There’s another reason why you’ll want to attend Artists Without Walls’ January 28 show “Crossing Boroughs,” where you’ll not only experience an afternoon of wonderful entertainment, but for the price of the show, which is only $15, you’ll have access to all the exhibits in the museum.

If you haven’t been to the Museum of the City of New York you’re in for a treat. It’s in a wonderful building, located on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park and the New York exhibits are always excellent. There are a number of exhibitions that will be on display in late January. One that might catch your attention is “Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip.” 


“The world of fashion was turned on its head in the 1960s, as its traditions were challenged, rejected, and reimagined for the restless next generation. Beginning with the introduction of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as a new American style icon and evolving over the course of the decade, fashions of the 1960s were legendary for their energy, their ingenuity, and their enduring appeal.”

Featuring more than 70 garments drawn primarily from the Museum’s Costume Collection, the exhibition traces the dramatic transformation in clothing between 1960 and 1973.”

Join us for a great day in January! The weather is going to be better–it can’t get worse–there are no football games on that Sunday and the show is sure to lift your spirits.

For tix and info CLICK HERE


Artists Without Walls is pleased to announce that it will once again have a show in Origin Theatre’s First Irish Theatre Festival titled “Crossing Boroughs.”

The show will be performed at the Museum of the City of New York, January 28, 3pm.

“Crossing Boroughs” was written by Charles R. Hale and stars Niamh Hyland along with Maya Kronfeld, Jonathan Matthews, Mary Ann McSweeney, Shu Nakamura, Laura Neese, Jack O’Connell, David J Raleigh, and Shirazette Tinnin. 

Charles R. Hale/Narrator. Niamh Hyland/Music Director. Charmaine Broad/Director. Mitch Traphagen/Graphics and Images. Christopher Hale/Multi Media and Sound Effect.  

For tix, which are $15, and info CLICK HERE





Comments heard after Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell this past Tuesday.
 “The AWoW showcases are always full of creative, surprising and inspiring performances. I was moved by the personal, touching and very clever songs/stories. From the legendary Americana and Irish folklore to the poignant and funny accounts of family legacy and furry members. Bravi to all!!”  Theresa Sareo
“Mick Mcauley’ s performance was  absolutely mesmerizing. I loved it.” Marie Mularcyzk O’Connell
“Last night’s Artists Without Walls’ Showcase was absolutely amazing. Glad to have shared the experience.  The artists including, Eddie Brill, Candice Baranello, Lorraine Berger, Marie Mularczyk O’Connell, Michelle Macau, Dave Keener, Niamh Hyland, Michael Brunnock, and his surprise guest Mick Mcauley, were fantastic.  Thanks Charles and Niamh for once again putting together such a great “Showcase” of talented artists.” Marty Plevel
“The song Niamh and Michael Brunnock wrote and performed…I MUST hear it again!” Tom Myles
“Michelle’s story was such a touching tale and one that needed to be shared. Thank you, Michelle.” Niamh Hyland
Photos by Vera Maura
Lorraine Berger, Candice Baranello and Marie Mularcyzk


Michelle Macau
Michael Brunnock and Niamh Hyland
Charles R. Hale
Eddie Brill
Dave Keener
Michael Brunnock and Mick Mcauley
Mountain Maidens with Michael Brunnock: Lorraine Berger, Candice Baranello and Marie Mularcyzk O’Connell
Mick Mcauley

Photos from the October Showcase

“I had an incredible time tonight performing at The Cell Theatre in New York City with Artists Without Walls! As fate would have it, longtime David Bowie collaborator Mark Plati was on the same bill, and I had the great honor and pleasure to give him a copy of the newly released book that I wrote a piece for called My Bowie Story, arranged by Dale Perry and Mark W. Falzini. Thanks to Mark for his time and wishing him happy reading of the many Bowie memories that he is a part of!”

— Patrick Bamburak

“Thanks so much for having us Niamh…. Beautiful gig in a beautiful space. Looking forward to coming back.”

