Irish American Writers & Artists

February 16, 2016

2/3/16 IAW&A Salon: Postcards, Sheep, Faeries, and Something for Everyone

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By Mark William Butler
Photos by Kevin McPartland

It was business as usual at the Irish American Writers & Artists Salon at Bar Thalia on Tuesday February 3rd, when the topics included postcards, sheep, Celtic faeries, dunce caps, James Dean, St. Grace’s Day, finger snapping, and the inherent humor of male genitalia – a little something for everyone, as it were.

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Andrew Byrne, Artistic Director of Symphony Space

John Kearns got things rolling by introducing special guest Andrew Byrne, the Artistic Director of Symphony Space, who dropped by to say hello and offer words of encouragement to the IAW&A, which he called “a member of the Symphony Space family.”

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John Kearns

John then read an excerpt from his novel in progress, Worlds, about Seamus Logan’s arrival in the New World in the late 19th century.  Wandering the streets of Lower Manhattan after getting off of the boat at South Street Seaport, Seamus finds his way to Saint James’s Church near Chatham Square.  After saying a few decades of the rosary, Seamus meets the church’s cleaning lady who is also from Mayo, tells her his name is James, and accepts a room in her nearby boarding house.

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Ray Lindie

Ray Lindie was up next, reading from his new play, Jimmy Dean’s Alive. The lead character, James, is enamored of James Dean, and often thinks of himself as Dean, an escape mechanism he uses to separate himself from the three women he is forced to live with: his mother, her lover (a large masculine southern lesbian), and her new found friend, a young pregnant Irish Au-Pair. As Ray so devilishly put it; “Let the games begin.”

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Rosina Fernhof

Rosina Fernhof then performed a monologue from Synge’s most beautiful play, “Riders to the Sea,” which is the story of a mother who has seen all of her sons swallowed by the sea. “They are all together now,” she laments. “The end has come.”  Tinged with bitterness but final acceptance, the monologue reflects the life of this Irish woman.

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Sean Carlson

Board member Sean Carlson shared a short story about an airport without postcards as an introduction to an essay he wrote about one of his childhood favorites (Rush Hour – Ireland) and a car-travel game it provoked. One attendee tweeted her favorite line about “traffic woes that do not implicate sheep,” and plenty of discussion followed at the bar afterwards about other memories of postcards and the past. Sean also took the opportunity to introduce a new form — available at http://bit.ly/IASalon — for anybody interested in reading or performing at future Salons.

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Sarah Fearon

Fellow board member and fearless comedian Sarah Fearon then wrapped up the first half of the evening by trying a first draft of some new comedic material. Focusing on people who drive us crazy – ranging from those who use the phrase “Full Disclosure” inappropriately to those we should be intolerant of for their intolerances – and some who narrate every train of thought they have at the expense of our sanity. Also on tap were a few inventions for an APP and a new GPS system to improve our lives. Sarah promises that her train of thought will be continued. We hope so.

After the break, and the inevitable beverages, Mr. Kearns continued the proceedings with a reminder about the St. Pat’s for All Parade fundraiser, to be held at the Irish Arts Center on Friday, March 4th from 6-10pm. The event includes a reception, music, and some literary shenanigans, with an appearance by the man himself, the legendary Malachy McCourt. Enjoy some great food at a great show for a great cause!

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Marcia Loughran

Marcia Loughran then delighted the crowd with her poetry, reading three pieces that all had a winter theme, and succeeded in warming up the room.

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Gordon Gilbert, Jr.

Gordon Gilbert, Jr. then shared a monologue based on an interview with Dr. Raymond Barfield, in which the doctor discussed children, cancer, and death. The interview appeared in the January 2016 issue of the literary magazine The Sun. He followed that up with a second monologue, “Dick”, which is part of a play Gordon himself wrote called Monologues from the Old Folks Home. The character is a World War Two veteran who chose to reside at the rest home called, “Serendipity” instead of a V.A. home, because of the larger number of women there. Most of the monologue is about his good relationship with his, well, “dick”.

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Mark Tompkins

Newcomer Mark Tompkins then read from his Irish-themed debut novel, The Last Days of Magic. The novel is being published by Penguin Random House on March 1st and his official book tour concludes at the April 7th IAW&A salon. The Last Days of Magic is an epic novel of magic and mysticism, Celts and traitorous faeries, mad kings and exorcists, and a broken Goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost – medieval Ireland.

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Jack DiMonte

Salon regular Jack DiMonte then treated us to a Jimmy Buffett song, “He Went To Paris”, which encapsulates one man’s story from youth in Paris to old age in Florida.  In a few minutes it has the impact of a sweeping biography as it carries the listener through the emotional highs and lows of its unnamed protagonist, hurdling across the eras of his life.

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John Paul Skocik

Closing out the show was the dynamic John Paul Skocik, who returned with three songs: “One In a Million”, piece about youth and it’s impending end; “Alien” a pretty tune (though lyrically misanthropic, as it asks why should we deal with the problems of others when we don’t want to deal with our own); and lastly “California Time,” the tale of a New York man-about-town engaging in a catch-up phone conversation with an ex currently on the west coast, only to realize (too late, of course) that he wishes that he was also in California. John continues to write but has not performed a live show in some time, something he plans to remedy soon. In the meantime, we’re always happy to have him jam with us.

