Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MEET SAWYER SPEILBERG (Who's Who in Extinction)

We are proud to be a part of this thrilling production at Guild Hall featuring a stellar cast.  Please take a moment to get to know our cast and get your tickets before they're all gone.  

TIX INFO: http://www.guildhall.org/events/?id=1071&mode=id


Meet our cast member, SAWYER SPIELBERG:


What's your role in this production?
 Actor.  I play Finn Buchanan. 

How did this role come to you?
I was taking the Lyle Kessler Master Class in New York City and my buddy Eric Svendsen brought this play to me. 

Tell us a little bit about your Character, Finn?  He's a good man stuck in a self destructive relationship with an old college pal. 

What's the most compelling moment about this story, without giving away any major plot points?
I have to say the moments of truth about Finn's relationship with Max that begin to prevail in this play are extremely fascinating. 

Do you remember the moment you knew you had to be a part of world of storytelling?
Story telling has been a part of my life since day one. It's in my blood. 

Do you have a favorite routine or style of preparation before rehearsals?  If so, care to share?  And does your preparation changed during performances?
I have a hot cup of coffee and get excited. Acting for me is like getting ready to go out on a Friday night to party!! 

Barefoot Theatre Company is dedicated to the collaborative process, to ensemble theater making in order to provide audiences with a compelling evening of theater.  In your words, why should audiences join us at John Drew Theater and witness Extinction?
The John Drew Theatre has never had such a raw and unforgiving play like extinction at their stage and I think its going to really shake up the east end theatre goers. Bringing something new and exciting to the stage that many will relate to is an evening I know you won't forget. 


Hometown
Los Angeles, California
When did you arrive in NYC?  And where do you call home now: Brooklyn, NY; Hollywood, CA; etc.
2010 I moved to New York. I call NY home. 
Favorite theater going experience.  
I really enjoyed Street Car Named Desire at the St. Ann's Warehouse last year with Ben Foster as Stanley. 

BIO:
Sawyer Spielberg (Finn) studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company. Sawyer played Peter Van Daan in Bay Street Theater’s 2013 production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK and Bay Street’s 2015 production OF MICE AND MEN playing Whit. Sawyer also performed in Guild Hall of East Hampton’s 2014 production of HAMLET playing Guildenstern and Francisco. Off Broadway Sawyer has performed at the East 4th St Theatre playing Micha in a production of the BELGRADE TRILOGY. He played Philip in a production of SAFE at the 14th St Y and Van in a production of CLOVER at La MaMa.

Guild Hall and Where Are They Going Theatre Group
in association with Barefoot Theatre Company
present EXTINCTION by Gabe McKinley

March 30 through April 16
Wednesdays – Sundays at 7pm
PLUS 2pm matinees on April 8 and April 15

Directed by Josh Gladstone
Starring Brynne Kraynak, Raye Levine, Sawyer Spielberg
and Eric Svendsen

Two college buddies’ annual outing of male-bonding and debauchery veers precipitously off course when unmet expectations spiral into a volatile showdown. A darkly funny drama exploring the evolution of friendships – and the lengths to which we go to save them from falling into extinction.

Please note that this play includes graphic language and mature subject matter.

General Admission $25 ($23 Guild Hall Members)
$15 Students under 18

Production Team:
Set Designer – Raye Levine
Lighting Designer – Sebastian Paczynski
Stage Manager – Tyler Winthrop
Producer – Sawyer Spielberg
PR – Leah Lane

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Director's Artistic Statement...

