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.