Barefoot Theatre Co. to Present Year Long THE 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT

NYC's Barefoot Theatre Company will present THE 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT, a worldwide celebration of the 70th birthday of internationally-acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz. The year-long event will include readings & productions of 70 Horovitz plays by theatres companies around the globe & will begin with a gala & a reading of Sins of the Mother (directed by Jo Bonney) at the Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street on Israel's birthday, March 31, 2009 & will continue throughout the following year, ending on March 31, 2010.

One of the world's most prolific contemporary playwrights, Israel Horovitz has written more than 70 plays which have been translated & performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. As producer of the event, Barefoot Theatre Company will present both readings & fully staged productions in NYC, as well as hosting both the opening & closing ceremonies. Events will feature drinks sponsored by Barefoot Wines & Bubbly as well as Live Music including, a brunch with Barefoot Ensemble & playwright Israel Horovitz. Scheduled is the fully staged NYC revival of Horovitz' most controversial play, The Widow's Blind Date, featuring Barefoot Artistic Director Francisco Solorzano & directed by Barefoot founding member Michael LoPorto.

Barefoot will collaborate with top actors & directors from stage, television & film, as well as theatre companies in New York City (including American Ballroom Theater Company, Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Marceau, Artistic Directors) & around the US. Also committed for readings and/or productions, are theatre companies in France, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece & Korea.

Israel Horovitz is the author of such award-winning plays as The Indian Wants the Bronx, which introduced Al Pacino & John Cazale in its 1968 NYC premiere; Line, which introduced Richard Dreyfuss (a revival of Line has been running for 36 consecutive years at Off-Broadway's 13th Street Repertory Theatre); The Primary English Class, which starred Diane Keaton in its NYC premiere; Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, which starred Jason Robards in its Broadway premiere;
Barefoot Theatre Company was founded in 1999 & has since produced over sixty plays including readings, workshops & fully staged productions. Barefoot most recently developed & mounted the stage adaptation of Sidney Lumet's 1975 Academy Award winning film, Dog Day Afternoon.



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