Please consider a contribution via Seed and Spark to become a part of our film.  Every little bit helps and allows us to cover Post Production costs.  A major portion of our proceeds will go towards the support of advertising and marketing to allow us access to audiences of all ages, in Nursing Homes, special needs schools and households with families in need.  Sincere thanks in advance for considering and spreading the good word on our film about age, youth, autism and ultimately hope.  To hear more about film and crowdfunding campaign please take a minute to view our video clip: 
http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/as-constant-as-the-northern-star#story

As Constant as the Northern Star SYNOPSIS:

A lost little boy. An old soul nursing old wounds. One life wanders into a nursing home and finds the other, a long-retired actress who enlists her fellow residents in a grand, kaleidoscopic symphony of sprawling Shakespearean performance, resulting in an explosive, life-affirming exchange of past and present joys ... the lasting effect of which will undoubtedly, for both, prove as bright and constant as the Northern Star.

DIRECTOR’S ARTISTIC STATEMENT
Oscar Wilde once wrote that he regarded “theatre as the greatest of all art forms,” and went on to further explain that it was the most “immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” I believe this sentiment also holds true for the cinematic arts, and so I set out to accomplish it with my film, a tale of magical realism set in a New York City nursing home.    

My story of Edna, a once highly skilled Shakespearean actress now abandoned by her family at a nursing home is a dark tale without any hope, until she meets a child, Mateo, who has mysteriously appeared in her room. It is only when Edna gives in to the child’s innocence that she is able to find herself again, out of the darkness, as the non-verbal child, clearly autistic, forms a bond with her, the elderly woman.   In my film, I explore what it means to be human, complicated and messy, yet pure and powerful, with the ability to move mountains and forever change one another. With the use of classical music, opera, Shakespeare’s own text, costumes from the Elizabethan era, puppetry, and dramatic lighting I intend to create for the audience a visceral, transformative, thrilling sensory experience.  

I’ve been committed to the art of storytelling since my early days as a child, and ever since my son Mateo was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), I’ve been compelled to make art that is deeply personal and accessible to a larger audience. My crew and I were part of a magical day on set, one that will forever stay with me as a filmmaker, an artist and a father. With the use of my screenplay and improvisation for the scenes involving Edna and Mateo, the two actors, one a theatre, film and television veteran and the other a first-timer, my son, a 7-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum, we witnessed the truth behind Wilde’s statement as the two souls formed a bond as if they were the only two souls left on earth. Mateo has very rarely, if ever, connected with another adult with as sharp a focus as he did that day with Lynn Cohen as Edna.  



I hope that "As Constant As The Northern Star" creates a platform by which we can provide a cinematic journey towards discussing premature institutionalization of senior citizens and the growing rate of wandering among the autistic community. It is when we find a greater sense of acceptance of and tolerance for those normally disregarded in our community that we can begin to work towards change, and how else but through the arts can we best come together to wholeheartedly share and understand one another's experiences? I'm sure the beautiful experience behind the scenes during pre-production, and on set, will translate onto the screen...

Monday, November 16, 2015

Director's Artistic Statement (As Constant as the Northern Star)

Please consider a contribution via Seed and Spark to become a part of our film.  Every little bit helps and allows us to cover Post Production costs.  Sincere thanks in advance for considering and spreading the good word on our film about age, youth, autism and ultimately hope: 
http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/as-constant-as-the-northern-star#story
As Constant as the Northern Star SYNOPSIS:

A lost little boy. An old soul nursing old wounds. One life wanders into a nursing home and finds the other, a long-retired actress who enlists her fellow residents in a grand, kaleidoscopic symphony of sprawling Shakespearean performance, resulting in an explosive, life-affirming exchange of past and present joys ... the lasting effect of which will undoubtedly, for both, prove as bright and constant as the Northern Star.

DIRECTOR’S ARTISTIC STATEMENT
Oscar Wilde once wrote that he regarded “theatre as the greatest of all art forms,” and went on to further explain that it was the most “immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” I believe this sentiment also holds true for the cinematic arts, and so I set out to accomplish it with my film, a tale of magical realism set in a New York City nursing home.    

