Stripped Festival Will Play NYC's Cherry Lane Theatre; Casting Announced

News   Stripped Festival Will Play NYC's Cherry Lane Theatre; Casting Announced
Off-Broadway's Barefoot Theatre Company in partnership with East 3rd Productions will present the nine-week Stripped festival, featuring works about "sex, murder, revenge… and sex," beginning Oct. 6 at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre.

The festival, running through Dec. 3, will kick off with Joe Pintauro's Raft of the Medusa, Oct. 6-22. First presented in 1991, the play, according to press notes, "draw[s] on the Theodore Gericault 19th century painting of people clinging to a raft following a shipwreck." Raft of the Medusa takes place ten years into the AIDS epidemic, centering on a weekly gathering of people living with AIDS. Opening night is set for Oct. 8.

Directed by Francisco Solorzano, Raft of the Medusa features Jeremy Brena, John Gazzale, Charles Everett, Samantha Fontana, Mark G. Cisneros, Gil Ron, Maia Sage, Christopher Whalen, Michael Pierre Louis, Gillian Rougier and Andrew MacLarty.

Verse Chorus Verse, written by Randal Colburn and directed by Ricardo Riethmuller, will receive its NY premiere Oct. 28, prior to its official opening Oct. 29. The play, running through Nov. 12, is set 20 years after the death of Kurt Cobain – the rock musician who wrote the song of the same name for the popular band Nirvana. Verse Chorus Verse "follows Polly, the haunted subject of the Nirvana song, as she seeks out the young rock star who wants to prove Cobain's death was a murder."

Casting for Verse Chorus Verse is not yet announced.

Gloucester Blue, a new play by writer Israel Horovitz, who will also direct, will be given a workshop production beginning Nov. 17, prior to an official opening Nov. 19. The play, running through Dec. 3, is "a black comedy about a man who returns home after a long absence and encounters all manner of infidelities and murders." Featured in the cast of Gloucester Blue are Francisco Solorzano, Therese Plaehn and Christopher Whalen.

Also at Stripped, a workshop production of F**king Vigwan by Kristoffer Diaz will be presented, along with talkbacks with playwrights, directors and cast.

Now in its 13th season, Barefoot Theatre Company's recent productions Off-Broadway include the premieres of Emergency Used Candles, 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 year-long worldwide festival that featured 70 of Horovitz's plays on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

East 3rd Productions' theatrical works include Zack Calhoon's The Weird Sisters, Nilo Cruz's A Bicycle Country, 70/70 Horovitz Project, and the Enter Playwright Theater Festival. The company has also produced the short film "Tapeworm," recipient of the best short film award at Gotham Screen International Film Festival.

The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. Tickets to all three plays are $18 and $15 for students/seniors. Pay-what-you-can nights are Oct. 11, Nov. 2 and Nov. 23. For tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit

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