— Anthony Mulcahy

“A few photos from our Artists Without Walls Showcase last night at the4 Cell Theater. Thanks Vera Maura for these wonderful shots! 🌹.Thanks Charles R. Hale for having us back to play 🎶

— Dina Regine


David S. Goldman and Charles R. Hale
Dina Regine and Mark Plati
Conor Peacock and Patrick Bamburak
Sensible Shoes: Rachel Stern and Anthony Mulcahy
Jim Hawkins
Brendan Connellan
Brendan Connellan and Niamh Hyland
Mark Plati
The presenters at Artists Without Walls’ October Showcase at The Cell: Conor Peacock, Patrick Bamburak, Dina Regine, Mark Plati, Charles R. Hale, Rachel Stern, David S. Goldman, Jim Hawkins, Niamh Hyland, Brendan Connellan and Anthony Mulcahy.

Photos from AWoW September 2017 Showcase

Photos by Vera Maura

This past Tuesday, AWoW presented it’s September showcase. Both newcomers and longtime talent took to the stage to refuel our creative selves as we said adios to the summer and hello to the fall.

Band of Strays performing live at the cell theatre. Artists Without Walls September 2017 Showcase.
The night got rolling with the group the Band of Strays, featuring Louis Ledesma, guitarist Chip Thompson and drummer William Grafton. They warmed us up with a wonderfully eclectic mix of originals and standards. A true standout was their original tune “I Still See You” that lead singer Lou dedicated to his wife. Give a like to their Facebook page, so you can stay in tune with their upcoming gigs.
Playwright Elizabeth Primamore shared an excerpt from her ten-minute play Just Fine and Blank, followed by an essay about living the Rock ‘n’ Roll dream. Elizabeth was recently a fellow at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Colony. Her play, The Professor and Michael Field, achieved the status of semifinalist for the 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Loved your performance Elizabeth, looking forward to you sharing more with us in the future!

The sweet harmonies, melodic perfection, and soulful sounds of Theresa Sareo and her band, delighted the AWoW audience. Theresa was joined by bandmates Michael Holland and Clare Cooper. It has been eight years since Theresa performed a full night of her original music and we are beyond thrilled that she is dusting off tunes like Sweet Melina and Still On My Way for her upcoming full band show, October 26th, 8pm, West End Lounge, 955 Broadway at 105th St.Grab your tickets before this one sells out. #Stillonmyway
Writer Richard Vetere took to our stage to play Saint Pedro (Peter) in his new ten-minute play, “The Trump and the 7 Deadly Sins”, directed by M. Grace Sutton. Saint Pedro is questioning The Trump, played by Nick Hardin, on why he thinks he belongs there as he tries to get over the “Wall” into Heaven. Belly laughs rippled through the AWoW audience as Saint Pedro walks through in painful detail why The Trump will be taking a different elevator. The one that will take him to the other capital H. You can support Richard in his upcoming play “Lady Macbeth and Her Lover” which opens at The Directors Company on Thursday, November 2nd.

We were delighted by an impromptu tune from Singer-Songwriter David S. Goldman on Tuesday night. David stepped out from behind the soundboard, borrowed a guitar and effortlessly sang a beautiful rendition of a blues tune. David will be joining our October showcase line-up, where he will share a newly collaborated piece with AWoW Co-Founder Charles Hale. This one is not to be missed and David, we need to hear you SING more!
Shu Nakamura, aka Shu McNamara, played us out on Tuesday night. This man’s incredible ability to cooly play any tune you throw at him, with grace, ease and his own unique style, only minimally speaks to the talent he bestows upon on us everytime he takes the stage. A true gift to collaborate with and a talent that will no doubt be heard on our stage and many, many, many more in the future. : off the charts talent!
Post-show gathering with the artists and the audience…an AWoW tradition.
After the show
After the show
Strays waiting in the wings at the cell.
September featured an incredible line up of amazing talent and great people. We’ll see you in October!

