JULIE KLINE to DIRECT ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ “NEW YORK CITY: A SHINING MOSAIC”

Artists Without Walls is pleased to announce that Julie Kline will be directing our presentation, “New York City: A Shining, Mosaic,” as part of Origin Theatre’s 1stIrish Fest on September 27, 7:30pm at Pier A, Harbor House, NYC.

 

Julie Kline

Julie Kline

Julie is a Brooklyn-based actor, director, writer, and producer of new works for the theater. As a director, Julie developed and directed Erin Layton’s MAGDALEN (Lyth Arts Centre, Scotland; Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015), Melissa Ritz’s BOMBSHELL OF RHYTHM (Soho Playhouse), Elizabeth Hess’ SPOILED (Stage Left), Kristen Palmer’s THE STRAY DOG (Rising Phoenix Rep) and Jamie Cowperthwait’s HUNTINGTON (Judson Memorial Church).  

 

Julie also conceived and directed SENIORS AND THE CITY in collaboration with oral historian Liza Zapol – a series of original theater works performed by Manhattan seniors based on their life-stories, supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She also devised the latest incarnation of this special brand of senior center – ACTING OUT! – in residency at Stanley Isaacs Senior Center with Roots&Branches Theater in association with the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department of the Aging, and the Distracted Globe Foundation.

 

2016ArtistsWW600As an actor, Julie has appeared in new works with Rising Phoenix Rep, 3Legged Dog, Ensemble Studio Theater, the DC and NYC Fringe Festivals, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, the Japan Society, and Steppenwolf Theater. Julie is a former literary manager at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, an Artistic Associate of Rising Phoenix Repertory, and an Artistic Associate for Roots&Branches Theater, where she leads inter-generational theater performances and workshops across New York City. Julie received a BFA in Acting from The Theater School, DePaul University in Chicago. 

 

ORIGINS_1st-Irish_2016-768x906“New York City: The Shining Mosaic” will be presented at Pier A, Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, New York City, September 27, 7:30pm. For further information click here: For tickets, which are $15 with a small origination fee click here. If tickets are available the night of the show they will be $20 at the door. 

 

 

“SOARING SPIRIT” at ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

AWoW August 2016 Showcase

“Performing at Artists Without Walls is a deep privilege and a pleasure. To appear as part of a lineup of such talented artists is simultaneously thrilling and humbling. I always leave AWoW with a soaring spirit, full of gratitude for the gifts of my fellow artists, and newly energized and encouraged in my own work. Mille Grazie to Charles Hale and Niamh Hyland for creating this warm, welcoming community.” Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, poet/author

 

AWoW August 2016 Showcase

 

A witty and humorous beginning to the evening as Giovanni Villari, Janine Hegarty, and Paul Eisemann entered the stage to perform a scene from David Loughlin’s play, “Millennial Discourse.” Soon, ripples of laughter were coming from the audience as David’s comedic look at contemporary relationships began to unwind. Commitment-phobe Emma (Janine) feels as if she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place when her cat-loving work-partner, Anthony, (Giovanni) asks her to marry him. And when the grouchy, eaves-dropping Old Guy (Paul) tells her his tale of commitment-phobe woe, she’s left to contemplate the possibility of moving to Alaska and spending the rest of her life with Anthony.  Is this what she wants?  Whoever thought an afternoon ride on the New Jersey Transit could tell us so much about how we think and feel?

 

 

610_5643-082316awow-2Singer/songwriter Janet Burgan brought three of her newest songs to the Showcase. With her Guild guitar glinting in the lights, she sang about love…all aspects of love. In “Snow Moon,” she told the story of a love that “freezes my soul in endless gloom.” She followed that with a song only a few weeks old, “So Why Am I Crying?,” a funny, in your face song about the end of a relationship. She closed her performance with a screening of her music video, “Seize The Day,” the first single from her new album, Nothing But Love Songs, which you can view by clicking here.  High energy, precise and talented, Burgan is the real deal. Go see her the first Tuesday of the month at Bar Chord, 1008 Cortelyou Street in Brooklyn at 9:30PM. Click here for Janet’s complete performance schedule.  Don’t miss her!

