ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS PRESENTS: A NIGHT of SUPERIOR TALENTS, JULY 26th at THE CELL THEATRE

Great line up on tap for Tuesday’s Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre.

 

Walter Parks

Walter Parks

Over the past three decades, Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage. His original music is inspired by the swampy gospel blues that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in and around the southeast Georgia low country. We’re looking forward to Walter’s return to an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase. 

 

Playwright Derek Murphy and actors Karin de la Penha and Kimberly Kelly Adams will be making their Artists Without Walls’ debut when they present a scene from a new play Derek is currently writing, a dark comedy set in NY and Dublin, titled “Dyin’ For It.”

 

Derek Murphy, Kimberly Kelly Adams and Karin de la Penha

Derek Murphy, Kimberly Kelly Adams and Karin de la Penha

 

Jenna Nicholls

Jenna Nicholls

Would you like to hear a great singer who has performed all over the world and has toured and performed with artists such as Oscar winner Glen Hansard, Amanda Palmer,  Angela McClusky (Telepop), Rob Moose, Thomas Bartlett (BonIver /Doveman), Nouvelle Vague and many others? Then you’ll want to come and hear Jenna Nicholls on Tuesday evening. Jenna’s music has been featured in film and television. She’s toured and released two full albums: “Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes” and “The Blooming Hour” Her third release is scheduled for 2016.

 

Richard Deane

Richard Deane

Richard Deane’s last appearance on an Artists Without Walls’ stage featured an emotionally provocative reading of the opening scene from his novel in progress, “When Yesterday Comes.” His use of poignant atmospherics and straight to the heart exposition pulled the audience into the midst of the dramatic conflict between his vividly constructed characters. Richard’s unabashed exploration into an uncomfortable subject was both captivating and moving.

 

Annette Homann and Alexaner A. Wu

Annette Homann and Alexaner A. Wu

Pianist and arranger Alexander A. Wu and violinist and composer Annette Homann recently presented “Strings n Keys – Three Centuries of Global Music,” celebrating the popular collaborative tradition of piano and violin. Alexander and Annette will be performing a variety of musical styles from their show including works of  Ástor Piazzolla, Leonard Bernstein and more. 

 

Kathleen Bennett Bastis

Kathleen Bennett Bastis

Kathleen Bennett Bastis has written prose and poetry all her life and, as a former producer for talk radio, she wrote hundreds of short descriptive “rip and read” segments about neighborhoods, restaurants, product alerts or shopping experiences in the New York tri-state area. She’s had two observations published in The New York Times Metropolitan Diary, and last year she performed her piece on Cyber Dating at an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase.  Kathleen is also an accomplished artist whose work is inspired by the hue, shape and texture of salvaged materials she finds on the river, street and scrap yards. She reinterprets the history of these “found objects” by constructing them into a contemporary visual narrative.

 

The Cell Theatre is located at 338 W23rd St in Manhattan. The show will be hosted by Artists Without Walls’ artistic directors Niamh J. Hyland and Charles R. Hale. The doors and the bar open at 6:45. Presentations begin at 7:30. 

 

 

 

 

“THE LEVEL of PROFESSIONALISM was CAPTIVATING and INSPIRATIONAL” at AWoW’S SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

From Sam Edelman's story "Getting out of Show Business"

From Sam Edelman’s story “Getting Out of Show Business”

“I totally enjoyed the Showcase. The level of professionalism was captivating, and inspirational…the The Cell is an exceptional venue. Thank you for an enjoyable evening….I plan to be there again soon.” Maia Nero 

 

Sam Adelman opened the evening, reading a humorous piece from his upcoming book “Getting Out of Show Business,” offering an anecdotal account of getting stiffed for cash on an editing job, only to receive a world-famous photograph and a hand shake from Muhammed Ali. This picture was certainly worth a thousand words. A perfect opening to what became a grand evening. 

 

Charles R. Hale's "Jazz and the City"

Charles R. Hale’s “Jazz and the City”

 

Charles R. Hale, one of Artists Without Walls’ cofounders and a Resident Artist at The Cell Theatre, premiered his short film “Jazz and the City: The New York Connection.” The film is a companion piece to his show of the same name, which debuted at The Cell in April. From the best of times to the worst of times, songwriters have captured every corner of New York City through music. Weaving story, sidebars, images and the music of the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn and others, Charles’s film connects New York City through the songs of the composers and performers who lived in the city, through the venues in which the songs were popularized and through his own recollection of New York and song.  “Sharp film…and that voice…as usual, great tone and presence.” David Goldman

Almeria Campbell

Almeria Campbell

 

Actor/singer Almeria Campbell followed with a stirring performance combining her acting and singing skills. “Performing at AWoW was my first time singing (outside of voice lessons ) for an audience in quite some time. It was amazing. The audience, or I should say community, is so supportive.” Despite her concerns, Almeria’s voice was in very fine form, seamlessly incorporating two songs, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and “Maybe This Time” into her presentation.