We’ll see you next time – in this case on Tuesday, February 16th (7pm) at The Cell Theatre – which promises to be another celebration of words, music, and occasional nonsense.

January 27, 2016

IAW&A’s Second Salon of 2016: Enjoyable Dramas of Many Types!

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by Mary Lannon
Photos by Cat Dwyer

Drama of the good variety featured in many of the enjoyable presentations at the Irish American Writers salon at the Cell on Tuesday January 19th.

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Mark Byrne and Penny O’Brien

Kicking off the night and the drama, Dublin born playwright Derek Murphy presented the first scene from his new play, Dyin’ For It.  It starred  Mark Byrne and Penny O’Brien as estranged brother and sister dealing, rather inappropriately, with what should be some very sad news. Byrne trained with Wynn Handman in New York and at The Gaiety School and at the Samuel Beckett Centre in Dublin and has acted in New York, Dublin and Los Angelas.

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Thom Molyneaux

Next up Thom Molyneaux did not perform a play excerpt but told how his mother wrote out in longhand four copies of her”biography” for her sons. Reading from a copy, he recounted his mother’s telling of her life on a farm in Kerry. In the story a young mother, (Thom”s grandmother) overwhelmed with farm chores and the caring of her first half dozen or so children (there would be 16 in all), has her life changed by an unannounced visitor.

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Rosina Fernhoff

Adding to the drama, Rosina Fernhoff performed a monologue from the solo play, The Conversion of Alice B. Toklas by Carol Polcovar.  Alice examines her life and desire to become a Catholic at the age of 92.  She has these conversations with herself and with her great love, Gertrude Stein. And in the course of these talks, reviewing her life with Gertrude Stein, she finds her own voice…herself.

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John McDonagh

John McDonagh performed a hilarious sketch from his one man play, Cabtivist, recounting all the machinations involved in sending Christmas greetings to families of IRA prisoners on a sign in Times Square during the height of the Troubles.

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Brendan Costello

IAW&A board member Brendan Costello discussed the new online sign-up form to be used by IAW&A Salon presenters.  He also asked for news and volunteers for the IAW&A Weekly newsletter.  

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Adrianna Mateo

After some technical drama involving microphones during which Adrianna Mateo told the audience about performing on the Stephen Colbert show, Mateo read her short short stories and performed her single, “August Sun.”

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John Kearns

Just before the dramatic break (i.e. intermission), our dedicated host John Kearns read a brief excerpt from his novel in progress, Worlds: part of the overture to the novel’s section focused on Greed and Charity.

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Adrianna, Rosina, Margaret McCarthy, and Kira Citron enjoy the break

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IAW&A board member Kathleeen Walsh D’Arcy has a refreshment during the break

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Derek Murphy and friends … 

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Joel Weinberg

The first presenter of the second half, Joel Weinberg (J.L. Weinberg), made his first dramatic entrance to the IAWA salons, reading from his just-published novel, True Religion, a genre-bending fusion of paranormal horror, spiritual therapy, American history, and New Age enlightenment. An unexpected encounter with an otherworldly spirit at a holiday party in Pennsylvania’s Orenda Valley sends the main character, Seth Davis, a gay journalist from Manhattan, on a profound religious journey. Being able to introduce Joel was a special treat for John Kearns as Joel and John are friends and former coworkers.  

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William Lee Coakley

Another new member William Lee Coakley introduced himself with poems appropriate to the Selfie Age and then mocking ones on the barbarian English, thieves of our language, and on the ancient order of homophobes, followed by a memorial to the Irish-American poet Walter McElroy, defector to England during the McCarthy period among other thought-provoking and moving poems.

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Kathleen O’Sullivan

Next up Kathleen O’Sullivan presented her memoir Isham Street in the dramatic iMovie form with illustrations and voice-over narration. The chapter titled “The Church” illustrated the domination of the Catholic church in her Irish community, and her childhood quest to understand the concepts of God, Purgatory, Limbo, Heaven, and Hell.

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Childlike theology …

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Seamus Scanlon

Seamus Scanlon read another flash-fiction piece, “Across The Harlem River,” about Dominican gangsters stealing money from the badlands of Woodlawn. He is making a short film of another flash fiction piece he read previously at the IAW&A Salon, entitled, “The Resurrection Love Song.” He is looking for three Irish teens to star in it. Email seamus.scanlon@gmail.com cullen

Bernadette Cullen

Bernadette Cullen recommended the movie, Analisa, and then read a surreal prose piece, a poem responding to a painting by an Italian artist, and a third piece that was an epilogue to a much longer work that is in progress. Cullen is an adjunct instructor with the College of New Rochelle.

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John Munnelly

Closing out the night in his inimitable dramatic fashion, John Munnelly sang “Flower Shop in the Day (yeah, yeah, yeah),” a cynical take on gentrification, “Julius Caesar, a meditation on life filtered through historical biography, and a new song, “Is it Love that We’re Here For?” a meditation on meaning and reconciliation.

Look out for the new IAW&A Salon sign-up form!  See you at the next salon on Wednesday February 3rd at 7 pm at Bar Thalia!