My story of Edna, a once highly skilled Shakespearean actress now abandoned by her family at a nursing home is a dark tale without any hope, until she meets a child, Mateo, who has mysteriously appeared in her room. It is only when Edna gives in to the child’s innocence that she is able to find herself again, out of the darkness, as the non-verbal child, clearly autistic, forms a bond with her, the elderly woman.   In my film, I explore what it means to be human, complicated and messy, yet pure and powerful, with the ability to move mountains and forever change one another. With the use of classical music, opera, Shakespeare’s own text, costumes from the Elizabethan era, puppetry, and dramatic lighting I intend to create for the audience a visceral, transformative, thrilling sensory experience.  

I’ve been committed to the art of storytelling since my early days as a child, and ever since my son Mateo was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), I’ve been compelled to make art that is deeply personal and accessible to a larger audience. My crew and I were part of a magical day on set, one that will forever stay with me as a filmmaker, an artist and a father. With the use of my screenplay and improvisation for the scenes involving Edna and Mateo, the two actors, one a theatre, film and television veteran and the other a first-timer, my son, a 7-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum, we witnessed the truth behind Wilde’s statement as the two souls formed a bond as if they were the only two souls left on earth. Mateo has very rarely, if ever, connected with another adult with as sharp a focus as he did that day with Lynn Cohen as Edna.  


I hope that "As Constant As The Northern Star" creates a platform by which we can provide a cinematic journey towards discussing premature institutionalization of senior citizens and the growing rate of wandering among the autistic community. It is when we find a greater sense of acceptance of and tolerance for those normally disregarded in our community that we can begin to work towards change, and how else but through the arts can we best come together to wholeheartedly share and understand one another's experiences? I'm sure the beautiful experience behind the scenes during pre-production, and on set, will translate onto the screen...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Filmmaker, Francisco Solorzano


Barefoot Studio Pictures' latest short film, AS CONSTANT AS THE NORTHERN STAR written and directed by Francisco Solorzano (award winning director of Floating Sunflowers starring Emmy Nominated actress, Anna Chlumsky) is currently in Post-Production and needs a little support to make it past the finish line!!!  We are proud to have LAUNCHED our Crowdfunding Campaign via SEED&SPARK.  

Please consider a contribution of any size and become a part of the filmmaking process.  The film stars Lynn Cohen (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Sex and the City, Spielberg's Munich) along with the Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble.  To learn more about our film and crowdfunding campaign, please visit: 
http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/as-constant-as-the-northern-star#story

Your support means the world to us!  Thank you for taking the time to consider our collaboration.  

Here's a little more on our writer/director:

FRANCISCO SOLORZANO
Actor / Director / Filmmaker

Award winning filmmaker and Proud Member of the newly formed Directors Unit at The Actor's Studio led by Academy Award Winner, Estelle Parsons and acclaimed director, Daniel Talbott.  Member: Actor's Studio's PDU, Barefoot Theatre Company, Actor's Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. 


Francisco has led the Barefoot Theatre Company as Producing Artistic Director / Co-Founder for the past 17 years from Off-Off Broadway to become a critically acclaimed and award winning NYC and LA Ensemble.   Produced the Benefit ROCKAWAY, collaborating with Jesse Eisenberg, Gina Gershon, John Doman, Mickey Sumner, Arjun Gupta, Jose Rivera, Frank Pugliese, Jonathan Marc Sherman and many others at the Cherry Lane Theater.


Most notably onstage, Francisco adapted, directed and acted in the critically acclaimed/sold-out Off-Broadway world premiere of DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Theatre Row Theatres).  He is also known for his leading role in Israel Horovitz's two-act drama SINS OF THE MOTHER (alongside Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Bobby Cannavale, and Michael Stuhlbarg); the sold-out, critically acclaimed GLOUCESTER BLUE written & directed by Horovitz (Gloucester Stage Co., Cherry Lane).  Currently collaborating with Horovitz on a new play (Actor’s Studio, Gloucester Stage Co., Orlando Shakespeare Theater) set to premiere in NYC, 2016.   


