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70/70 Horovitz Project

Project #11: Mid-East Pieces
& Suite Horovitz in rep
at Theater For The New City

November 5–22

Saturday Night Special featuring
company member Chiara Montalto
and musical guests at
American Ballroom Theater

December 5

Project #12: A Christmas Carol:
Scrooge & Marley
at The Kraine Theater

December 10–12, 16–19, 22–23

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70/70 Horovitz Project

(a year-long, world-wide festival celebrating Israel Horovitz's 70th Birthday with 70 of his plays)

As Organizer and Executive Producer, the Barefoot Theatre Company leads over 50 theater companies from around the globe including: France, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Scandinavia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Korea, Romania, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Israel and the United States of America with readings, staged readings and fully staged productions of 70 plays by award winning playwright Israel Horovitz.

Sponsored by The Bleecker Street Theatre, the official venue for the festival.

Select theatre companies from the U.S. joining us are: NY Playwright’s Lab, La MaMa E.T.C., Gloucester Stage Company, Rising Phoenix Repertory, Firehouse Theatre Project, The R.E.A.L. Theatre Company, Florida Stage, East 3rd Productions, Theatre for the New City, Stella Adler Studios, Kef Productions, Harlequin Productions, Pear Productions, Strain Theatre Company and many more.

Schedule of Events


Opening of the festival on Horovitz's 70th birthday, Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the Bleecker Street Theatre as Jo Bonney directs a reading of his full length play, Sins of the Mother featuring Bobby Cannavale, John Doman, Francisco Solorzano and Michael Stuhlbarg.


Project # 2 - Mid-East Pieces (in) Process: Security, A Mother's Love, and Beirut Rocks being presented as a workshop with Security as a reading, A Mother's Love as a staged reading and Beirut Rocks being fully staged. The workshop will culminate with a presentation at the Bleecker Street Theatre (admission: $10) on Wednesday, April 15th and on Friday, April 17th at Iona College in New Rochelle (free admission). Directed by Michael LoPorto featuring Barefoot cast members who originated the roles in all three plays. Reading of What Strong Fences Make premieres with Francisco Solorzano and Joseph Sousa.


Lynn Cohen (Spielberg’s Munich, Sex and the City) will star opposite real life husband Ron Cohen, in a reading of one of Horovitz's earlier short plays, Acrobats, paired with one of his latest, The Marriage Play — presented at The American Ballroom Theater Company on Saturday, May 9th at 8pm in a festive evening of ballroom dancing, drinks and a silent auction. Ballroom Champions, Pierre Dulaine and Yvonne Marceau teach a lesson prior to reading.
Admission: $10 cash only at the door.

Project # 4: Barefoot Theatre Co. & Gloucester Stage Co. collaborate on What Strong Fences Make, Horovitz’s newest short, at the 11th annual Boston Theatre Marathon. Israel Horovitz directs his short play featuring Francisco Solorzano and Sean Meehen with fight choreography by Robert Walsh.


Project # 5: The Cherry Lane Theatre hosts the Barefoot Theatre Company in reading of Unexpected Tenderness, North Shore Fish, Captains and Courage and Barking Sharks and Horovitz's most controversial play, The Widow's Blind Date, on four consecutive Mondays.
Admission: FREE
Dates: Monday, June 1st; Monday, June 8th; Monday, June 15th; Monday June 22nd and Monday, June 29th at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Curtain is at 8pm. Featured special guest artists: Lynn Cohen, Ashlie Atkinsons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Aronov, John Doman, Eddie Vassalo, Sidney Williams and more. Directed by Robert Bruce McIntosh, Ronald Cohen, Nicole Haran, Rose Burnett Bonczek and Mimi O'Donnell.


Project # 6: The final bareNaked Reading Series in August of 2009 featuring solo works written and performed by Israel Horovitz, Chiara Montalto, Shayna Padovano and directed by Tamilla Woodard at The Kraine Theater. Live Music by UMBERTO (Gina Penseiro).


Project # 7: Barefoot Theatre Company goes West for readings of a classic & recent short plays at prominent theatre venues in Hollywood, CA.


Barefoot Theatre Company celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a benefit reading featuring Julianne Moore along with readings of The Indian Wants the Bronx, Hopscotch, the 75th, Shooting Gallery & Rats.

Thursday, September 24th, join us for a FREE reading of Horovitz's earlier short play, Honest-to-God Schnozzola, at Brooklyn’s very own Freddy’s Bar & Backroom.

FREE evening of Poetry by Israel Horovitz will be read at a prominent NYC poetry club—exact dates and location TBA.


Theater For The New City presents the Barefoot Theatre Company with the fully staged production of 6 Hotels which includes: NYIT Award nominated The Hotel Play; brand new plays: 2nd Violin, Speaking of Tushy, Fiddleheads & Lovers; and Fat Guy Gets The Girl to run in repertory with a full staged production of Mid-East Pieces: Security, A Mother's Love, What Strong Fences Make and Beirut Rocks. Directed by Pamela Seiderman, Michael LoPorto and special guest director.
Admission: $18.


During the Holiday Season, The Horse Trade Theatrer Group will presents the Barefoot Theatre Company with the fully staged production of Horovitz's adaptation of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley.
Admission: $18 along with FREE readings of plays such as Morning, The P-Word, CatLady & more during off nights.

