Sunday, May 22, 2016

2016 bareNaked Reading Series (May)

Our bareNaked Reading Series (no sets, no props, just words) is BACK and better than ever!!! The first round of 2016 plays, presented by Hi-ARTS will take place at El Barrio's Artspace PS109, in NYC. We are thrilled to be hosted by one of our favorite companies in this gorgeous, new venue.

Our first round of plays will be directed by Barefoot's Artistic Directors: Francisco Solorzano (Producing Artistic Director) and Shira-Lee Shalit (Associate Artistic Director) and introducing our newest ensemble member, Paula Pizzi-Black (Actor/Director)!

Monday, May 23rd @ 7pm
THE NEW GIRL by Israel Horovitz (curtain riser; premiere)
directed by Joli Tribuzio
CAST: Michael Pantozzi, Rocky Vega, Mackenzie Lansing, Malachy Silva


HELLMOUTH '89 by Mark Borkowski
directed by Francisco Solorzano
CAST: Christopher Whalen, Therese Plahen, Dan Grimaldi, Peter Collier, Marcia Haufrecht, Joan Porter, and Molly Collier.
featuring Live Music by SEBASTIAN ERAKARE

Synopsis: When a mentally disturbed father seeks forgiveness for sins against his family, he asks his son to help him take the only action he believes will fully absolve him: he wants to be crucified. His request unveils the family’s darkest secrets and forces them to confront their demons.
Wednesday, May 25th @ 7pm
WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU by Jan Rosenberg
Directed by Shira-Lee Shalit
CAST: Jake Cannavale, Reyna de Courcy, David Potters, Kara Young, Kathryn Danielle, Gates Leonard and Maria Paz Alegre.
featuring Live Music by ADAM COHEN! 

Synopsis:  Following someone to the hospital after they’ve had a seizure on the L train isn’t the most ideal way to make friends, but it’s how Caden meets Mae. Suddenly he's sucked into twisted game where pain and shock value gives you the highest score. What’s Wrong With You is a play about the dangerous measures we take to seek human connection—or avoid it entirely.

Friday, May 27th @ 7pm
Directed by Paula Pizzi-Black
CAST: Ashely Marie Ortiz, Jennifer Henriquez, Maggie Bofill, Barbara English, Domenica Salame, Brian Tarantina and Allison Anderegg.
featuring Live Music by THE RUNGS!

Synopsis: When punk rock exploded in L.A., Sally and Lou were there: feminists, Latinas, queens of noise. One went pop, one stayed punk, but sparks from their tumultuous friendship remain. Decades later, can they overcome old wounds, forgive each other, and rock as hard as they ever did?

All readings will feature pre&post show LIVE MUSIC and FREE DRINKS sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery. Suggested Donation: $5.

RESERVATIONS are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - email with DATE of reading you'd like to attend in subject line. We will email you back ONLY if there's a problem.

STAY TUNED: June readings will future works by Micheline Auger, Amina Henry and Adam Szymkowicz.

Kamilah Forbes, Artistic Director; Tiffany Vega, General Manager; Leslie Lissaint, Project Manager

Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is a leading organization within the urban arts movement. For fifteen years, Hi-ARTS has consistently broken new ground, advancing urban art by empowering artists to develop bold new works, while creating a lasting and positive impact on urban communities. Hi-ARTS is adding to the legacy of the HHTF at an exciting stage of growth that engages Hip-Hop while creating the new urban arts. With the move to our new home at PS 109, Hi-ARTS is poised to grow into new realms of artistic creativity, advocacy and service to the arts and the communities in which we live.

Our commitment to this work has developed an audience that is equally unique within the landscape which is young and ethnically and racially diverse. Located at the center of creative and community practice in El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, Hi-ARTS engages arts and culture both locally and nationally. Our work is focused on:

Developing and produce new work through performance and the visual arts,
Serving as an incubator that provides a platform for artists while showcasing innovative work of the future, Facilitating educational programs and opportunities that increase access, participation and diversity in the arts,
Creating a pipeline that produces important works for the field of urban arts.

Special thanks to Alaina Albertson, The Actors Studio, Primary Stages, LABrinth Theater Co., Hi-ARTS, Amina Henry, Cecilia Copeland, Gilberto Perez-Abraham, Dedra Woods, Adam Szymkowicz, Stephanie Elam.  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From our Familia at Hi-ARTS...

We HIGHLY recommend this event TONIGHT!!!  From our familia at Hi-ARTS: NYCasitas Panel Discussion with Martha Cooper
 May 3rd | 7:30pm
@ El Barrio's Artspace PS109
215 E. 99th Street New York, NY 10029
Join Martha Cooper to discuss her current exhibition at Hi-ARTS  for a very special talk about the history and culture of 
NYC Casitas with invited guests Bill Aguado, Joseph Sciorra, Jane Weissman and Taller Boriqua.  Moderated by Raymond Codington.
Martha Cooper's seldom seen 1980's images of casitas, small Caribbean style homes found in Puerto Rico that were recreated on vacant lots throughout the city. Cooper's photos shot in Spanish Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, capture the resilient Puerto Rican communities that built these casitas and gardens for social gatherings, birthdays, domino games, cookouts and performances. 
This exhibition is currently up at the Hi-ARTS Gallery. Open viewing through May 28, 2016 | Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12:00-6:00pm @ Hi-ARTS Gallery 304 E. 100th St. NY, NY 10029