Thursday, August 6, 2015

NY1 Online: Criminal Justice Advocates Discuss Clemency in New York State

Kathryn joined a discussion round about Clemency in New York State hold by Inside City Hall, Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 12:10 AM EDT

Watch here at ny1.com

NY1 VIDEO: Errol Louis discussed clemency in New York state, and Governor Cuomo’s role in giving pardons, with Sheila Rule of the Think Outside the Cell Foundation; Allen Roskoff from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club; actor and activist Kathryn Erbe and Evie Litwok from the Equality Justice Project.


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Kathryn supports Prisoner Clemency Projects for over 10 years. Here you can see photos of a "Candles for Clemency" event outside of Gov. Cuomo's home at September 6th, 2014.







Read more about the topic here:
Protestors Call on Cuomo to Reconsider Clemency at Candlelight Vigil VID Was Well Represented at the Clemency Vigil On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

Monday, July 27, 2015

Barefoot Theatre Company Celebrates 2015 Vassallo Awards with Spring Gala

and Kathryn celebrated with them.



BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY
proudly presents the 2nd annual VASSALLO AWARDS
hosted by VH1's Ellie Lee

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 / New York City
AMERICAN BALLROOM THEATER
25 West 31st Street, 4th Floor

RED-CARPET CELEBRATION
VIP COCKTAIL HOUR - 7:15pm / CURTAIN - 8pm
Running Time (presentation & awards ceremony) - 75mins
$25 in advance / $35 at the door

LIVE PERFORMANCES, MUSIC, DRINKS, BALLROOM DANCING & MORE!

featuring the short play WAITING FOR WAITING FOR GODOTby Mike Reiss (Emmy Winner, The Simpsons); directed by Francisco Solorzano

starring Jerry Adler, Allison Anderegg, Jeremy Brena, Charles Everett, Daniel K. Isaac, Kenneth King, Margaret Ladd, Michael Pantozzi, Maia Sage and Jennie West

With Special Guest Speakers from Film, Television and Broadway!

VASSALLO AWARDS
This year we're thrilled to honor Anna Chlumsky (Outstanding Achievement In The Arts), Kamilah Forbes for her work with Hi-ARTS (Educational Outreach Program), Daniel Talbott (Mentorship Award) and 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for Best Drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis (Outstanding Achievement In Playwriting).

Edie Nugent, Press Officer
Francisco Solorzano, Producer


by BWW News Desk at BroadwayWorld
 
Barefoot Theatre Company celebrated the 2015 Vassallo Awards with a Spring Gala at the American Ballroom Theater in Manhattan. The ceremony, hosted by VH1's Ellie Lee, honored artistic achievement as well as mentorship and educational outreach to the younger generation of artists in memory of Ed Vassallo. Vassallo's career spanned 20 years and included work producing for the LAByrinth Theatre Company and volunteering with the 52nd Street Project.
Actress Anna Chlumsky (VEEP) was unable to attend due to family obligations, but sent a video message accepting the 2015 Vassallo Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. She thanked Barefoot Theatre Company for "taking a chance" on her when she relaunched her acting career in 2005.
Actress Liza Colón-Zayas presented Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (Riverside and Crazy) with the 2015 Vassallo Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. Guirgis spoke of how Vassallo inspired him and other artists to get out there and create art, rather than just talking about it.
Playwright Lucy Thurber presented Daniel Talbott of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with the 2015 Vassallo Award for mentorship. Talbott said: "when I think of mentorship, I think of family."
Barefoot also saluted Kamilah Forbes of Hi-Arts with the Educational Outreach Program Award which her colleague Tiffany Vega was on hand to accept.
The Gala also included a performance of "Waiting for Waiting For Godot" by Mike Reiss, Emmy and Peabody award-winning writer for The Simpsons. Directed by Barefoot Theatre Company founder and Artistic Director Francisco Solorzano, the short play stars Jerry Adler (Larry David's Fish in the Dark), and Margaret Ladd (Falcon Crest) along with Barefoot Theatre company members Maia Sage, Jennie West, Daniel K. Isaac, Jeremy Brena, and Kenneth King.
Barefoot founded the awards after Vassallo lost a two-year battle with cancer in 2014. The company was inspired to recognize Vassallo's dedication to the arts, which included work producing the TENN99 and NYNY festivals for the LAByrinth Theatre Company as well as feature films which saw release at the Tribeca Film Festival and IFC/Sundance Selects. Vassallo's passion extended to work as a mentor with the 52nd Street Project, which pairs New York City children and teens from with professional theatre artists. For this reason, the awards acknowledge not only artistic achievements but also educational outreach and mentorship that engages the next generation of artists.