 

Artists Without Walls August 2016 Showcase, August 23, 2016 at the Cell Theatre New York. Anana Kaye, Artists Without Wall Showcase at The Cell Theatre, Charles R. Hale, David Loughlin, Deni Bonet, Eliana Gonzalez, Irakli Gabriel, Janet Burgan, Mary Tierney, Sedly Bloomfield, Zhana Rioya.

 

Eliana Gonzalez captivated the audience with a touching rendition of the song “She Used to be Mine”, by Sara Bareilles. Her sensitivity and grace shone through her performance. The joy was palpable during “Andar Conmigo”, the song we all tried to sing along to in Spanish. Martin Fuks, acclaimed producer and composer, skillfully accompanied this singer and actress with a flawless domain of the acoustic guitar. These two Argentinian-born performers are, no doubt, a perfect blend.

 

 

AWoW August 2016 ShowcaseThe cast from Peter Welch’s Autumn Stage performed an excerpt from scene two of the first act, and was enthusiastically received by the audience.  The playwright and actors Mary Tierney and Larry Fleischman received dozens of compliments about the work afterward. A number of Artists Without Walls’ folks immediately bought tickets to see the show, which will premiere in two weeks, running from September 4th to September 11th at Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. 

 

 

 

AWoW August 2016 Showcase

 

Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel were joined at the end of the evening by the world renowned violin virtuoso Deni Bonet and captivated the audience with passionate original compositions – a beautiful ballad “Broken”, funky rocker ” Ain’t Dead Yet” and a particularly poignant “American Smile”, the last two co-written with the acclaimed songwriter Freddie Stevenson. Anana and Irakli, who are originally from Republic of Georgia, are not only first rate songwriters and performers, they are also talented photographers and videographers. They recently released a beautifully crafted an EP “Sentient,” which contains five original songs and is accompanied by music videos which they directed, filmed and edited themselves. You can click here to see them

 

610_5671-082316awowZhana Roiya,….is one of the newest additions to Artists Without Walls. When actor Sedly Bloomfield asked her to be part of an emotional excerpt from the the Play “Fences” by August Wilson, she jumped at the chance, an opportunity to home her skill in a more intimate setting. This exerpt of the play, takes us on a journey of betrayal, trust and lust, taking the audience on an emotional roller coaster of torment, pain agony defeat and surrender. The passion felt by these two dynamic actors was riveting, an electric clash of two titans….each expressing themselves in ways that left the audience wanting to see more. 

 

Artists Without Walls next event will be a performance as part of Origin Theatre Company’s 1stIrish Fest, called “New York City: A Shining Mosaic.” The performance will take place at Pier A, Harbor House, Battery Place in Manhattan. For further info click here.  For tickets, which are $15 in advance with a small convenience fee, click here

 

Photos by Mitch Traphagen

MITCH TRAPHAGEN’S PHOTOS from ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ AUGUST SHOWCASE at THE CELL

Mitch Traphagen’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ August Showcase at The Cell Theatre, August 23, 2016.

We told you AWoW events were fun: Janine Hegarty and Giovanni Villari

We told you AWoW events were fun: Janine Hegarty and Giovanni Villari

Gripping performance: Zhana Rioya and Sedly Bloomfield

Gripping performance: Zhana Rioya and Sedly Bloomfield

"America Smile"...beautifully message and performance: Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel

“America Smile”…beautiful message and performance: Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel

D...E...N...I...!!!

D…E…N…I…!!!