FILM: Love Simple (HBO Latino Film Festival), Between Something & Nothing (Berlin Film Festival), with Barefoot Studio Pictures, THE GIRL WITH THE JACKET written and directed by Caitlin FitzGerald, award winning FLOATING SUNFLOWERS (also dir.) w/ Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen & Christopher Whalen.  Most recently wrote and directed AS CONSTANT AS THE NORTHERN STAR starring Lynn Cohen, Mateo Solorzano and the Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble (Post Production & Best Screenplay Semi-Finalist at Hollyshorts Film Festival). 


THEATER: Collaborated on award winning revivals, NY and World Premieres with some of the most prolific companies including: LABYRINTH THEATER COMPANY, RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER, FLORIDA STAGE, GLOUCESTER STAGE CO., ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATER, STELLA ADLER THEATER, THEATRE ROW THEATRES. 


BFA in Acting: CUNY'S Brooklyn College; Recipient of the Graduate Theater Organization of Brooklyn College, CUNY's Alumnus of the Year Award.  Additional Select Training: LAByrinth Theater Company; Advanced On-Camera Classes with Risa Bramon Garcia; Lyle Kessler's Acting Masterclass.

Friday, October 10, 2014

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https://www.facebook.com/FloatingSunflowers
#floatingsunflowers


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Director, Producer, Actor of Barefoot Studio Pictures' FLOATING SUNFLOWERS

Francisco Solorzano, Producer, Director, and lead actor behind the making of Floating Sunflowers will take part in Barefoot Theatre Company's upcoming Gala & Vassallo Awards celebration on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the SVA THEATRE in NYC. 

Barefoot Theatre Company members, Francisco Solorzano & Christopher Whalen formed the sister co., Barefoot Studio Pictures after producing theater in New York and LA for nearly 15 years.  Barefoot Studio Pictures' second film project, a short written and directed by Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters Of Sex, It's Complicated) is currently in post production and announcement of their upcoming collaboration/project will be announced at the Gala event on June 23rd.  Floating Sunflowers' co-producer, actor, Christopher Whalen will also be a part of the performances at SVA.

Audiences at the Gala and Awards Ceremony will get a chance to take part in a private screening of Barefoot Studio Pictures' debut short film project at a prominent NY & LA venue in the near future.  

To purchase tixs to the Gala & Awards Ceremony visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/720710 - further info below.

Visit Barefoot Studio Pictures' debut film project, Floating Sunflowers via FB & Twitter for further updates on screenings and more!  

Award winning, Floating Sunflowers features Barefoot Theatre Company ensemble member, Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen, Roderick Nash, Francisco Solorzano and Christopher Whalen.  




Monday, April 14, 2014

GOLD REMI AWARD (World Premiere)


CONGRATULATIONS to our entire cast, crew and ALL who helped make our project come to life via our indiegogo.com fundraiser. We're so proud to be GOLD REMI Award Winners for Best Comedy Short at our very first, World Premiere Film Festival at WORLD-FEST HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.  Barefoot Studio Pictures co-founders, Executive Producers and Creative Team, Francisco Solorzano and Christopher Whalen attended the festival this past weekend in Houston, Texas and was thrilled by the love and support given to the debut film project.

UPCOMING FESTIVALS: 
Nashville Film Festival, Friday, April 18th @ 6pm
Newport Beach Film Festival, Saturday, April 26th @ 3:45pm
FLOATING SUNFLOWERS
Sometimes life inspires art, and sometimes...art inspires life.
FLOATING SUNFLOWERS tells the story of June (Anna Chlumsky), a still-life painter, and Henry (Francisco Solorzano), a fiction author, each caught in an emotional winter of their own. Unable to tap into their creative spirit, all seems lost for Henry and June, when a simple twist of fate exposes each of them to the symbols of each other's dilemma. The epiphany causes the creative sparks to fly, as -through only the contact of their creative unconscious- they inspire each other to once again, embrace life.
Produced by Barefoot Studio Pictures
Directed by Francisco Solorzano
Screenplay by Jason Furlani
Starring Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen, Audrey Esparza, Roderick Boyd Nash, Christopher Whalen and Francisco Solorzano
Executive Produced by Barefoot Studio Pictures, Stephanie Elam, Danelle Eliav, Jason Furlani
Consultant, LA Publicity, Lauren Avinoam