 

 

 

 

 

January 11, 2016

1.5.16 IAW&A Salon: In the beginning was the Word, but first came the Irish. -Malachy McCourt

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By Karen Daly
Photos by Kevin R. McPartland

Judging by our first Salon of the year at Bar Thalia, 2016 will be a banner year for IAW&A. Host and Salon producer John Kearns announced the first road Salon (Molloy College, Long Island, February 26th) and that IAW&A will participate in the NYC commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. At the Thalia, we welcomed three new presenters, saw the return of old friends, and had so many talented folks on the bill, we had no time for intermission.

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Seamus Scanlon

Starting the fireworks, Seamus Scanlon read a flash fiction piece about a pyromaniac called, “The Great Fire of Galway.” The story will be published in February on the AkashicBooks.com Mondays Are Murder feature. Seamus went from the freezing NYC to the Key West Literary Seminar where, he reports, he has met no Irish people so far! His new website is www.seamusscanlon.com

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Jenifer Margaret Kelly

Demonstrating the range of her talent, Jenifer Margaret Kelly read a poem “The First Snow,” a prose poem, “ Antibody” and a monologue, “The Muffin Man.”

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Sheila Agnew

Sheila Agnew described her journeys from New York to Dublin, London, Mexico City and back and from lawyer to novelist. Author of several popular YA novels, Sheila has a timely new adult thriller, The Exclusion Wars, about a Latino teenager in hiding in New York in 2025 after President Trent has come to power. Says Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl, “Slick writing, a fascinating premise and a rollercoaster plot, Agnew’s The Exclusion Wars is a book that needed to be written and needs to be read.” More at http://sheila-agnew.com

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Tom Mahon

Tom Mahon told a poignant story of two weary sisters caring for their mother on Christmas Eve. Their brother is a veteran, who is in prison for using and selling drugs. The son is their mother’s favorite. So one sister writes a letter for him so their mother, in her dementia, can dream of her son holding her before she dies.

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Brent Shearer

In his second IAW&A appearance, Brent Shearer read his short story “Piss of the Faithful.” A writer whose blog can be found at  inthefrontrowonthedole.blogspot.com, Brent claims that he “publishes short things in obscure places.

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Eilin O’Dea

Yes, I said yes. Irish actor/singer Eilin O’Dea gave a thrilling interpretation of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from her “Joyce’s Women” production. More about her at EilinODea.com

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Bill McGarvey

IAW&A Salon first-timer (and John Kearns’s fellow Saint Joe’s Prep alumnus) Bill McGarvey, musician, singer, songwriter sang two terrific compositions. “Not Alone,” from his Beautiful Mess album is a quiet meditation on the search for one’s place in the cosmos. “Standing Next to Gloria Steinem” from his Tell Your Mother album deals with a real-life experience of encountering the feminist icon on the #6 train in NYC. For more of Bill’s work, go to billmcgarvey.com.

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Katharine McNair

In another Salon debut, Katharine McNair presented her poetry, “The FDR,” “Brothers,” “Broken Heart Melodies,” and three pieces from her musical in progress, a Cinderella story set in 1929 New Orleans. An MFA and multi-talent, Katharine’s work has been published in Poetry in Performance Volume 43, and online at BigCityLit.com, and her children’s literature has been published on StoryShares.org. Find her at Zincrest.com

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Sean Carlson

IAW&A board member Sean Carlson has returned after his recent wedding to Cathlin Olszewski in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cathlin and her mother joined us at Bar Thalia for Sean’s first reading in several months. His piece from his yet-untitled family memoir reflected on immigrant journeys and those left behind. The heartbreaking story of a young woman departing Ireland for Sacramento by way of airports in Newfoundland, New York and Los Angeles carries echoes of Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn. More at www.seancarlson.net.

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Rita Reidy Lennick

Another writer making her Salon debut, Rita Reidy Lennick read a sensitive piece from her memoir and we encourage her to come back and read more.

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Jim Rodgers

A welcome return to the Salon, Jim Rodgers read the first chapter from his novel, Long Night’s End. The chapter introduces the main characters, the themes to be explored, and the continual angst and heartache the protagonist, Johnny Gunn, will exhibit throughout the novel. This all comes out through Johnny Gunn’s thoughts as he plays his guitar in a Lower East Side club, along with his aging band mates.

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John Munnelly

Singer, songwriter, musician John Munnelly finds the Salon a comfortable place to debut new work. Tuesday he played for the first time a song he’s been working on since the summer, and that he was rewriting and editing right up until he played it for us. John’s take on a Zen Koan, the likely title is “Why is the One, Both the Same?”

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Malachy McCourt

In summing up a fine evening, Malachy McCourt, self-described “anchor baby,” declared, “In the beginning was the Word, but first came the Irish.”

And we can’t add to that.

The next IAW&A Salon will be on January 19th at the Cell at 7 pm!  The next Bar Thalia Salon will be on WEDNESDAY February 3rd at 7 pm with nothing trivial to rush or interrupt us.

Happy New Year!

 

 

December 22, 2015

12.15.15 IAW&A Salon: An abundance of talent, heart and Christmas cheer

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By Karen Daly
Photos by Cat Dwyer

 

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Marni Rice

The late December Salon at the Cell has quickly become a holiday tradition for members and guests who know there will be an extraordinary array of talent and heart as well as abundant IAW&A-style Christmas cheer. Curated and co-hosted by Honor Molloy and John Kearns, the program began with Marni Rice performing a haunting original accordion composition.

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Playwright, actor and expert on mystery writing, Joseph Goodrich then showed his tender side with the story “The New Boy,” a reminiscence of Christmas in a small Minnesota town, circa 1970. Funny and poignant, Joe’s tale prompted smiles and tears.

