Lynn Cohen and Jake Robards 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 beginning April 20 prior to an official press opening of Friday, April 27 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 and Mr. Robards in the cast of EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS will be Stephanie Roth Haberle, Aidan Koehler 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 Matthew Lutz (production stage manager).
Francisco Solorzano (producing artistic director) & Nicole Haran (co-artistic director) for Barefoot Theatre Company.
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.
Jake Robards was last seen on Broadway in OUR TOWN with Paul Newman. Off-Broadway credits include: ANCESTRAL VOICES with Pete Gurney and Marian Seldes; AT WAR: PLAYWRIGHTS RESPONSE TO THE IRAQ WAR with David Straithairn (45 Bleecker); NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM (Workshop Theater); SPEAKEASY with Josh Lucas and Kathleen Chalfant (Joe's Pub); BEAUTIFUL SOULS (Beckett); etc.
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.
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.
EAVESDROPPING ON DREAMS will perform Wednesdays through Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 2pm. 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.