originally premiered on stage w/ Barefoot Theatre Co.)
Signed Collection of Israel Horovitz Playscripts, Poems and Memoir 
Program acknowledgment 
Social Media & Website acknowledgment
Barefoot Theatre Company limited Logo Pin
Tax Deductible Donation Receipt
All funds will go towards the NYC transfer: Actor's fees, health & pension, marketing, advertising, designer fees, crew and more.  For a detailed breakdown, please contact us directly at barefoottheatre@aol.com. 
 
BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY (Co-Producer)
In 1999, Barefoot Theatre Company was founded by a multicultural group of artists determined to produce vital, thought-provoking plays, both new and lesser-known existing works.  Led by Actor, Francisco Solorzano, the BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY is now in its 17th season, developing theater and film (via sister co. Barefoot Studio Pictures) in New York and LA.  Recent collaborations with award winning writers include, Jose Rivera, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristoffer Diaz, Ben Snyder, Mike Reiss, Joe Pintuaro, Israel Horovitz, Lyle Kessler, Jan Rosenberg, Amina Henry, Adam Szymkowicz, Mark Borkowski, Micheline Auger, Mel Nieves and actors Gina Gershon, Bobby Cannavale, Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Michael Stuhlbarg, Annabella Sciorra, John Doman, Austin Pendleton, Richard Kind, Mickey Sumner, Anna Chlumksy, Lynn Cohen, Tala Ashe, Caitlin FitzGerald, Alfredo Narciso, to name a few.  Recent productions Off-Broadway include the premieres of TEETH OF THE SONS, a stage adaptation of the film DOG DAY AFTERNOON, NYC Revival of Joe Pintauro’s RAFT OF THE MEDUSA, the workshop of Israel Horovitz's GLOUCESTER BLUE, as well as the 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT, a yearlong worldwide festival that featured 70 of Horovitz's plays on the occasion of his 70th birthday.  First film project via Barefoot Studio Pictures, FLOATING SUNFLOWERS starring Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen, Christopher Whalen; directed by Francisco Solorzano was the recipient of several awards including Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Chlumsky), and many others at some of the top Film Festivals.  Currently in post production: A short film written and directed by Caitlin FitzGerald; A Northern Star written and directed by Francisco Solorzano starring Lynn Cohen and the Barefoot Theatre Co. Ensemble completed and scheduled for release around the globe this Fall.  Fore more info visit: barefoottheatrecompany.org. 

1 comment:

Kent Sommer said...

You really can't beat the food at this place; they have the best vegetarian meals and the most adorable dishes for the kids. The service at NYC venues also was impeccable. The salad I had for dinner was delicious as well as the scallop appetizer. The main course of filet mignon and dessert soufflé was also awesome!