February 2010

Preproduction for Theater Marathon of remaining Horovitz Plays for 70/70 including the controversial Henry Lumper. East 3rd Productions presents the Barefoot Theatre Company.

March 2010

1st Anniversary Celebration at Bleecker Street Theater! Sponsored by Zyr Vodka, American Theater Magazine, Samuel French Play Publishers, Dramatists Play Service, Smith & Krauss Publications, and more!!! Join us on facebook for backstage passes and more info! The evening will include free drinks, food, surprise gifts, live music, DJ mixing awesome beats for the after party, a sneak peek at continued success of 70/70 Horovitz Project and special surprise guests! PROMISES TO BE THE THEATER EVENT CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR!

All dates and events are subject to change.

Collections of Israel Horovitz's plays, courtesy of Smith & Krauss, Samuel French Play Publishers & Dramatist Play Service will be available at all events for purchase.

ISRAEL HOROVITZ’S plays have been translated and performed, worldwide. His 70+ plays include Line (now in 36th year, off-Broadway), The Indian Wants The Bronx, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays, The Widow’s Blind Date, Today I Am A Fountain Pen, Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum , My Old Lady, Free Gift, Cat-Lady, Stations of the Cross, One Under, 50 Years of Caddieing, Speaking Well of the Dead, Unexpected Tenderness, Fast Hands, Security, A Mother’s Love, Sins of the Mother, 6 Hotels (including The Audition Play, Fiddleheads and Lovers, Speaking of Tushy, 2nd Violin, Beirut Rocks, and The Hotel Play), Compromise, The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath, and The P Word. Screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival), Sunshine (European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), New York, I Love You, and EMMY-nominated James Dean. Horovitz wrote, directed and performed the award-winning documentary 3 Weeks After Paradise, shown in the USA on Bravo, now on stage in Paris. Awards include the OBIE (twice), the Prix de Plaisir du Théâtre, The Prix Italia (for radio plays), The Sony Radio Academy Award (for Man In Snow), The Writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, The Christopher Award, The Drama Desk Award, an Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Elliot Norton Prize, a Lifetime Achievement Award from B’Nai Brith, The Literature Prize of Washington College, an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Salem (Massachusetts) State College, Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights Award, The Walker Hancock Prize, and many others. Horovitz is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage, and active Artistic Director of the New York Playwrights Lab. He teaches a master class in screenwriting at Columbia University and La Fèmis, France’s national film school. Horovitz visits France, frequently, where he often directs French-language productions of his plays. He is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history, and has recently been named to receive France’s coveted Order of Merit in Arts and Letters (March 2009).

Special Thanks

Jonathan Marc Sherman, Penny Landau, Yanick Salazar for all the photography, Lori Tan Chinn, C.J. Thom, Louis Salomone, & everyone at Bleecker Street Theater, Pol Theis, Faye Ellman & Teo Ermansons, Monique Carboni, The LAByrinth Theater Company, 214, Sebastian, Robert, and Josephine DeFalco @ Coney Island Bagels, DBA Brooklyn Bagel Boys, Mark von Sternberg, Millie Rivera, Abbie Van Nostrand, Leon Embry, Kenneth Dingledine & everyone at Samuel French Play Publishers, Inc., Craig Pospisil & everyone at Dramatists Play Service, Smith & Krauss Publications, Susan DeCola, David Katz and Zyr Vodka, Kate Walat at Theatre Communications Group (American Theatre Magazine), Heidi Reidell and everyone at Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Phil Hartman & Two Boots Pizzeria & Jose Arcilia, Patrice and everyone at Starbucks Coffee, Old Time Wooden Nickel Co., Jamilla Evelyn and CUNY'S Brooklyn College Alumni Affairs & Theatre Department, Ricardo and East 3rd Productions, Angelina Fiordellisi and Frank Nunez at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Crystal Field and Theatre For The New City, NY Playwrights Lab, Horse Trade Theater Group, Anthony LoPorto & the Bean Post Pub, Pierre Dulaine and the American Ballroom Theater Company, U.S. Family Health Plan at St. Vincent’s NYC, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Marc Reyes, P.F. Kluge, Erika Feldman & Theatre Row Theatres, John DiFusco, The Actor’s Studio, Eric & Ruth Nightengale, Frank Pierson, Tom Donnarumma and Iona College, Rich Stremme, Andrea Paciotto & Ellen Stewart, La MaMa, Israel & Gillian Horovitz, Oliver Horovitz, Anne P. Callendar, Cento Vini, Peter Pamela Rose, Corey A. Tavel, Esq., Smith Mazure Director Wilkins Young & Yagerman, P.C., James N. Zeris, Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva & Meyers, LLP., Rick Gallo at Gallo Vitucci Klar & Cogan, Joanna Jacobsen and the Jacobsen Family, Susan Rollins, Melissa Jillian Corona, Roberta Belolovich, Andrea Hoffman, Mark Seeley at Arts Meet Commerce, Eva Carrozza, Atlanta Amado Foresyth, and YOU our audience.

Extra Special Thanks to Our Continuing & Opening Night Sponsors

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