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Kevin Holohan brought to life Lar Lawrence and Con Conway, two electricians escaped from his novel The Brothers’ Lot. Quintessential Dubliners, Lar is the straight man and Con, the one convinced that not only is the glass half empty but its contents will probably give you cholera, dysentery, Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever, maybe all together. Con’s twisted view of Christmas was a hilarious downward spiral of misanthropic naysaying, defeat and begrudgery.

More of Kevin and the book at:http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/the-brothers-lot/   New video on http://youtu.be/pQ_bkzGIDNo

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Kira Citron

If you’re thinking of attending Art Basel Miami, the global art world’s invasion of South Beach during the first week of December, you may want to read Kira Citron’s essay about her visit, “Nowhere Else Do Naked Emperors Have Such Fabulous Clothes.”

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Seamus Scanlon

Author Seamus Scanlon read a flash fiction piece, which he says, is more suited to Easter than Christmas. You can read the chilling “The Resurrection Love Song” “in its entirety at http://www.akashicbooks.com/the-resurrection-love-song-by-seamus-scanlon/.  You can also see a promotional video for his play “The McGowan Trilogy” at https://youtu.be/pLbRvXZrpQY

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Maeve Price

Singer/writer/actor Maeve Price told the story of her recent singing engagement in a local cemetery. Despite flying sheet music, a hole in her Civil War era dress, a chat with Frederick Douglass and a cameo appearance by a local raccoon, Maeve lived to tell the tale with a little singing and a dash of graveyard humor.  In February, Maeve will appear in the play “The Donahue Sisters” by Geraldine Aron. She’ll supply the details as available

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IAW&A board member Brendan Costello Jr. read an excerpt of his novel-in-progress Winning. The scene features a middle aged CEO sitting alone in his fancy office, where he is visited by the ghost of his recently deceased father. Brendan chose this scene for its shades of a famous encounter, from that seasonal classic by Charles Dickens.

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Honor Molloy closed the first half of the evening with her wonderful “Sixpence the Stars” (a/ka “The Little Oranges”) from her novel Smarty Girl.  This comical re-telling of the Nativity story is a Salon holiday favorite. You can see it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1y1jAmgRCE.

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Honor Molloy

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Mark Butler and Honor Molloy poetically passing the hat

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Mark William Butler

Speaking of holiday favorites, IAW&A Board member, playwright and composer Mark William Butler confessed to his obsession with writing Christmas musicals, especially Bad Christmas Sweater.

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Eilin O’Dea

Classically trained actor and soprano Eilin O’Dea stopped by to present a segment from James Joyce’s “The Dead” from her portrayal of Joyce’s Women. http://eilinodea.com

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Marni Rice

Marni Rice performed two of her own compositions for accordion,Complainte de la Femme Toute Seule,” featured in Robert Haufrecht’s film Subterranean Love which premiered at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Her other selection was from the score to Magdala: Stories from the Net and the Sea about the life of Mary Magdalene. This collaboration by The Xio Evans Marni Rice Experimental Dance Theatre will play at the Wow Café Theatre on East 4th Street on April 8th and 9th. For details and tickets, please visit http://www.dejouxmusique.com

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John Kearns

Salon producer (for three years!) John Kearns chose a brand-new excerpt from his novel in progress, Worlds. Set at Christmastime in the early days of legalized gambling, the Logans visit Atlantic City for a weekend getaway, which the wife hopes will be a romantic one. However, the husband stays out playing the slot machines and drinking with his friend and falls asleep as soon as he returns to the hotel room.

On behalf of the IAW&A Board of Directors, John also presented Cat Dwyer with a B&H Photo gift card to thank her for her 4 1/2 years of taking salon photos.

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Sarah Fearon and Jon Gordon

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Jon Gordon

In their holiday duet tradition, Sarah Fearon brought her deadpan holiday wishes, a spin on the Year in Review set to the jazzy tune of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” performed by Jon Gordon on sax. Then Jon gave us a sax solo rendition of the Vince Guaraldi song, “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Larry Kirwan

Our chieftain, IAW&A president, Larry Kirwan paid special thanks to the Board, the volunteers, and the members for their contributions to a successful year, which in addition to regularly scheduled Salons and road Salons, featured two outstanding special nights, The Amazing Library Variety Show fundraiser and the 100th Salon Celebration.

Larry sang Ewan MacColl’s “Ballad of the Carpenter” which begins:

Jesus was a working man
And a hero you will hear
Born in the town of Bethlehem
At the turning of the year

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Kathleen Donohoe

Kathleen Donohoe read an excerpt of a short story titled “Kringle,” about Cait, wife of Kristopher, a native of Ireland who is lonely in the North and in her marriage. We are excited to note that Kathleen’s debut novel, Ashes of Fiery Weather, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in August 2016.

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Karl Scully

Irish tenor Karl Scully didn’t come with a Christmas song tonight; he came with a sad love song entitled,“Knocknashee,” but we’re grateful whenever Karl can join us.

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Malachy McCourt

In closing, we had a rousing Gospel according to Malachy McCourt, who calls himself God’s atheist advisor.

Thanks to Honor and John and Cat and all the presenters for creating another smash Holiday Salon.