Everything about this is perfect! Larry Fleischman, Peter Welch and Mary Tierney

Everything about this is perfect! Larry Fleischman, Peter Welch and Mary Tierney

Talented beauty and groupie: Janet Burgan and Charles R. Hale

Talented beauty Janet Burgan and groupie

Tom Myles: AWoW supporter non-pareil

Tom Myles: AWoW supporter non-pareil

Exquisite: Martin Fuks and Eliana Gonzalez Scannell

Exquisite: Martin Fuks and Eliana Gonzalez Scannell

Talent Galore

Talent Galore

 

 

 

 

JOIN ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS at its AUGUST SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE in NYC

Eliana Gonzalez

Eliana Gonzalez

Join Artists Without Walls’ for its August Showcase at The Cell Theatre, Tuesday, Aug 23rd. We’ve got an outstanding lineup planned for the event:

 

Argentine-born friends and collaborators, Eliana González and Martin Fuks will be joining musical forces on the evening of Artists Without Walls’ August Showcase at the Cell Theatre.  Eliana is an internationally-acclaimed singer and actress and Martin is a multi-awarded producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, both based in New York City.

 

 

Sadly Bloomfield and Zhana Roiya

Sadly Bloomfield and Zhana Roiya

Sedly Bloomfield and Zhana Roiya will be performing a dramatic excerpt from “Fences” by August Wilson.A veteran stage and screen actor Sedly will soon be seen on Netflicks new episodic “Luke Cage” and “The Get Down,” directed by Baz Luhrmann.  Zhana is currently transitioning from music to acting. She has recently worked with legendary vocalist Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes and currently she is auditioning and working in Independent film projects, one of which, “Girl on a Ledge” will be released later this year.

 

 

Irakli Gabriel and Anana Kaye

Irakli Gabriel and Anana Kaye

Anana Kaye, a native of the Republic of Georgia, started performing in the US in the spring of 2014 and quickly earned accolades from listeners and fellow musicians for her soulful, husky voice and heartfelt delivery of songs. Irakli Gabriel, sometimes also referred to as “Dr. Duende”, has been a presence on NYC music scene for the last decade. He has played and recorded in several bands, most recently as a member of acclaimed singer-songwriter Freddie Stevenson’s project “Midnight Crisis”, with whom he has also co-written over a dozen songs. Anana and Irakli will be performing a few tunes along with AWoW fav, fiddler Deni Bonet.

 

 

Janet Burgan

Janet Burgan

 

 

Janet Burgan, an Americana singer/songwriter based in NYC, recently released “Nothing But Love Songs” on Fierce & Willful Records on July 5th, songs that were all written this past winter. She’ll be singing songs from this release and then showing the music video for the first single from the CD, “Seize The Day.”

 

 

 

Mary Tierney

Mary Tierney

 

 

Once again Mary Tierney and Larry Fleischman come to AWoW to display their “mercurial charm and acting skills.” Join us and watch Mary and Larry preview a scene from “Autumn Stage” by Peter Welch.

 

 

 

David Loughlin

David Loughlin

 

 

 

 

 

David Loughlin, a playwright, a screenwriter, an actor and a story-teller, whose short plays have been produced from New York to California, will present a scene from his play “Millennial Discoure,” a comedy about communication, lack of communication, commitment-phobes, billionaires, Siberian tigers, the conflicts between generations and more.

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The Cell is located at 338 W23rd Street, NYC. The doors and the bar open at 6:45 and the performances begin at 7:30. Charles R. Hale will emcee the event. 

ARTIST WITHOUT WALLS in ORIGIN THEATRE’s 1stIRISH FEST at PIER A in NYC

2016ArtistsWW600Artists Without Walls, as part of Origin Theatre’s 1stIrish Fest, is proud to present “New York City: A Shining Mosaic,” a show that will celebrate America’s immigrants at the point of their arrival…in full view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Pier A Harbor House, which looks out on the New York Harbor, will be the site of an evening of music, theatre and dance, and the memory of our ancestors who built the bridges and tunnels, paved and swept the sidewalks and streets….and stayed. Tuesday, September 27, 7.30pm

 

NYC Shining Mosaic Montage

Written by Charles R. Hale and directed by Julie Kline and musical director Niamh Hyland, the show’s performers include vocalist/Niamh, guitarist/vocalist Walter Parks, cellist/vocalist Eleanor Dubinsky, flutist Elsa Nilsson, pianist/vocalist Mala Waldron, dancer Laura Neese, guitarist Yuri Juarez and actors John Duddy and Jack O’Connell.

