TEETH OF THE SONS concerns two brothers -- best friends as kids growing up in Brooklyn -- who find themselves at odds when one of them becomes a born-again Hassidic scholar and the other returns home in need of a place to stay with his pregnant girlfriend.
Barefoot Theatre Company - an Off-Broadway theater company now in its 12th season - presents the New York premiere of Joseph Sousa's play TEETH OF THE SONS at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre (38 Commerce Street) in Manhattan. Nicole Haran directs.
About TEETH OF THE SONS:
The last time Sam saw his brother Jake, they were cruising the streets of Brooklyn as one another's ultimate wing man, the inseparable young sons of a Greek father and Jewish mother. Now in Mr. Sousa's TEETH OF THE SONS, Sam returns to Brooklyn after a long absence and no family contact, in need of refuge for his pregnant girlfriend and himself. Upon his arrival, he is
startled to find the fun-loving Jake transformed into a born-again Hassidic scholar. The homecoming incites a clash of brotherhood, divided family loyalties, and a revelation that beyond a love for their ailing grandmother, perhaps all they really share is a past which at least one brother is desperately trying to bury.
TEETH OF THE SONS received its award-winning, critically-acclaimed world-premiere in Portland, Oregon at the Re-Theatre Instrument, earning the Portland theatre's Award for Outstanding Play in 2009.
The cast of TEETH OF THE SONS includes Will Allen and Joseph Sousa, along with Casandera M.J. Lollar and Shayna Padovano. Design and production team for TEETH OF THE SONS is Josh Iacovelli (set), Niluka Hotaling (lighting), Victoria Malvagno (costumes), Cory Bruce (original music), Francisco Solorzano (Sound Design).
TEETH OF THE SONS' Joseph Sousa has worked primarily as an actor, with credits including MOTHER COURAGE (Public Theatre), LEAR (Portland Center For Performing Arts), and RED LIGHT WINTER (New Workshop Theater).
Will Allen previously appeared in the Barefoot Theatre production of NEXT by Stephen Garcia. Other theater credits include: SUBURBIA, BURIAL AT THEBES, THE CRUCIBLE and BLOOD WEDDING. Film credits include: "Landing" and "The Landlady."
Shayna Padovano's credits include: her solo show, The F Factor (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Lola Got Bite (Gene Frankel) The Cherry Orchard, The Winter's Tale (Columbia Stages) Don Juan in Chicago (Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row). Casandera M.J. Lollar is a member of Retro Productions, where she has been seen in WOMEN AND WAR, HOLY DAYS, WHEN YA COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER? and THE TENDER TRAP. She was nominated for 2010 NY Innovative Theater Award.
Nicole Haran, Co-Artistic Director, Co-Founder of the Barefoot Theatre Company, holds a BA from Boston University and MFA from Brooklyn College. Some favorite plays she has directed include: ORPHANS, HOME FREE, THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH, CRIMES OF THE HEART, and INDIAN WANTS THE BRONX, presented last year at Marvin Kaye Playhouse. Nicole directed the new play, WEST ASHEVILLE by Tim Plaehn presented in February as part Barefoot's LA reading series and looks forward to bringing it to NYC for a full production next season. She also directed Israel Horovitz's UNEXPECTED TENDERNESS reading at the Cherry Lane Theatre as well as LONG HARD RAIN by Jason Furlani, also at the Cherry Lane.
Founded by a group of theatre artists interested in producing stimulating and thought-provoking theatre for the public, BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY has produced over 60 plays - both new and existing works - from BALM IN GILEAD and DOES A TIGER WEAR A NECKTIE? to the 35th anniversary production of Israel Horovitz's THE INDIAN WANTS THE BRONX and DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Francisco Solorzano's adaptation of the popular film. The production sold out its
engagement at Theater Row.
Last season, Barefoot presented the 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT, a yearlong, worldwide festival that featured 70 of Israel Horovitz's plays on the occasion of his 70th birthday, with productions of his works in presented in West Africa, Australia, Greece, France, Italy, Korea as well as nationwide as part of Barefoot's record breaking festival. Participating artists included Austin Pendleton, Annabella Sciorra, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bobby Cannavale, Lynn Cohen, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Sol Frieder, Jo Bonney, John Doman and company member Anna Chlumsky, just to name a few.
Earlier this season Barefoot produced the World-Premiere of Chiara Montalto's EMERGENCY USED CANDLES directed by Victoria Malvagno.