“If you were to put Ed Sullivan, Oscar Wilde and TEDTalks into a blender you’d get Artist Without Walls. The Showcase is a friendly environment for artists to share their work and start unique collaborations in a remarkably intimate setting. One of the most receptive and fun shows I’ve been a part of…” Ed Romanoff
An outstanding lineup of talent has been assembled for Monday night’s “Artists Without Walls Showcase at the Cell Theatre” in New York City. Erin Layton will be performing a scene from her one woman play, Magdalen, a play about finding one’s voice in the void. The void being the place where identity and beauty and language are stripped away. This void is what the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland were to the young girls and women who labored in the commercial workhouses operated by religious orders of nuns in Ireland from the 19th – 20th century. Erin’s Magdalen won the Best Documentary Script at the Fourth Annual United Sol0 Festival Awards Ceremony.
Guitarist Ann Klein has toured in Europe consistently for 10 years, played house concerts in the US and has written music for a number of documentaries. As a guitarist, Ann was a featured soloist with Ani DiFranco on several shows; she has had the honor of playing, writing and recording with Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osborne, Dana Fuchs, Darden Smith, PM Dawn, Randall Woolf & Maurice Sendak (for a ballet of “Where the Wild Things Are”), Keri Noble, Of Ann, Billboard magazine said, “.…a dynamo guitarist and writer.”
Joseph Goodrich is an award-winning playwright and the editor of Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950. His nonfiction appears frequently in Mystery Scene Magazine. On Monday night the masterful actor Jack O’Connell is going to read the opening pages of Joe’s short story “Ghost of Brooklyn Past”.
Jerry O’Sullivan has been widely hailed as America’s premier uilleann piper. He is also widely recorded on the tin whistle, the low whistle, the Highland Pipes and the Scottish smallpipes. Jerry will be performing with poet Connie Roberts, a County Offaly native.
Connie’s book-length manuscript, Not the Delft School, a collection of poetry inspired by her experiences growing up in an orphanage in the Irish Midlands, was awarded the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Award. Last May, Connie received the 2013 Poetry Collection Award at the Listowel Writers’ Week Festival. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University, New York. Also performing with Connie will be AWoW cofounder and singer Niamh Hyland who will be putting one of Connie’s poems to music.
John Mignault drew a lot as a kid, but a horrible experience with oil painting at the age of 13 and the lack of employment for artists led to the pursuit of a degree in comparative literature. “Not a field loaded with jobs,” John said. In 2006 intimations of something–very likely his own mortality–spurred him to get with it and he began drawing again. A rematch with oil painting commenced in 2012. As John said, “Oil painting is winning on points, and I continue Rocky-like anyway.” John will be sharing his work with us on Monday night.
Marion Stein is a New York based writer and blogger with an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence and an MSW from Hunter. Of her novel Loisaida, one reviewer wrote – “if this doesn’t become a cult classic something is wrong somewhere.” You can catch her awesome television recaps over at Happy Nice Time People and on Monday Marion will be sharing one of her stories.
Join us at The Cell, 338 W 23rd St., Monday at 7pm.