Mitch Traphagen’s photos from the Artists Without Walls’ November Showcase at The Cell Theatre in NYC.
Mitch Traphagen’s photos from the Artists Without Walls’ November Showcase at The Cell Theatre in NYC.
We’ve assembled a wonderful lineup of music, theatre and readings for our November Showcase, tonight, Tuesday, at The Cell Theatre in New York City. Take a look:
Tom Myles, an Artists Without Walls’ charter member and one of AWoW’s biggest supporters from day one, has religiously attended members event, month after month, and will be presenting for the first time, a short presentation, “Pat Myles, an Inspiration and A Challenge,” based on the life of his son. “The memories of my son continue to inspire me to goodness and put a smile on my face,” said Tom. “The story of my son may do the same for you.”
Renata Hinrichs, is an Obie award and Cannes Film Festival award winning actress, dancer, playwright and producer. Her TV appearances include roles on The Blacklist, Law & Order:SVU and Deadbeat. She is currently performing her solo play, Random Acts, in Vermont in January, 2017, as part of a Martin Luther King, Jr celebration.
Eamon Loingsigh (Ay-man Lynch) Is a published author of three books and a collection of poems. His most recent book, published by Three Rooms Press in October 2016, is called Exile on Bridge Street, which is a historical novel about Brooklyn-Irish families in a neighborhood once called Irishtown. Taking place during the World War I, Easter Rising-era, Exile on Bridge Street has received many excellent reviews and is currently a top seller in both Ireland and England.
Tokyo born composer Miho Hazama is one of New York’s most astounding young talents. Lauded in Downbeat as one of “25 for the Future”, Miho is quickly establishing herself as a force of nature on the world’s stage. As the 2015 recipient of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize, Miho is no stranger to the jazz spotlight, and is consistently producing music of the highest order with musicians of a commensurate ilk. Miho’s music obscures the boundaries of genre and form, painting a magical landscape for the performers to create and the audiences to get lost in. Her riveting performances have been before packed audiences at venues such as the Jazz Standard, Blue Note NYC and Tokyo, the Jazz Gallery, and Symphony Space.
Originally from Brazil, Gui Augusutine lived previously in Miami where he worked on Spanish TV shows for Nickelodeon and Telemundo, many short films, was part of Miami Microtheater and was also featured in the A&E show The Glades. Since moving to NYC 3 years ago, he’s graduated from the Tom Todoroff Conservatory, got his SAG card and has been working on creating his own work.
Gui will be performing with his wife, Christina Jolie Breza, a New York actor who has been on the stage since a very young age. She’s performed as Sister Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Sylvia in Sylvia and Marina in Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Christina and Gui will be performing a scene about chance, love and stars.
Dina Regine is making her second appearance at an AWoW Showcase. Her first appearance was one of last year’s highlights. Here’s what they are saying about her: “Vintage-fueled Ride” Aquarian Weekly, “A little bit of blues, a little bit of country, and a whole lotta gritty soul” Twangville, “Original, compelling songs, showcasing Regine’s top-notch songwriting skills,” Blogcritics, “Cooly-ferocious gal,” American Songwriter. and ‘Gotta Tell You’ on Steven Van Zandt’s Top 20 Coolest Songs of 2015.
The Cell Theatre is located at 338 W23rd St, NYC. The doors and bar open at 6:45. The presentations begin at 7:30. Niamh Hyland and Charles Hale are the evening’s hosts and emcees. This is a free event.
Mitch Traphagen’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell Theatre in New York City.
Join Artists Without Walls and hosts Charles R. Hale and Niamh J. Hyland for its October Showcase at The Cell Theatre. We’ve got a great lineup:
Erin Layton is an award winning performer/playwright whose one woman play, “Magdalen” has received critical acclaim in venues off-broadway, in several play festivals and invited engagements across the New York tri-state and California, and recently in the UK at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness, Scotland where she was also an artist in residence last May. Erin received a commission from the Center for Faith and Work earlier this year to write “The Immigrants,” a two person play exploring her ancestors roots with slavery as poor Irish laborers to the English in the 17th century to slaveowners in Perryville, MO in the 19th century to modern day Ferguson, MO in the days following the shooting death of Michael Brown. She will present the first public excerpt/reading of “The Immigrants” to a NYC audience this evening.
Greg Harrington is one of Ireland’s most recognized violinists. He has performed all over the world as soloist in some of the worlds greatest concerts halls and has given numerous performances in Carnegie Hall. He has played with esteemed orchestras and conductors, for many Presidents and Vice Presidents (most recently numerous performances for the President & Secretary Clinton), celebrities, heads of state, on TV and radio across 4 continents. He has recorded numerous discs and had the honor of performing the US national anthem for the televised NBA playoffs for the Hawks, Lakers and Nets. Greg will be joined on cello my Jay Tilton. Jay has performed under some of the world’s leading conductors and has shared stages with many great musicians ranging from Brian McKnight and Quincy Jones to Josh Groban.