 

Joel Cruz

Joel Cruz

Joel Cruz, the story teller, will make you cry…and then smile. He’s not just toying with emotions; His songs are borne from his personal story. They pull your heart in all directions the way life does.  He takes his time, as if he really wants you to listen and hear. Joel demonstrated  his vulnerable side, sharing his most inner thoughts, but the audience loved and appreciated his work. Additionally, it was a joy to see singer/songwriter Martina Fiserova and Joel perform together. They were clearly having a good time! The music was complex– lots of lyrics, yet catchy enough for listeners to sing along. We look forward to more unexpected surprises from Joel Cruz. 

 

 

Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly channeled his inner child with a funny monologue based on his boyhood desire to be a cowboy and ride the range with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. But it seems the audience was most impressed with Mark’s father, who stepped up, defended his son, and won the day…and the audience.

 

 

David Raleigh and Annette Homann

David Raleigh and Annette Homann

David Raleigh was joined by Annette Homann for a moving and evocative “Stormy Weather,” a pop standard built around a classic weather metaphor.  From the moment Annette’s bow struck her instrument, through the moment David sang, “Don’t know why, there’s no sun up in the sky…stormy weather…” through their last playful notes, the audience was held rapt. A beautiful duet.  David closed out the show with a brilliant medley, incorporating tunes by Al Green, Stevie Wonder, George Gershwin and one of David’s tunes,  “One Together.”  The perfect finishing touch to another sensational evening of diverse talents.

 

The next Artists Without Walls’s Showcase at The Cell, 338 West 23rd St, NY, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26. The doors and the bar open at 6:45. The performances begin at 7:30.  For more information: info@artistswithoutwalls.com

 

 

 

 

VERA HOAR’S PHOTOS from ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

Vera Hoar’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ June Showcase at The Cell Theatre. 

 

Sam Adelman

Sam Adelman

 

Almeria Campbell

Almeria Campbell

 

Charles R. Hale

Charles R. Hale

 

David Raleigh

David J. Raleigh

 

Peter Chance, Cecil Hooker and Niamh Hyland

Peter Chance, Cecil Hooker and Niamh Hyland

 

Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

 

Joel Cruz

Joel Cruz

FREE EVENT: ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ JUNE SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

Niamh Hyland

Niamh Hyland

Join Artists Without Walls’ artistic directors and cohosts, Niamh Hyland and Charles R. Hale for its June Showcase at The Cell Theatre, Tuesday, June 28th. The doors and the bar open at 6:45 and presentations begin at 7:30.  The Cell Theatre is located at 338 W23rd St. NYC.

 

 

David Raleigh

David Raleigh

Pianist/vocalist David J Raleigh was last scene at The Cell in April when he and his quartet performed in Charles R. Hale’s “Jazz and the City: The New York Connection.” David, whose heartfelt music crosses musical boundaries and transport listeners to a timeless era of music and passion, will be returning to The Cell Tuesday night, 6/28 to perform a few songs from the show. Lauded by Time Out Magazine as the ‘Nat King Cole’ for a new generation, David has the ‘old soul’ songwriting sensibilities of some of the greatest performers of our time.

 

 

Sam Adelman

Sam Adelman

Film editor Sam Adelman has worked on over 70 feature films and documentaries including “Easy Money,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Donnie Branco ” “Pollock,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Changing Lanes,” “Screen Door Jesus,” and the soon to be released “Hometown Hero” with Eric Roberts. Partially inspired by the recent passing of Muhammad Ali, Sam will be reading a piece from his coming-up-on-retirement project “Getting Out of Show Business.”

 

 

Almeria Campbell

Almeria Campbell

Making her debut appearance at an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase  will be actor/singer Yvonne Almeria Campbell. Almeria, from Tyler, TX is a Resident Artist at The Cell Theatre. She attended Texas Christian University ( receiving her B.F.A.) and then Rutgers University, Mason Gross school of the arts (receiving her M.F.A.). Her TV acting credits include “Law and Order,” “Person of Interest” and “Guiding Light.” Her theatre credits include the lead role of Nelly in “Hard Times” at The Cell, as well as Yolanda in “10 Minutes Deep,” also at The Cell.  Almeria will be performing a scene about love, loss and winning. You can check out her upcoming webisodes at almeriacampbell.com.