Celebration of AWoW Members

Artists Without Walls’ cofounders Niamh Hyland and Charles R. Hale after receiving awards for “Making a Difference” from Marty Plevel of the New York Says Thank You Foundation and the foundation’s Stars of HOPE initiative. Seen here holding signed copies of Suzanne Bernier’s “Disaster Heroes.” Photo by Vera Maura

The wine flowed freely on Aug. 22 at the cell theatre.

No, it wasn’t an evening of drunken merriment, although there certainly was merriment. The wine was free, as were other beverages and a delicious spread of delicacies, all in celebration of the members of Artists Without Walls.

It was a night of conversations between old friends and new. Early AWoW member Annette Homann returned from her now-home in Berlin and her many friends were able to catch up. Annette also performed with Danny Weller, Shu Nakamura and Artists Without Walls co-founder Niamh Hyland, a preview of their wildly successful show that would take place the following night.

As AWoW Member Marty Plevel said on Facebook, “Thanks again Charles R. Hale and Niamh Hyland for all you have done and will continue to do for all of the artists and other members of the Artists Without Walls community and The New York Says Thank You Foundation and the foundation’s Stars of HOPE initiative. You truly are making a huge difference. Love is stronger than hate! #LoveWins #HopeProvidesTheLight.”

The Artists Without Walls Anniversary Celebration was a night to connect and reconnect, to laugh, to enjoy incredible live performances (of course, it’s AWoW!) and an emotional reminder to Artists Without Walls members, from all corners of the city, the nation and the globe, that Charles R. Hale and Niamh Hyland created something unique, powerful, empowering, eminently enjoyable and positive in Artists Without Walls. If “membership has its benefits,” the benefits of Artists Without Walls are far too numerous to quantify. To quote Marty Plevel, “Love is stronger than hate; Hope provides the light.”

On August 22 at the cell theatre, love and hope were the natural themes.

Photo of Annette Homann by Vera Maura from the Artists Without Walls’ Annual Celebration at The Cell.
Cecil Hooker, Amanda Mottur and Peter Nolan performing at Artists Without Walls’ Annual Celebration at The Cell Theatre. Photo by Vera Maura
Sedly Bloomfield in relax mode. Photo by Vera Maura.
How great are these ladies! Lynnell Herzer, Suzanne Bernier and Zofia Stefanowicz at The Cell Theatre this past Tuesday. Photo by Vera Maura
Kathleen Bennett Bastis. Photo by Vera Maura
Sedly Bloomfield and Annette Homann at The Cell theatre. Photo by Vera Maura
Mountain Maidens. Photo by Vera Maura
Marty Plevel. Photo by Vera Maura
Patrick Bamburak. Photo by Vera Maura
Shu Nakamura. Mitch Traphagen Photo
Mitch Traphagen Photo
Artists Without Wall co-founder Niamh Hyland performing with Annette Homann and Shu Nakamura during the Artists Without Walls anniversary celebration. Mitch Traphagen Photo
Mitch Traphagen Photo
One of Artists Without Walls’ biggest boosters, the inimitable Joe McElligott. Remind us, Joe, what were you singing here?
Annette Homann and Shu Nakamura. Mitch Traphagen Photo

Annette Homann: Back in the Apple

The fifth in Charles R. Hale Productions’ series entitled “New Yorkers: Together in Story and Song” will feature German-born violinist Annette Homann and will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the cell theatre, 338 W. 23rd St., Manhattan. Homann, who is traveling from Berlin where she relocated to in 2016, will be joined by Hale’s co-founder of Artists Without Wall, County Leitrim native Niamh Hyland on vocals, Alexander A. Wu on piano, Shu Nakamura on guitar and Danny Weller on bass.

“These talented musicians will be crossing musical genres, presenting jazz, rock, classical, tango, Latin music and more,” Hale said.

For tickets go to

AWoW members and supporters can type in “awow” for a discount.

Click here for the event link.

