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Raft of the Medusa
Hope would never be silent
Benefiting Planned Parenthood specifically their work with Connected Health Solutions (Kenny Neal Shults, Principal Consultant) on creating digital video campaigns that informs their peers about PrEP, the ground-breaking drug that prevents HIV infection.
Barefoot Theatre Company’s revival of Raft of The Medusa is dedicated to the loving memory of longtime collaborator and Advisory Board Member, Joe Pintauro.
An explosive AIDS support group session, where the members discover the disease they share can divide as effectively as it conquers. The members of the group are a diverse lot, including homosexuals, heterosexuals, and bisexuals, conservatives and liberals, black, white and Hispanic, rich and poor.
Bobby Daniel Rodriguez
*Member of Actor’s Equity Association.
“The group dynamics are absolutely on target. This is an author who understands human beings on the deepest level: what a pleasure to be in his company. The acting is uniformly excellent. Pintauro’s Raft of the Medusa is an outstanding theater experience.” – Let’s Talk Off Off Broadway
The excitement of “RAFT” is that you never know where it will go. It achieves extraordinary highs and lows. Following it, I both laughed and cried several times. Several aspects resemble Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” which came after “Raft”, but Pintauro’s dramaturgy is less schematic and his writing more sensitive to human feeling in all its peaks and troughs. The issues become unusually gripping here because Pintauro’s stage world is persuasive. It is the finest AIDS drama I have seen. – ALISTAIR MACAULAY, THE TIMES, LONDON.
Pintauro preaches positivism but not dumb optimism, realism rather than fatalism: and he affirms and celebrates love amid the acerbic banter. It’s the detail in the performances and the witty, weepy impact of dialogue that triumphantly elevates Pintauro’s writing. – NICK CURTIS, THE EVENING STANDARD, LONDON. Jan 19, 1995.
‘The question of forgiveness is angled here even more uncomfortably than in “Angels in America,” Donald’s unforgiven ghost haunts the group session which Pintauro presents to us in all its heart-wrenching, recrimination ridden and blackly comical emotional messiness.” – PAUL TAYLOR, THE INDEPENDENT, LONDON.
Joe Pintauro was born in Ozone Park (New York) on November 22, 1930. After studying at Manhattan College, he earned a degree in American literature at Fordham University, then a degree in Philosophy at Saint Jeromes College (Ontario), after which he attended for four years the Faculty of Theology at Niagara University. From the beginning, his books of poetry are published by Harper & Row also in collaborations with artists such as Corita Kent and Norman Laliberte. Pintauro has also written short stories and novels: it must be remembered the quartet called Rainbow Box. He worked for eight years as an advertisement executive for the Young and Rubicam.
His three-act plays about the life of Italian-Americans in New York, named Cacciatore, was his first critical acclaim. Snow Orchid, his first long work, was later produced with Olympia Dukakis, Peter Boyle and Robert Lupone at Circle Rep. The work was brought to London with Jude Law and Paola di Ognisotti. His fondness for the one-act has given birth to many works as American Divine, staged in Chicago, and Moving Targets, staged at Vineyard Theatre in New York.
Among the works in two acts it has to be remembered Beside Herself played by William Hurt, Lois Smith, Calista Flockhart and Melissa Joan Hart; Raft of the Medusa, which was staged at the Minetta Lane and then at the Gate (Notting Hill), London (with the title Salvation). Men’s Life is an adaptation of the book by Mattheissen, work chosen for the inauguration of the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. The Dead Boy on faith and trauma suffered today by the Catholic clergy, was a laboratory work for the Royal Court in London under the direction of Stephen Daldry and again with Ian McKellen. Pintauro has directed this work in the German version in the Netherlands with the title Dode Jongen, with Anton Lutz. The work was presented in its final form in 2004 with Roy Scheider and Mercedes Ruehl.
The collection of his 40 one-act plays called Metropolitan Operas (brought on stage in New York by Dramatists Play Service) was then shown around the world in various languages: also to be remembered the transposition in the form of Commedia dell’Arte, in Venice with Carla Poli.
The trilogy By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea in collaboration with Terrence McNally and Lanford Wilson, was staged for The Bay Street Film Festival and later for The Manhattan Theatre Club. Heaven and Earth, a work on American rural life, is also produced by Bay Street and was directed by Jack Hofsiss.
Pintauro has also written the screenplay for Beautiful Dreamer, a film about the civil war and the only woman ever to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. http://joepintauro.net/
Barefoot Theatre Company is a NY/LA based ACTOR DRIVEN theatre company dedicated to collaboration between Actor, Director, and Playwright. In 1999, Barefoot Theatre Company was founded by a multicultural group of artists determined to produce vital, thought-provoking plays, both new and lesser-known existing works. BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY is now in its 18th season, developing theater and film (via sister co. BAREFOOT STUDIO PICTURES) in New York and LA. Founded by actor Francisco Solorzano, Producing Artistic Director since 1999. http://barefoottheatre.blogspot.com/ & http://facebook.com/barefoott