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.