The Vassallo Awards were sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery, American Ballroom Theater & Barefoot Studio Pictures.





Photos found at the Facebook of the Barefoot Theatre Company.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AFGHANISTAN, ZIMBABWE, AMERICA, KUWAIT to Host Panel tonight


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions have announced that the The Reverend Micah Bucey will moderate a post-show panel discussion following the performance of the world premiere play Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, on Tuesday, June 16, at The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street. The panelists will include Greg Grandin, Morgan Jenness, and Michael Ratner.

The panel will consider how we as Americans distance ourselves from war while we are simultaneously involved in ongoing wars, and the ways in which the media and social media shape our access, consciousness, disassociation, and accountability. The panelists bring a range of unique perspectives - legal, historical, journalistic, and artistic - to the question of American imperialism and engagement in foreign affairs.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

4 reviews to ‘Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait’

The distinguished actress Kathryn Erbe with her tremendous dignity and her commanding presence is very moving as one of the soldier’s mothers.  As the recurring Serbian Woman, Jelena Stupljanin very effectively brings depth and focus to this role that is a cypher.
Read them all here:
  • Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait posted by Darryl Reilly at Theater Scene
  • ‘Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait’ review: Doomed soldiers in the not-so-distant future posted by Joe Dziemianowicz at NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
  • Hallucinations abound in heavy-handed ‘Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli at NY Post
  • Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait - Soldiers and sand dominate Daniel Talbott's dystopian drama. by Zachary Stewart at Theater Mania

Friday, June 12, 2015

Opening Night of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait

Oh yeah, with so many great photos of the red carpet and from the stage. 

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions presents Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, at The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street. The production is scheduled to run through Saturday, June 27.
Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait takes place in the not-so-distant future; two American soldiers wait at a worn-down outpost in the desert. Hot and bright. Hallucinatory hot. The world has been ravaged by war, its natural resources stripped, and it is no longer clear if there is an enemy left to fight or anything left to fight for. They wait. For orders, provisions, a sign of life. For rescue. Even for death.
The cast of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait is Kathryn Erbe ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Ode to Joy),Brian Miskell (The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Hill Town Plays), Seth Numrich ("Turn," Golden Boy, War Horse, Slipping), Chris Stack (Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra, Hill Town Plays, "One Life to Live"), Jimi Stanton, andJelena Stupljanin (Circus Columbia).




picture source:
BroadwayWorld - Walter McBride

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait: Theater review by Jenna Scherer


The militants in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait don't see combat, or even a single enemy; instead, they're trapped alone in a wasteland, with all their demons in attendance. It's Waiting for Godot by way of Heart of Darkness as two American soldiers sweat it out at a remote desert outpost while the rest of the globe is in the grips of a catastrophic world war. Smith (Numrich, charismatic and terrifying) is all manic energy and sudden rages, while Leadem (Miskell) is tense and withdrawn, visited by visions of a ravaged woman (the haunting Jelena Stupljanin).

You can feel the heat and the panic in Daniel Talbott's hallucinatory production, which has the rhythm and texture of a nightmare. Talbott breaks his story into vignettes to evoke time passing and water supply dwindling, punctuated by John Zalewski's electric-misfire sound design. Like the grains of sand on the floor of the stage that audience members must walk through to get to their seats, this one will stick with you for a while.—Jenna Scherer

Gym at Judson (Off Broadway). Written and directed by Daniel Talbott. With Seth Numrich, Brian Miskell. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Beautiful new Interview

BoradwayWorld.com published a wonderful and long interview with Kathryn this week. Enjoy!
 
 Kathryn and Seth Numrich in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait

BWW Interviews: Kathryn Erbe, Star of Stage & Screen