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No room in the inn, but a little on the stairs

Here is the schedule for 2016 salons: http://i-am-wa.org/salons/

We look forward to those and to the road salons planned for Long Island, upstate Pennsylvania, Saint Louis, Washington, DC, Belfast (online) and other points unknown …

Merry Christmas and see you in 2016!

 

November 24, 2015

11.17.15 IAWA Salon at The Cell: Theatricality, music, storytelling from newcomers and regulars

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By Karen Daly
Photos by Cat Dwyer

The late November IAW&A Salon brought gifted actors, comic and serious, great storytellers, two new presenters (one named McCourt), along with musicians, novelists and one poet to the stage at The Cell on November 17th.

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Peadar Hickey

Guitarist/singer Peadar Hickey opened with two songs that told stories about the Irish in America. “Fighting Tom Sweeney” with words by James Kelly and music by Derek Warfield tells of the Cork-born Colonel of the 52nd Missouri who fought bravely in the Civil War Battle of Shiloh. The tender “Lost Little Children” by Tim O’Brien is about two young brothers who sail to America to meet their parents who preceded them to earn the money for the children’s passage.

Peadar is part of the touring group Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones. You can catch him regularly in NYC at Donoghue’s, Times Square, Tuesdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 10pm, the Pig ‘n Whistle, Times Square, W. 46th St., Wednesdays at 9pm, and the Dog and Duck, Sunnyside, Thursdays at 8.30pm and Sundays at 5.30pm

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Suzanna Geraghty and Mark Byrne

Here from Dublin to perform her award-winning solo show, Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions, Suzanna Geraghty treated us to a few minutes of the show, in which a hapless actor tries to demonstrate the full range of her talents in an audition that doesn’t go so well. Suzanna lived up to her description in The New York Times as “…a gifted physical comedian…” Suzanna’s “Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions” won the Best Comedy Award at United Solo 2015!

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David McLoghlin

We welcomed new member David McLoghlin who read from his memoir-in-progress, The Travelled Child.  It describes his family’s emigration from Ireland to Belgium and Darien, CT, in the 1980s, and a young boy’s struggle to belong in a variety of countries, including Ireland, upon his return home with a New England accent.  David is author of Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2012), and recipient of a grant from Ireland’s Arts Council. David notes that the Salon was only the second time he has read from the memoir and was grateful for such an appreciative audience. Visit www.davidmcloghlin.com

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Rosina Fernhoff

Noted actor Rosina Fernhoff performed an excerpt from the solo play Snow People by Av Inlender. Weaving history with personal experiences, the play explores the controversy surrounding Nazi looting of art treasures during World War II and Swiss complicity in the thefts. Rosina played a woman whose daughter confronts her with contemporary questions of guilt and restitution.

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Jon Gordon

Jazz sax player Jon Gordon has played and read from his memoir For Sue at several IAW&A Salons. Tuesday he chose the Malachy McCourt route (“Just tell the story!”) with anecdotes from a book he’s working on titled Jazz Lives. Jon had unique stories about some of great musicians he met as a very young man starting out: Jay McShann, Doc Cheatham, Joe Williams, Clark Terry and Cab Calloway, among others.

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John McDonagh

Another IAW&A member who can tell a story, John McDonagh did a few minutes from his solo play Cabtivist. In this hilarious segment, John is chosen to show British actor Stephen Fry around New York for his TV show, so naturally John brings him to Queens to meet some authentic goodfellas. John graciously thanked IAW&A members for encouragement, feedback and support of his work. After two sold-out shows this fall, John will perform another one at The Cell on December 16.  Get your tickets here: www.thecelltheatre.org/events/2015/12/16/cabtivist

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The supportive IAW&A Salon crowd listens to David McLoghlin

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Thom Molyneaux

Thom Molyneaux’s play about 9/11, White Ash Falling premiered at The Detroit Repertory Theatre in May. Tonight he read two monologues. White Ash Falling is structured as a play within a play. The first dialogue had Richard, an actor, telling the other actors what he did on 9/11 and followed with Richard’s character, Greg, telling his story of that unforgettable day. Pleased with the reception and good reviews, Thom hopes to produce White Ash Falling in or around New York.

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John Kearns

Having returned from a conference in Belfast and a vacation in Madrid, IAW&A Salon producer and host John Kearns read a brief excerpt from his novel in progress, Worlds, in which Paul Logan reminisces about an incident that took place when he started teaching at an all girls’ school in the South Bronx. When Paul sends a student to detention, she returns to the classroom and attacks him.  After learns that she will be expelled, two students in his class start arguing about the incident and have to be sent to separate guidance counselors.

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Alphie McCourt

In his first Salon appearance, Alphie McCourt charmed with three selections from his The Soulswimmer, A Collection. Two selections, “Quiet Time” and “The Prose Nose” were in verse. “Albanese” is a story, fictional, we presume, about a returned emigrant farmer whose erotic encounter with his wife is enhanced by a cow’s tail.  More about him at: www.alphiemccourt.com

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Tom Mahon

Tom Mahon’s true story about an incident in Vietnam, “Sergeant Murray’s Problem” is another dramatic vignette from his collection Tomorrow Never Came.  In it, a sergeant dies when he is forced to recover his lieutenant who was injured in ambush.

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Marcia Loughran

The accomplished poet Marcia Loughran was happy to be back at the Salon, sharing three poems, one of which (“Imagine October”) has been published by the Riding Light Review.  The other two were new, one “Allen Ginsberg Goes to Costco” and “Ceasefires.”