FRANCISCO SOLORZANO (DIRECTOR / HENRY)
Originally from Far Rockaway, NY, and born to parents of Puerto Rican and El Salvadoran descent, Francisco has produced, directed, acted, and led the Barefoot Theatre Company as Producing Artistic Director / Co-Founder for the past 15 years from Off-Off Broadway to become a critically acclaimed and award winning NYC and LA Ensemble. Most notably onstage, Francisco adapted, directed and acted in the critically acclaimed/sold-out Off-Broadway world premiere of DOG DAY AFTERNOON (Theatre Row Theatres). Francisco has also been known for his leading role in Israel Horovitz's two-act drama SINS OF THE MOTHER (alongside Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Bobby Cannavale, and Michael Stuhlbarg). Most recently, acted in and co-produced two short films with Barefoot Studio Pictures, THE GIRL WITH THE JACKET written and directed by Caitlin FitzGerald and FLOATING SUNFLOWERS (also dir.) w/ Anna Chlumsky, Lynn Cohen & Christopher Whalen. Collaborated on award winning revivals, NY and World Premieres with some of the most prolific companies including: LABYRINTH THEATER COMPANY, RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER, FLORIDA STAGE, GLOUCESTER STAGE CO., ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATER, STELLA ADLER THEATER, THEATRE ROW THEATRES. BFA in Acting: CUNY'S Brooklyn College; Recipient of the Graduate Theater Organization of Brooklyn College, CUNY's Alumnus of the Year Award. Currently splits his time between his home in Brooklyn, New York and Hollywood, CA.
ANNA CHLUMSKY (JUNE) 
Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member, Anna Chlumsky became a household name when she starred alongside Macaulay Culkin as Vada Sultenfuss in the 1991 film, My Girl. Since then, she has continued making a name for herself in film, on television and on stage. In television, Chlumsky can be currently seen in the Emmy© nominated HBO Comedy, “Veep” as Amy, chief of staff to Vice President of the United States (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). The comedy series is a spin-off of The Thick of It and is written by Armando Iannucci. Other notable TV credits include: “Hannibal”, "White Collar" (Recurring role), "Covert Affairs", "The Quinn-Tuplets" (CBS Pilot), "House Rules" (CBS pilot), "Cupid", "30 Rock", "Law & Order", "Eight Days a Week" (CW pilot), "Twelve Men of Christmas" and "3 Weeks 3 Kids." Chlumsky will soon star as Sabrina in Bert and Arie’s Guide to Friendship. The film is directed and written by Jeff Kaplan and set for a release later this year. Anna will also be seen in SAM, a John A. Gallagher film, alongside fellow actors Chris Klein and James Lafferty. The film, currently in pre-production is about a New York City male who is magically transformed into a beautiful girl, falls in love with his best friend (Chlumsky) and learns what it is to be a woman. Chlumsky's other notable film credits include: In The Loop; The Good Guy; Blood Car; My Girl 2; Gold Diggers; the Glamour Reel Short, and Wait. New York stage credits include: 3C, Love, Loss, and What I Wore(Westside Theatre); So Help Me God (Mint Theatre Company);Unconditional (LAByrinth Theater Company); The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (DR2); Darwin in Malibu (Bay Street Theatre); The Butcherhouse Chronicles (Summer Play Festival); Balm in Gilead (Barefoot Theatre Company - Member); Half Life (Flea Theater/Fringe Festival); Iphigeneia at Aulis (TimeSpace Productions); Measure for Measure (Astoria Performing Arts Center); No Alarms: Headfullofradio (Veritas Productions); and The Trojan Women (Veritas Productions).