Tracy Island is an electric duo from Brooklyn that plays progressive retro-pop: songs with form and sophisticated lyrics that push boundaries, and music which draws inspiration from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.For over sixteen years Liza & Ian Roure’s musical collaborations mixingNew York City lo-fi new wave, West Coast jangle-psychedelia, and the “poppier” side of British folk rock have been heard worldwide, also under band names Liza & the WonderWheels, The Larch and Dada Paradox. The first Tracy Island album WAR NO MORE was released November 2015 and features nine songs written by Liza with Liza & Ian playing all the instruments, and was lauded as a Best 50 album of 2015 by New York Music Daily.
Kate McLeod is a reporter covering the auto industry. She writes for The New York Daily News, a syndicate called MotorMatters and her blog GirlDriver, USA. She is also the author of Beetlemania: The Car That Captured the Hearts of Millions. Follow her on Twitter @girldriverusa. Kate earned an MFA in acting from Catholic University ages ago and has written 17 plays. She is currently working on a musical with composer Rob Hartmann. Renata Hinrichs, Jack O’Connell and David King will be performing Kate’s short play “Leaving Gowanus.”
Terry McCarthy’s latest album does indeed prove to be quite charming with its winning blend of delicately pretty folksy harmony and quietly moving introspection. McCarthy’s hoarsely affecting voice and thoughtful songwriting make for a strong and involving double whammy as he explores the ups and downs of human relationships with admirable tact, honesty, and intelligence. In addition, the arrangements keeps things tuneful and occasionally stirring throughout, with especially nice crystal clear guitar riffs and subdued, yet steady drums. Terry will be playing a few tunes off his new album.
Gary Ryan studied Civil War History and Philosophy in Oxford Mississippi and Philosophical Theology in Cambridge Massachusetts. He’s lived in a Vanderbilt mansion, a townhouse built by Charles Bulfinch, and a brownstone built by Clement Clarke Moore. He’s worked for the Associated Press, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and at the UN…oh, and The Strand Bookstore. He once had a 17 course meal in a driving rain in Tuscany, and the best Dead cover band he ever heard was in Dushanbe Tajikistan. The best interview he ever did was in the middle of a glacial lake in the Pamir Mountains with an international delegation focused on water security. Too bad he got zero audio because the mic was unplugged. Expect an interesting story from Gary.
The Cell is located at 338 W23rd St, NY. The bar and doors open at 6:45 and the performances begin at 7:30.
Thank you to New York Irish Arts and Michael Fitzpatrick for a glowing review of Artists Without Walls’ “New York City: A Shining Mosaic,” in this week’s “New York Irish Arts.” Click here to read the review
Congratulations to the show’s creator and narrator Charles R Hale, musical director Niamh Hyland, director Julie Kline and the performers, Laura Neese, Walter Parks, Elsa Nilsson, Eleanor Dubinsky, John Duddy, Jack O’Connell, Mala Waldron and Yuri Juarez. And a big thank you to Origin Theatre Company and George Heslin for including us in this year’s festival.
Mitch Traphagen’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ presentation of “New York City: A Shining Mosaic,” at Pier A, Harbor House in New York City, part of Origin Theatre Company’s 1st Irish Fest.
Tom Myles is an Artists Without Walls’ charter member and one of it biggest supporters. Here are Tom’s thoughts about his journey yesterday to New York City’s Pier A Harbor House where he attended AWoW’s show, “New York City: The Shining Mosaic.”
I love New York.
Last evening, my sister and I traveled from Long Island to the Battery in New York City. We took the subway from Long Island City, taking advantage of half-price fare for seniors. Riding the subway is quintessential New York, the packed subway car being a virtual United Nations.
In the short time we were riding the train we experienced three acts of kindness: My sister was offered a seat by a young gentleman, another passenger after overhearing our conversation volunteered directions, and later a woman with a baby kindly maneuvered the stroller to offer me a seat.
Arriving at Bowling Green at 7PM the sun was setting on the harbor. The cool evening air was invigorating. In the plaza was an interesting sculpture installation, “Cool Globes.” We walked a short distance to Pier A Harbor House, a restaurant that sits on a pier jutting into New York Harbor. The views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty are spectacular.
We came to the city for Artists Without Walls’ show, “New York City: A Shining Mosaic” part of “1st Irish” Theatre Festival. The show, created by Charles R. Hale, was a celebration of the ethnic diversity of New York. There were performers from Peru, Ireland, Sweden, Argentina and the city…including Brooklyn and Staten Island! Not only were many countries represented, many artistries were as well. Dance, music, song, acting, video, and storytelling brought to the stage the experiences of immigrant New York life. The finale, “Lady Liberty” brought together all the performers and the appreciative audience into one shining mosaic in New York City.
On the way home we were on a high. Our spirits were lifted by seeing good friends, making new acquaintances, the kindness of others, being part of a great performance, and the experience of being in the greatest city in the world.
Photos by Vinnie Nauheimer and Mitch Traphagen
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 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.
As 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.
“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.
“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
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?
Singer/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!
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.
The 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.
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.
Zhana 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 Theatre, August 23, 2016.