 

 

Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Come meet and hear Artists Without Wall’s charter member Mark Donnelly, who will be performing “Cowboy Time,” a short, humorous monologue based on his boyhood dream of becoming a cowboy. Mark is a playwright, poet and short story writer, who teaches English at St. Francis College and Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

 

 

 

Joel Cruz

Joel Cruz

Joel Cruz, a regular AWoW attendee, will be making his initial performance appearance at Tuesday’s Showcase. Joel is a saxophonist, artist instructor, and writer, who music incorporates all genres. His team is most important to him and each show features a different instrumentation and the use of different styles according to the team on-hand. Every event in his life goes into his writing. Every emotion in the stories goes into his performance. Every moment on stage goes his teaching.

 

 

Charles R. Hale

Charles R. Hale

Charles R. Hale, one of Artists Without Walls’ cofounders and a Resident Artist at The Cell Theatre, will be premiering his short film “Jazz and the City: The New York Connection,” at this Tuesday’s Showcase. The film is a companion piece to his show of the same name, which debuted at The Cell in April.

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From the best of times to the worst of times, songwriters have captured every corner of New York City through music. Weaving story, sidebars, images and the music of the Gershwins, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn and others, Charles connects New York City through the songs of the composers and performers who lived in the city, through the venues in which the songs were popularized and through his own recollection of New York and song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“THE VERY BEST IN MUSIC, THEATRE AND SPOKEN WORD” at ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ JUNE SHOWCASE at THE CELL

Niamh Hyland

Niamh Hyland

 

“A remarkable evening of front-line talent. Artists Without Walls encompasses the very best in music, theatre and spoken-word. Entertainment in a thoughtful, respectful atmosphere devoid of posturing and ego. Quite refreshing. Bravo!” writer Billy Barrett.

 

 

 

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia, a recent graduate of NYU, is a thinking young woman who melds song, dance, poetry, chant and humor in her work, and on Tuesday night she had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Allison transforms her scraps into art and it’s exciting to watch her perform. “A year or more ago, I’d read snippets from journal entries Allison had written—character sketches she committed to paper as she rode the subway between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Mark my words, she’s only coming into her own,” Poet Connie Roberts

 

 

John Moran and Rebecca Lowry

John Moran and Rebecca Lowry

 

 

John Moran, Rebecca Lowry and Courtney Torres followed, performing an excerpt from Brendan Connellan’s SAVAGE. Family issues come to a head and things get said that have long needed saying. The daughter, Torres, has only just told her father, Moran, that she is getting married and soon. Out of desperation, he calls the girl’s mother, his ex-wife, Lowry, who walked out on them when the daughter was just a baby and nobody has seen her or been in touch with her ever since.  She’s just arrived at the house….and from there we were subject to some wonderful performances from three fine actors.

 

Joe McGinty and Andrea Diaz

Joe McGinty and Andrea Diaz

Here’s what pianist Joe McGinty said about singer Andrea Diaz, “I’ve probably played piano for thousands of singers on my piano karaoke nights, but even after just one song, I knew there was something special about Andrea.”  And that’s how they met. 

 

We were thrilled to have Joe and Andrea join us on Tuesday night. The Duchess and The Fox, as they call themselves, is a throwback to an era of glamour with McGinty’s piano and Diaz’s voice combining to create highly sensual, piano cabaret music with a solid dose of New York nightlife flavor and grit. Great performance, including shouts of “Encore,” which Joe and Andrea willingly provided.  

 

Justin Phillips and Clarissa Hoffmann

Justin Phillips and Clarissa Hoffmann

What happens when a 19th century German immigrant meets a 21st century NYC casting director? Hilarity! Justin Phillips, a nineteenth century German immigrant farmer comes to America to pursue his dream of becoming a Broadway star. He meets a slick, twentieth century casting director played by Clarissa Hoffmann and all hell breaks loose.  

 

The short comedic theater piece “John,” written by Jodie Leidecker and performed by two first time Artists Without Walls’ performers was very well received by AWoW’s audience. Here’s what Clarissa wrote before the show, “I really loved the atmosphere at the April  Showcase and I think this piece “John” would be a great complement to the cultural and artistic mix of such an inspiring evening.” And that’s exactly what it was. We hope to see much more of Justin and Clarissa. 

 

Alexander A. Wu

Alexander A. Wu

Pianist Alexander A. Wu stepped up next and announced he was going to play some Gershwin.  And did he ever!  The first piece was a dazzling “Embraceable You,” which had been transcribed as a classical piece by Earl Wild.  

