David, recently retired, mourning the loss of his young son, re-visits Mt. McKinley in Alaska, a mountain he summited at age 25. He’s not climbing this visit. Instead, he is guiding a group of Japanese honeymooners who hope to conceive a child under the spell of the Northern Lights. This powerful, passionate drama was originally written by Israel Horovitz 20 years ago for BBC Radio 4 (winner of The SONY Radio Academy Award). The radio script of Man in Snow was put on stage in Italy 3 years ago by director Andrea Paciotto. Inspired by Paciotto’s work, Horovitz re-visited and totally re-conceived Man in Snow for the stage. This new stage version makes its world premiere at Gloucester Stage in October, prior to its NYC premiere at La MaMa.
Running time: 80 minutes (no intermission)
Niluka Hotaling (Lighting Designer)
David Reiffel (Sound Designer)
Jenna McFarland Lord (Scenic Designer)
Chelsea Kerl (Costume Designer)
Julia Kent (Original Music)
Marsha Smith (Stage Manager)
Julia Fioravanti (Assistant Stage Manager)
Gary Ng (Photography for GSC production)
Playwright-director ISRAEL HOROVITZ’S 70+ plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. Best-known plays include Line (in its 45th year, off-Broadway, NYC’s longest-running play, ever), The Indian Wants The Bronx, The Primary English Class, The Widow’s Blind Date, Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, Lebensraum, My Old Lady, Unexpected Tenderness, and The Secret of Mme. Bonnard’s Bath. Recent plays include Sins of the Mother, What Strong Fences Make, Breaking Philip Glass, Man In Snow (written originally for BBC Radio 4, winner of Sony Radio Academy Award), Gloucester Blue, and Out Of The Mouths of Babes (opened June 7th at The Cherry Lane Theatre starring Estelle Parsons and Judith Ivey). Currently working on a new play The Day Before Yesterday. Screenplays include Author! Author!, The Strawberry Statement (Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival), Sunshine (European Academy Award – Best Screenplay), Security, New York, I Love You, James Dean (which introduced James Franco), 3 Weeks After Paradise (which Horovitz wrote, directed and starred. Played on Bravo Network and in film festivals worldwide). Mr. Horovitz recently wrote and directed his first feature film (at age 74) My Old Lady, which starred Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott-Thomas, based upon his stage-play. Horovitz’s memoires Un New-Yorkais a Paris were recently published in France, where he is the most-produced American playwright in French theatre history. Awards include OBIE (twice), Prix Italia, Sony Radio Academy Award, Writers Guild of Canada Best Screenwriter Award, Christopher Award, Drama Desk Award, Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and many others. Horovitz was recently decorated as Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest honor awarded to foreign artists. He is Founding Artistic Director of Gloucester Stage, and active Artistic Director of the New York Playwrights Lab, and is co-artistic director of Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto in Italy. NYC’s Barefoot Theatre celebrated Horovitz’s 70th birthday by organizing The 70/70 Horovitz Project, a year-long event with 70 Horovitz plays having had readings and/or productions by theatres around the globe.
In 1999, Barefoot Theatre Company was founded by a multicultural group of artists determined to produce vital, thought-provoking plays. Led by Actor, Francisco Solorzano, the BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY is now in its 18th season developing theater and film (via sister co. Barefoot Studio Pictures). Collaborations with award winning writers and actors include, Jose Rivera, Kristoffer Diaz, Mike Reiss, Lyle Kessler, Amina Henry, Adam Szymkowicz, Gina Gershon, Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Eisenberg, Annabella Sciorra, Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Anna Chlumksy, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lynn Cohen, Caitlin FitzGerald to name a few. Our work has been seen regionally as well as Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Rattlestick Theater, LAByrinth Theater Co., The Actors Studio, INTAR and many others. Select Theater credits include, the first stage adaptation of the film DOG DAY AFTERNOON, the NYC Revival of Joe Pintauro’s RAFT OF THE MEDUSA, and the 70/70 HOROVITZ PROJECT, a yearlong worldwide festival that featured 70 of Horovitz’s plays on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Our films have been screened around the world to critical acclaim, most notably at the Nashville Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, and Portobello Film Festival. Our most recent film, A NORTHERN STAR with Lynn Cohen premiered at Hollyshorts Film Festival this August. Currently developing a new play by Ben Snyder in collaboration with Hi-ARTS (formally Hip Hop Theater Festival) scheduled for an Off-Bway run in Spring 2017.
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“At 77, Israel Horovitz, still vital in his originality, has created in Man in Snow a piece that confronts our imagination, challenges our fears and complacencies and is, finally, immensely entertaining and heartwarming…an extraordinary, exquisite and poignant story of one man’s grief over the loss of his son” ~ Elizabeth Bove, Plays To See
“Man in Snow currently at La Mama’s First Floor Theatre is an exceptional work by the always intriguing Israel Horovitz…a masterwork that will resonate with you long afterward. It is an unequivocal must-see for the witticisms, the brilliance, and the humanity. I loved it! ” ~Carole Di Tosti, Blog Critics
“haunting and beautifully performed”
“BOTTOM LINE: Man in Snow presents a cunning cast ready to prove that when the world swirls in our heads, nature always can—and will—drive us back toward the ground.” ~ Lexi Orphanos, Theatre Is Easy