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John Kearns, Jack DiMonte, Mark Butler, and Sarah Fearon

The full night came to a close, with an impromptu sing-along of “Let It Be” led by Jack DiMonte, Mark Butler, and Sarah Fearon, with John Kearns on guitar.

Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget the Salon at Bar Thalia on December 1st!   See you soon!

 

 

November 9, 2015

11.3.15 IAW&A Salon at Bar Thalia: Rich Brew of Music, Drama, Humor & More

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“Wonderful night that evolves each time out of goodwill and fun…” Tom Mahon

By Karen Daly
Photos by Tom Mahon and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy

Musician/writer/ singer Marni Rice graciously hosted the early November IAW&A Salon at Bar Thalia that was a rich brew of story, song, humor and poetry.  As that sage Tom Mahon says, “Even when it gets serious, it’s still fun”.

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Mary Pat Kelly

Fresh from her success hosting our Eugene O’Neill Award for Irish America magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Patricia Harty, Mary Pat Kelly was first up. She described the research for her next novel (following Galway Bay and Of Irish Blood) and took a show of hands as to where the plot should go. Mary Pat found sharing her ideas and the feedback from fellow writers and artists “very helpful.”

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Sarah Fearon

Comic performer and IAW&A Board member Sarah Fearon also shared work in development — new ideas and comedy notes. After her terrific performance at 100th Salon and her efforts in helping organize the O’Neill event, Sarah’s gone back to the drawing board to find the “new funny.” And she did.

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Jack DiMonte

Singer and frequent Salon contributor Jack DiMonte showed his comic side by imagining how celebrated actor Richard Burton would have played Vegas. Jack’s impression of Burton doing a segment from this nightclub act started with a brief soliloquy from “Hamlet” that segued into the Billy Strayhorn jazz classic “Lush Life.”

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Tom Mahon

Tom Mahon read a dramatic story about one man’s hypocrisy. In “Elite Only,” a group of well-off men in a small town drink and swap stories.  When they leave, one of them comes upon an accident involving two women. Gerry Simmons, a country judge, elects not to help and the women die. In the aftermath, his wife divorces him; he marries his young assistant; moves to Florida and doesn’t stand for re-election. Why didn’t he help them?  He was drunk and a judge known for being tough on crime.

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Kevin R. McPartland

Salon regular, novelist and short story writer Kevin R. McPartland read from a recently completed short story titled “The Cruise,” a tale of magic and moonlight on the high seas. Kevin left the audience eager to hear the rest of this delightful tale.

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Mary Deady

Singer Mary Deady, who wowed us at the O’Neill Award, wowed again tonight with two very different songs. The first was a traditional Irish air, “On the Brink of the White Rock Air” (Ar bhruach Na carriage).She followed with a funny, sophisticated Cole Porter song, “The Physician”

Once I loved such a shattering physician,
Quite the best-looking doctor in the state
He looked after my physical condition
And his bedside manner was great!

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Gordon Gilbert, Jr.

Still in the Halloween spirit, Gordon Gilbert, Jr. read “I Know Why You Are Here Tonight” from his as-yet-unpublished book of vampire poetry: The Vampiricals, Book of Waters. He read two short pieces: a stand-alone monologue “Summers Are the Hardest Time” and “A Kiss for Miss Ellie”, which will be included in the seventh production of his play “Monologues from the Old Folks Home” when he produces it again in the spring.

Gordon hosts monthly celebrations of the Beat Generation writers at Cornelia Street Cafe, and he performs regularly there in Monologues & Madness on the first 1st Monday of each month. http://corneliastreetcafe.com

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Jordan Ortega

Jordan Ortega, a recent graduate of CUNY, shared an excerpt from his short story  “Ever Watchful Eyes,” a tale about a mysterious man following and watching a young girl from a distance throughout an eventful night. Jordan has presented several times at the IAW&A Salon, and is “always invigorated by the experience and feedback.”

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John Paul Skocik

A crowd favorite, John Paul Skocik played a few songs including a new one called  “Making You Mine.”  His  “We Should Go Home” is performed with John’s former band on the self-titled album “Girl To Gorilla,” available on ITunes and at ♫ Girl to Gorilla – Girl to Gorilla. Listen @cdbaby John’s last tune was a poppy punk original, “The Phone Song” about the self-doubt and inner turmoil of a young man trying to get a young lady to answer her phone.  John is busy writing new songs and working on a short play, as well as beginning a novel, which he hopes to share at the Salon sometime in the near future.

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Rosina Fernhoff

Actor Rosina Fernhoff mesmerized the audience with a monologue from The Piano Teacher, a three-character play by Julia Cho.  Mrs. K., a retired piano teacher who lives alone, reminisces about her husband and the children she taught long ago. One day she feels compelled to call her old students. Is it out of loneliness or some darker need?  It may not be what we cannot know what troubles us most, but what we cannot bear to know. The Piano Teacher will be presented in February at St. Malachy’s.

We’ll keep you posted on the details.

