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Hi-ARTS proudly presents Barefoot Theatre Company's

bareNaked Reading Series

(no sets, no props, just words) featuring Live Music and free drinks

Our bareNaked Reading Series (no sets, no props, just words) is BACK and better than ever!!! The first round of 2016 plays will take place beginning May 23rd, presented by Hi-ARTS 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)! CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE for the most up to date information.

All readings will take place at El Barrio's Artspace PS109 (215 E. 99th Street, New York, NY 10029)

barenaked reading series 2016

Monday, May 23rd @ 7pm
THE NEW GIRL by Israel Horovitz (curtain riser; premiere)
directed by Joli Tribuzio
HELLMOUTH '89 by Mark Borkowski
directed by Francisco Solorzano

Wednesday, May 25th @ 7pm
WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU by Jan Rosenberg
Directed by Shira-Lee Shalit

Friday, May 27th @ 7pm
Directed by Paula Pizzi-Black

Monday, June 27th @ 7pm
BURNED by Amina Henry
Directed by Francisco Solorzano

Wednesday, June 29th @ 7pm
THE TERRORISTS by Micheline Auger
Directed by Shira-Lee Shalit

Tuesday, July 5th @ 7pm
MERCY by Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Scott Illingworth

All readings will feature LIVE MUSIC and FREE DRINKS; 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.


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 producing 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.

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