Annette Homann: Back in the Apple



Vera Maura Hoar’s photos from Artists Without Walls’ July Showcase at The Cell, July 25, 2017

Theresa, Sareo, Amanda Thorpe and Serena Jost
Niamh Hyland
Sam Adelman, Craig Fogel and Maleni Chaitoo
Gary Ryan
Charles R. Hale
Christina Jolie Breza and Gabriel Charles
Ron Vazzano
Michi Fuji
Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel


Charles R. Hale and Niamh Hyland

Many thanks to  Artists Without Walls’ cofounders Charles Hale and Niamh Hyland for another great Showcase at the Cell Theatre. The artistic presentations  ran the gamut: Poetry, film, music and storytelling. Playing to a standing-room-only house, the skilled performers generously shared their talents with Artists Without Walls’ members, friends and guests.

David Hofstra, Joel Forrester and Michi Fuji

The Michi Fuji trio, with Michi, violin, David Hofstra, bass and Joel Forester, piano, opened the show. The trio played two of Foster’s original compositions, which had the audience swaying and tapping their feet to the beat. Michi, a Japanese born violinist, who has found her niche in jazz, delighted the audience with her dazzling performances in both works.

Ron Vazzano

Ron Vazzano followed with a poetry reading, a unique and nuanced performance, combining reading and singing skills. Ron either recited or sang a verse from a song, always relevant to the pithy poem that followed. His reading of “Comey Quartet,” incorporated lines from both Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.” Then, incorporating lines from Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” Ron created the warm sound of singer Nat King Cole. He then wrapped a poem around the music, which described daily life in a nursing home. His reading of the poem beautifully enhanced his poem’s message.

Gabriel Charles and Christina Jolie Breza

Next up was the lovely Christina Jolie Breza, who was accompanied by pianist Gabriel Charles. Christina presented the love story of her life in story and song. Her stories and choices of songs, “Basket Case” by Green Day and “Falling Slowly” from the musical “Once” held deep and special meaning; She was talking and singing about her husband, Gui. Christina’s presence and grace on the Artists Without Walls’ stage is always well received by the adoring audience.

After accompanying Christina on the piano, Gabriel took center stage. In the past, Gabriel has provided piano accompaniment for performers at Artists Without Walls’ Showcases but on Tuesday he made his debut as a soloist, backed up by vocalists Jasmine Brown and Jenna McDonald. Gabriel sang two songs from his recently released, inspirational CD “Free Falling.” It was the first time religously inspired music was presented at an Artists Without Walls’ Showcase and judging by the audience’s receptivity, it won’t be the last.


Amanda Thorpe

A surprise is always an unexpected pleasure and London’s Amanda Thorpe’s appearance was no exception. Backed by vocalists Serena Jost and Teresa Sareo, Amanda performed an impromptu, melodious tune, filled with harmony that was reminiscent of folk music’s heyday. Many thanks to Amanda, Serena and Theresa for this special treat.

Gary Ryan

Gary Ryan followed with a short story filled with vivid details from his childhood on the east side of the Mississippi River, in the hill country of Mississippi. The story centered on a “big old dog” that had been tearing up his family’s back yard at night and their effort to get rid of it. After hearing the story, it’s no wonder that the event has captivated Gary all these years later and that he felt moved to write about it. A compelling story in the hands of a compelling storyteller.

Sam Adelman

Artists Without Walls’ charter member, filmmaker and editor Sam Adelman delighted the audience, presenting an episode from “Don’t Shoot the Messenger,” a comedy series that can be seen here.   The series explores the humorous side of communication between people who use signing as a language and those who don’t. Episode six, which delighted the audience, dealt with the humor that arises when a person thinks they know sign language, but doesn’t.

Deni Bonet, Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel

The duo of Anana Kay and Iraki Gabriel, who emigrated from Georgia in the USSR, wrapped up the entertainment portion of the evening. The talented couple presented a video of their work and followed with a song, “American Smile.” Anna and Irakli capped off a wonderful and varied AWoW showcase.

Join us for the next Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell on August 22nd. The doors and bar open at 6:45 and the performances begin at 7:30.

All photos by Vera Maura Hoar

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