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Marni Rice

The night’s host, Marni Rice, presented a poem from her new theatre piece “Magdala: Stories from the Net & The Sea,” co-created by The Xio Evans Marni Rice Experimental Dance Theatre.  It’s an original interpretation about the life of a woman named Mary from a fishing village called Magdala, Mary Magdalene The original text by Xio Evans and Marni Rice is in Spanish and English; choreography by Xio Evans (from Costa Rica) and original music by Marni Rice (from NYC). “Magdala” was produced at the WOW Café Theatre in October 2015 with additional dates TBD in 2016.  You can see an excerpt of this piece at the Riverside Church Latino Ministry meeting on Sunday, November 15th at 1pm. For additional details, please visit: http://www.dejouxmusique.com.

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Malachy McCourt

We said it was a night of story, song, humor, and poetry and Malachy McCourt combined them all in his wrap-up, talking about “the freedom and eloquence” of the Salon, offering a clear-eyed assessment of The Quiet Man, and just a few riffs on politics.  He questions the politicians who talk about taking back America —Malachy didn’t know America had been taken away and to make his point, started us singing “This Land is Your Land.”

See you at our next IAW&A Salon at the Cell Theatre at 7 pm on November 17th!

October 16, 2015

IAW&A 10/7 Salon at Bar Thalia: New Voices and Brian Friel Tribute

Filed under: Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 9:15 pm

By Karen Daly

Our October 7 Salon at Bar Thalia had a small but enthusiastic turnout. Warmly hosted by Guenevere Donohue, the night featured tributes to the great Irish playwright, Brian Friel, who died this month.

Three new presenters joined us. First time presenter, Bethann Talty was “…awed by the talent and passion of last night’s fellow readers.”

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Guenevere Donohue

In the first Friel tribute, Guenevere Donohue opened with a piece from “Dancing at Lughnasa.” The character Michael talks about ‘things becoming what they ought not to be” and Guen talked about the  “ought not” of a world without Brian Friel.

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Michael Fitzpatrick with Malachy McCourt

We welcomed new member Michael Fitzpatrick, who wrote the award-winning short play “Counting Apples.” He presented three short pieces from his ongoing “Humans of Irish America” series, a satirical, fictional take on immigrants’ stories. Find “Humans of Irish America,” as well as his other works, on his website, www.heraldypress.com.

Actor/playwright DJ Sharp has performed parts of his monologue about the last days of Tennessee Williams, “Return to Tennessee.” Tonight he gave a vivid portrayal of the closeted Williams haunted by what critics called his pet themes of alcoholism, insanity and incest.

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Bethann Talty

Writer Bethann Talty called her night a “welcoming maiden voyage” at the Salon.  She read a deeply felt essay reflecting on her need to write – and run – and examine her Irishness in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Jennifer Margaret Kelly

Jennifer Margaret Kelly found IAW&A after seeing Pat Fenton’s “Stoop Dreamer” at The Cell. A playwright/poet/writer/film-maker, Jennifer adds that she’s a bit of an Irish dancer and visual artist. We could relate to her poem “Poet’s Chair” about needing the right tools. She read a short creative non-fiction piece titled “Ode to Joy.”

Actor Rosina Fernhoff honored Brian Friel by reading the role of Grace from his play “Faith Healer.” Creating a stunning collage from Grace’s monologue, she told the arc of Grace’s story through her relationship with her husband Frank, the faith healer. Rosina’s solo performance of the play, “Snow People” by Av Inlender, her late husband, will be video taped this month.  She performed part of his play “Shadows” at The Cell.

Joe Davidson read a humorous excerpt from his yet untitled novel- in- progress about the life of the fictional Gerry Walker. In this excerpt set in the 1960s, Gerry meets his new friend Stanley Wolinski on the playground of his grammar school. He watches Stanley in awe as the rebellious youth lights up a cigarette stolen from his father. Stanley starts chocking and gagging but remains undeterred, as he attempts to smoke the entire cigarette. Joe was glad his piece met with plenty of laughs and a rousing applause.

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Jeanne D’Brant

Jeanne D’Brant read another section of her riveting memoir, Heartlands of Islam. This section describes her experiences being caged in Pakistan. Her crime? Being a female of the species.

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Kathleen Rockwell Lawrence

Kathleen Rockwell Lawrence read from her novel in progress, and is buoyed by the encouragement she received from Salon goers.

Host Guenevere Donohue bookended the night with a beautiful piece from the close of Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” where he describes memory as movement. “Dancing as if language no longer existed because words were no longer necessary.” 

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Malachy McCourt, Bethann, Michael, and Guen

The man himself, Malachy McCourt is back in fighting form after an absence this summer. He offered the group advice on a variety of topics. One piece which he claims not to use himself:  “In case of doubt, do the right thing.”   Malachy always does right thing for IAW&A.

See you on Monday at the O’Neill Award for Patricia Harty!

Join us at Bar Thalia on Election Day Tuesday, November 3 at 6pm!

September 22, 2015

Jubilant 100th IAW&A Salon 9/15: Celebrating Our First Four Years

Filed under: dance,Essay,Film,Literature,Music,Theater,Uncategorized,Visual Arts — by scripts2013 @ 8:56 pm

  
”…a fine green thread binds us together…” Colin Broderick

By John Kearns and Karen Daly
Photos by Cat Dwyer

We had much to celebrate at the Cell Theatre on September 15. Our 100th Manhattan Salon featured readings and performances of works developed over the Salon’s first four years and a retrospective of IAW&A Salon photographs by Cathleen Dwyer.

