Cherry Lane Studio Theatre Presents EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS, Opening 4/29

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Lynn Cohen is set to headline the cast of the world-premiere of Rivka Bekerman-Greenberg's EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS, presented Off-Broadway by Barefoot Theatre Company with previews that began April 20 prior to an official press opening of Sunday, April 29 at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre (38 Commerce Street) in Manhattan. Ronald Cohen will direct.

EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS is Rivka Bekerman-Greenberg's "haunting play about three generations of women in one family and their struggles with coming to terms with the aftermath of the Holocaust. Shaina Eberkohn, a 25 year-old medical student, searches for clues about her family's lost history. Her mother, who is paralyzed by her own demons, adamantly opposes Shaina's obsession. And Shaina's grandmother, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz, refuses to help. All three women are caught in a spider's web comprised of vague memories, distant emotions and nightmarish dreams. As they struggle to make sense of it all, they uncover a harrowing secret that unlocks their mysterious past."

Joining Ms. Cohen in the cast of EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS will be Stephanie Roth Haberle, Aidan Koehler, Mike Shapiro and Christopher Whalen.

The design team for EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS is Niluka Hotaling (set design), Eric Nightengale (lighting design), Victoria Malvagno (costume design), Adam Stone (sound design), Adam Dalton (graphic design), and Michael Denis (production stage manager).

Francisco Solorzano is Producing Artistic Director and Nicole Haran is Co-Artistic Director of Barefoot Theatre Company. Judy Keller is Casting Director and Associate Producer.

Lynn Cohen is probably best known for her role as Magda in HBO's "Sex and the City," other film and TV roles have ranged from Golda Meir in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and Maman in Louis Malle's "Vanya on 42nd Street." Ms. Cohen's stage credits include: Tina Howe's CHASING MANET (with Jane Alexander), HAMLET (with Kevin Kline), MACBETH (with Live Schreiber), ORPHEUS DESCENDING (with Vanessa Redgrave), and Israel Horovitz's NEW SHORTS with Barefoot Theatre Company. She has also trod the boards in many of the country's leading regional theatres. Recent productions include THREE SISTERS in the new Sarah Ruhl translation directed by John Doyle and Beckett's Happy Days. Ms. Cohen is a Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member.
Stephanie Roth Haberle's Broadway credits include: ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE (Drama Desk nom.) and LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES. Her Off-Broadway credits include: Off-Broadway: TITUS ANDRONICUS, CYMBELINE (Public), ORANGE, HAT AND GRACE (Soho Rep.), AN ORESTEIA (CSC), CHAIR (TFANA), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Shakespeare's Globe & Victory Theatre), THE CHERRY ORCHARD (BAM), UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY (2nd Stage).

Aidian Koehler is a proud member of the Barefoot Theatre Company, Aidan has worked with the company as Evvie in SECOND VIOLIN at Theatre for the New City and Boston Theatre Marathon; in SCROOGE AND MARLEY at the Kraine; and more. She is also the Barefoot Outreach Director and looks forward to this year's collaboration with our NYC community. Other credits include: LEBENSRAUM, WHAT SHALL I GIVE MY CHILDREN?, OUR TOWN and more.

Mike Shapiro's NY credits include CAMELOT by Jeffrey M. Jones, A FOREIGN PLAY by Anne Washburn, NIGHTINGALE CABARET by Rebecca Joy Fletcher. His film and TV roles include on THE GOOD SHEPARD, LATE NIGHT WITH Conan O'Brien, UNDER ONE ROOF.

Christopher Whalen was most recently seen in the revised edition of Joe Pintauro's RAFT OF THE MEDUSA and Kristoffer Diaz's F**KING VIGWAN (OR SWAG) at the Cherry Lane Theatre; GLOUCESTER BLUE (Cherry Lane Theatre) and SINS OF THE MOTHER written and directed by Israel Horovitz (Gloucester Stage Company), etc.

Dr. Rivka Bekerman-Greenberg was born in an Italian refugee camp after the Second World War, and grew up in Tel-Aviv. Both of her parents were survivors of the Holocaust. Recently Bekerman-Greenberg produced and directed "I am carrying the Holocaust in my pocket," a documentary focusing on interviews conducted with four granddaughters of survivors. Bekerman-Greenberg is also a clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst, practicing privately in Manhattan. A graduate of the NYU post-doctoral training program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, she currently serves on the faculty of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and leads frequent workshops and therapy groups concentrating on the treatment of the transmission of trauma between generations.

Ronald Cohen has worked as a director in New York, St. Louis and Kansas City on productions ranging from Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and Edward Albee's AMERICAN DREAM/DEATH OF Bessie Smith to Neil Simon's PLAZA SUITE and Alan Ayckbourn's ABSENT FRIENDS. Acting credits include Tom Stoppard's ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE, HENRY IV, THE RECRUITING OFFICER with New York Classical Theatre, Martin Sherman's MESSIAH with Workshop Theatre Company, TWELFTH NIGHT with Kings County Shakespeare Company, etc.

Now in its 13th season, BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY earlier this season collaborated with Academy Award nominee Jose Rivera, Pulitzer Prize nominee Kristoffer Diaz and Emmy award-winner Mike Reiss during their bareNaked LA Reading Series in Los Angeles, CA; and presented the STRIPPED FESTIVAL with plays by Joe Pintuaro, Israel Horovitz, Kristoffer Diaz and Randall Colburn at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. Other recent productions Off-Broadway include TEETH OF THE SONS, a stage adaptation of the film DOG DAY AFTERNOON, the 35th anniversary of Israel Horovitz's THE INDIAN WANTS THE BRONX, as well as the 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT, a yearlong worldwide festival that feature 70 of Horovitz's plays on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Scheduled through May 19, EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS will perform Wednesdays through Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm. with the following exceptions: add performance Tuesday, May 15 at 7 pm. Tickets are $35; $25 for students/seniors (with valid ID), and can be purchased by calling 212-352-3101 or online at www.barefoottheatrecompany.org.

For more information on EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS or Barefoot Theatre Company, please visit www.barefoottheatrecompany.org.

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