 

Not only did Alexander’s performance bring to life one of Gershwin’s earlier piano works, the aforementioned, “Embraceable You,” Alex also performed excerpts from one of the composer’s large scale works, “An American in Paris.” We’re excited to have Alex as our newest member and we hope that between his performances on the international stages with orchestras and chamber groups throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA it won’t keep him from performing at another Showcase in the near future.  

 

The evening was hosted and emceed by Artists Without Walls’ Artistic Directors Niamh Hyland and Charles R. Hale. Artists Without Walls next Showcase will be on Tuesday, June 28, 7:30pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St., NYC. 

 

Photos by Vera Hoar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VERA HOAR’S PHOTOS from ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ MAY SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE in NYC

Vera Hoar’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, May 24, 2016

Joe McGinty and Andrea Diaz

Joe McGinty and Andrea Diaz

Alexander A. Wu

Alexander A. Wu

Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia

Rebecca Lowry and John Moran

Rebecca Lowry and John Moran

Justin Phillips and Clarissa Hoffmann

Justin Phillips and Clarissa Hoffmann

Charles R. Hale

Marty Plevel

Charles R. Hale

Charles R. Hale

 

 

ALLISON SYLIVA, JOHN MORAN, REBECCA LOWRY and COURTNEY TORRES at ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

Allison Sylvia

Allison Sylvia

You can watch the artists perform, and meet them as well, at Artists Without Walls’ May Showcase at The Cell Theatre, this Tuesday, 5/24. The doors and bar open at 6:45. Presentations begin at 7:30.

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Here are a few of the artists who will be performing:

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Allison Sylvia is a poet/artist/dancer who has performed at a number of Artists Without Walls’ Showcases. Here’s what was said about Allison after her performance at “Permutations,” an AWoW/ Kathleen Bennett Bastis collaboration at Chelsea’s First Street Gallery last Spring: “Attention grabbing, fast paced, stay focused so you don’t miss a thought….Allison is not a rapper, but if Socrates were a rap artist you might think of Allison. Brilliant.”

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AWoW charter member Brendan Connellan, who has written and produced a number of shows that were premiered on 42nd Street, NYC in the past few years, will be presenting a scene from his play, “Savage.” Appearing in the scene will be:

 

Courtney Torres

Courtney Torres

 

 

Courtney Torres, who frequently works with independent theater companies such as Locked in the Attic Productions and Fengari Ensemble. She has participated in various showcases and festivals in the New York City and currently trains at Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab.

 

Rebecca Lowry

Rebecca Lowry

 

 

 

Rebecca Lowry, who last appeared on the New York stage in the mid-1990s, when she spent a decade traveling the country as a professional actress performing in everything from Shakespeare to Burlesque. She is currently an attorney and legal writing Professor at Saint John’s University as well as an economic analyst.

 

John Moran

John Moran

 

 

 

And..John Moran, long time fan and charter member of Artists Without Walls, fresh from filming Danni for “Take it to the Stage Productions” and “Age of Consent” in association with Rusty Ferris Wheel Productions and Artists Without Walls.

 

CLARISSA HOFFMANN and ALEXANDER A. WU at AWoW’s MAY SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

Clarissa Hoffmann

Clarissa Hoffmann

Two and a half years ago, actress Clarissa Hoffmann moved to NYC to study at the Stella Adler Studio. Since graduation she’s been involved in a feature film with Oscar nominated actresses Renee Taylor and Lainie Kazan, several theatre productions, a web series and a number of short films.

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You can meet Clarissa and watch her perform with Justin Phillips at Artists Without Walls Showcase at The Cell, Tuesday, 5/24  in a comedic “New York City, pursue you dream” piece: What happens when a 19th century German immigrant meets a 21st century NYC casting director?

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After her first experience at a recent AWoW Showcase, Clarissa said, “I love the concept of Artists Without Walls. The performers were so brilliant! I can’t wait to perform.”

 

Alexander A. Wu

Alexander A. Wu

Alexander A. Wu, AWoW’s newest member, is as comfortable performing the American Songbook as he is performing classical music. He has given numerous concerts, master classes and workshops on both coasts and he has recently performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, David Rubenstein Atrium, Spiegeltent Festival at Bard College and Meet the Artists at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

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Alex has also appeared on the international stage as both a soloist with orchestras, and a chamber player that includes St. Martin in the Fields Church (London) and Academia di Chigiana (Siena).

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Alex also recently joined the elite roster of Yamaha Performing Artists; from classical and jazz pianists Abbey Simon, Hank Jones, and Dr. John to pop artists Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys, and Norah Jones.

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The Cell Theatre is located at 338 W23rd St, NYC. The doors and bar open at 6:45 and the performances begin at 7:30.

