Sunday, February 08, 2009

Barefoot Theatre Company Unveils 12-Month 70/70 Horovitz Project

Courtesy of publicist Penny M. Landau:

The 70/70 Horovitz Project
A Worldwide 70th Birthday Celebration of Israel Horovitz

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 and productions of 70 Horovitz plays by theatres companies around the globe and will begin with a gala and 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 and 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 and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. As producer of the event, Barefoot Theatre Company will present both readings and fully staged productions in NYC, as well as hosting both the opening and closing ceremonies. Events will feature drinks sponsored by Barefoot Wines and Bubbly as well as Live Music including, a brunch with Barefoot Ensemble and 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 and directed by Barefoot founding member Michael LoPorto.

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

Israel Horovitz is the author of such award-winning plays as The Indian Wants the Bronx, which introduced Al Pacino and 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 and has since produced over sixty plays including readings, workshops and fully staged productions. Barefoot most recently developed and mounted the stage adaptation of Sidney Lumet's 1975 Academy Award winning film, Dog Day Afternoon.

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