 

ORIGINS_1st-Irish_2016-768x906Tickets are $20 at the door but they are $15, plus a convenience fee, if you buy them in advance. Click here for more info and tickets or here to go directly to ticket purchases

 

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EMOTION PACKED EVENING at ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS’ SHOWCASE at THE CELL THEATRE

“Artists Without Walls creates the space—literally and figuratively—for artists of all stripes to be their best selves, to push boundaries, to experiment, to collaborate in a safe, nurturing environment.” That’s what Connie Roberts, poet and author of “Little Witness” has said about an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase.  Connie’s words provide a perfect description for Tuesday’s Showcase, which was one of the finest and most emotion packed Showcases in the last few years. 

 

Kathleen Bennett Bastis

Kathleen Bennett Bastis

Kathleen Bennett Bastis started the evening with her reading “Man in the Desert” a touching, funny story about how heart break lead her to a spontaneous trip to Burning Man where she found a renewed strength and determination. Who knew that eight days in the desert without a shower could be so cathartic!

 

 

Jenna Nichols

Jenna Nichols

Jenna Nicholls delighted the audience with her voice, singing songs that felt like they were torn from the pages of a 1920’s American Songbook. Songs including “Take Me Out Tonight” and “Back to You” reminded us of a forgotten era…

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Kelly Adams, Derek Murphy and Karin de la Penha

Kimberly Kelly Adams, Derek Murphy and Karin de la Penha

Karin de la Penha and Kimberly Adams were wickedly funny in a hysterical scene from Dublin born playwright Derek Murphy’s new play “Dyin’ For It.” The audience were certainly dying for more of Murphy’s very dark, extremely funny, look at what happens when a very unloved loved-one returns home to die, and potentially ruining Christmas. The writing and the acting were razor sharp. Murphy definitely takes no prisoners with his writing, and his actors thrive because of it.

 

Alexander A. Wu and Annette Homann

Alexander A. Wu and Annette Homann

Annette Homann and Alexander Wu recently began collaborating after meeting at an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase. The duo started with Gershwin’s virtuosic “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” Their performance of Piazzolla’s Tango “Milonga de Angel” can best be described as stunning, erotic and breathtaking. Their last piece, Bernstein’s “America” got the audience off their seats. 

 

Walter Parks and Annette Homann

Walter Parks and Annette Homann

Here’s what singer Judy Collins said about Walter Parks, “Walter is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing….Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere.” How true, as we once again experienced Walter’s lofty talents, performing songs he wrote “Comin’ Home Holler,”  “So Bad, So Good,” and “Butta.” He then asked Annette Homann to join him in “Angel’s Point of View.”  What followed was a special moment–exquisite music filled with tension and emotion from two incredible artists.  Standing ovations and many hugs followed, particularly for Annette, who announced she will be returning to her native land, Germany,  in the very near future.  A wonderful evening of artistic expression, good feelings and friendship. 

 

The next Artists Without Walls’ Showcase will be at The Cell Theatre on August 23. Doors and bar open at 6:45. The performances begin at 7:30.

 

All photos by Vera Hoar. 

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

Vera Hoar’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre, July 26, 2016

Paul Bevan and Walter Parks

Paul Bevan and Walter Parks

Annette Homann and Michelle Macau

Annette Homann and Michelle Macau

Kimberly Kelly Adams, Derek Murphy and Karin de la Penha

Kimberly Kelly Adams, Derek Murphy and Karin de la Penha

Kathleen Bennett Bastis

Kathleen Bennett Bastis

Richard Deane

Richard Deane

Jenna Nichols

Jenna Nichols

Walter Parks

Walter Parks

Alexander A. Wu and Annette Homann

Alexander A. Wu and Annette Homann

Closing shot: Joe McElligott, Connie Roberts, Tom Myles,  Marty Plevel, Niamh Hyland, Kathleen Bennett Bastis, Charles R. Hale, Annette Homann and Walter Parks

Closing shot: Joe McElligott, Connie Roberts, Tom Myles, Marty Plevel, Niamh Hyland, Kathleen Bennett Bastis, Charles R. Hale, Annette Homann and Walter Parks

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