 

AWoW’s SHOWCASE at THE CELL: PHOTOS by MITCH TRAPHAGEN

Mitch Traphagen’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, April 26, 2016.

Christopher Dean Sullivan

Christopher Dean Sullivan

Gina Costigan and Cav Eire

Gina Costigan and Cav Eire

Kazuki Kazuru

Kazuki Kazuru

Mala Waldron

Mala Waldron

Premix Russell Tubbs

Premik Russell Tubbs

Celeste Muniz

Celeste Muniz

John Ambrosini

John Ambrosini

Jean Huff

Jean Huff

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins

Richard Cashman

Richard Cashman

Michelle Macau

Michelle Macau

Patricia Schneider and Honor Molloy

Patricia Schneider and Honor Molloy

Kazuki Kazuru, Paul Roberson, Celeste Muniz and Al Foote III

Kazuki Kazuru, Paul Roberson, Celeste Muniz and Al Foote III

 

AN EXCITING and DIVERSE EVENING of ENTERTAINMENT: ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ APRIL SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

“Artists Without Walls has has gotten off to a fantastic start this year. I’m so very thankful for the artistic, cultural and social benefits I have reaped from this organization. Thanks, Charles and Niamh. Thanks everyone for your support.” Mark Donnelly

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Rick Ashman

Rick Cashman

We’ve got a great evening of diverse entertainment planned for Artists Without Walls’ April Showcase at The Cell Theatre, Tuesday, April 26. One of the group’s newest members, songwriter Rick Cashman, will be making his first AWoW appearance. Joining Rick will be jazz pianist John Ambrosini and saxophonist Premik Russell Tubbs, who has performed with Lady Gaga, Sting, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Rick is also the creator, writer and producer of a weekly comedy podcast called “The Hickory Bench Playhouse”  

 

 

Gina Costigan

Gina Costigan

 

 

Actress Gina Costigan will be performing a scene from Honor Molloy’s short play, “And in My Heart. ” The play is a young woman’s account of love and revolution during the 1916 Easter Rising, which is drawn from Honor’s Great Aunt Florence Kane’s eye witness account of the week when Ireland changed, changed utterly.

 

 

Mala Waldron

Mala Waldron

Mala Waldron, a New York City native, balances local performances with regular tours in Europe and Asia. Currently, the songstress is excited about her upcoming solo release, “Deep Resonance.” The project is an intimate, unplugged, personal glimpse into the heart of the artist, featuring her lush vocals and piano accompaniment. Mala’s recordings include her CD debut, “Lullaby,” a tribute to her godmother, Billie Holiday and a duo project with her father, pianist/composer Mal Waldron, “He’s My Father” and “Always There,” which, in addition to being her first U.S. release, was also licensed by Columbia Records (Japan) and voted one of the Top 20 Jazz CDs of 2006 by JazzUSA.

 

Jenai Huff

Jenai Huff

 

Jenai Huff, NYC based singer/songwriter composes songs that address life with its nuances, contradictions, and challenges. Working with acclaimed cinematographer and cameraman, Arthur Jafa (Selma, Crooklyn, Seven Songs for Malcolm, Beyonce, Lauren Hill), has put two of her songs to film, which she will be showing at Tuesday’s Showcase. One of the songs, “Just Like Me,” subtly addresses racism and how we really are all mostly a like. 

 

 

Jenai Huff

Michelle Macau

 

 

 

Michelle Macau will be presenting a reading of selected poems from “The Surrender Tree” by Margarita Engle about Cuba’s struggle for freedom, experimenting with percussive sounds to enhance the story. Joining Michelle will be Al Foote III, Celeste Muniz, Paul Roberson and Kabuki Kozuru.

 

 

 

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins

 

Storyteller Jim Hawkins will pay tribute to the men and women of 1916 Ireland, with passages from Sean O’Casey’s writings and the song, “The Foggy Dew.” Jim has spent decades telling stories, with a sly, folksy understated humor, like the seanchaís of old, whom Hawkins emulates. Jim tells the stories of nearly vanished Irish folkways to audiences far and wide, in public libraries, pubs, churches, universities, in Ireland and here in the United States. “I wish to be a vehicle that carries the history, culture and traditions of the Irish people, and to share the stories, songs and poetry of this great culture with the world. It will be my contribution to keeping this wonderful art-form alive and well.”

 

Artists Without Walls’ Artistic Directors Niamh Hyland and Charles R. Hale will be hosting and emceeing the event. The Cell Theatre is located at 338 W23rd. St., NYC. The doors and bar open at 6:45. The Showcase begins at 7:30. For more information about the event click here