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Audience enjoying Cat Dwyer’s photos

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The Consulate General of Ireland/New York, represented by Anna McGillicuddy, Deputy Head of Mission, congratulated IAW&A on the occasion. Origin Theatre Company’s Artistic Director George C. Heslin welcomed the IAW&A Salon to its prestigious 1st Irish Theatre Festival this year.

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And Salon founder Malachy McCourt returned after a brief absence this summer. Malachy’s presence and performance meant a lot to everyone in the SRO house, as he truly is our guiding spirit.

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Malachy McCourt

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John Kearns

IAW&A Treasurer John Kearns produced and hosted the 100th Salon as a curated program of fiction, memoir, poetry, music, dance, visual and performance arts. Cathleen Dwyer, special events, portrait and urban landscape photographer, has taken photographs at the Salon since the early days. Tonight we enjoyed a slideshow of over 100 striking pictures from the first four years. Cat also photographs concerts and does headshots for performers. She is always available for hire and offers discounts to IAW&A members. To purchase prints and see more of her work, go to CatsEyePix.com.

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Sarah Fearon has shared her comedy routines with us since the beginning of the IAW&A Salon. Her play, “Ted Talks NYC” was developed from her comedy and won first prize at the Short Play Festival at the Players Theatre this summer. From tonight’s sample we can see why: Sarah was fiery, funny and profound.

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Frequent Salon reader Tom Mahon has presented fiction, poetry, film and even a children’s book. He credits the Salon with helping him complete his novel. “Unforgivable,” a tragic story with a shocking ending, is a vignette from his collection Tomorrow Never Came. Tom told it with his usual dramatic force.

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Mary Pat Kelly is author of the best-selling novel Galway Bay, and award winning documentary filmmaker. She charmingly described her Chicago Irish roots and her research for her latest novel, Of Irish Blood, excerpts of which she had debuted at salons.

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Author and filmmaker Colin Broderick delivered a knockout piece about his development as a writer. He has written two memoirs, Orangutan about his first twenty years in New York City and That’s That about his early life in Northern Ireland. He is now editing the collection The Writing Irish of New York.

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Speaking of knockout pieces, Honor Molloy described her childhood journey from Dublin to America and finding encouragement for her work in NY’s Irish American community. Author of Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage, playwright, instructor, Honor has been a regular contributor since the start of the IAW&A Salon.

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Cathy Maguire originally from Dundalk, Co. Louth, showcased her talents as a singer/ songwriter. Her beautiful country song “Portrait” looks at an old wedding picture and wonders how the couple’s life turned out. In addition to her country album made in Nashville, her Ireland in Song explores the top ten most famous Irish ballads. Guitar virtuoso, Irish born Damien Kelly accompanied Cathy and we hope to hear more of his work. Find him at http://www.damienkellyguitar.com

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Damien Kelly and Cathy Maguire 

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Backstage at the Cell….

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Karen Daly, with Malachy on the laptop screen

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Mary Lou Quinlan

At a fall 2011 Salon, Mary Lou Quinlan read her earliest work on The God Box, a loving tribute to her late mother. She turned that book into a New York Times bestseller, website and mobile app. And with theater veteran, Martha Wollner, a one woman play “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story” Performances around the US, Ireland and at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 have raised over $300,000 for charities. Brava, Mary Lou!

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Poet Megan O’Donnell describes her poems as “…attempts to deal with the complexities of gender, race, violence, and survival through the lens of poetry.” They were “Letter to a Young Man,” “ Survival Guide,” “Window Shopping,” “Make Waves,” and a haiku “When. ” The multitalented Megan is award-winning writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and lyricist for the jam band, Sofus.

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Maura Mulligan and Patty Furlong

In another example of work debuted at a Salon, Maura Mulligan performed sean nos stepdancing for the first time at a Bar Thalia earlier this year. Just a few months later, in August, she won third-place medal in the All-Ireland sean nos competition in the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo. Trad musician Patty Furlong accompanied Maura on the button-accordion. Patty is a winner of All-Ireland titles and founding member of the world famous Cherish the Ladies traditional music group.

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Mary Lannon

More congratulations to Mary Lannon.  Her story, “Frank N. Stein,” first presented at a Salon became her first publication in www.storymagazine.org The story tells of a young woman’s quest to leave an imagined monster behind her, for those imaginary monsters can the hardest to shake!

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Maxine Linehan

“Fiercely talented “ (NY Times) Maxine Linehan introduced her song “I Think of You” by Andrew Koss and Bob Stillman at a Salon. The song, about the trials and tribulations of life in NYC is now a standard part of her repertoire. Accompanied on piano by her husband Andrew Koss, Maxine also performed a tender rendition of U2’s “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own.”   You can catch her solo show on October 17 at

http://54below.com/artist/maxine-linehan/

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Composer and accompanist, Andrew Koss

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Larry Kirwan

Larry Kirwan, IAW&A President, premiered a beautiful new song, “Floating My Way Back to You”, written about his great grandfather, a Wexford sea captain, whose ship went down off Cornwall in 1898.

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And it was only fitting that the great Malachy McCourt, author and raconteur brought the 100th Salon celebration to a close with story and song. Recently sidelined with a leg injury, Malachy, as Tom Mahon notes, was “…in rare form last night after escaping his current confinement.”

Numerous other artists credit the IAW&A Salon with encouraging and offering a supportive environment to present their work and fostering a sense of community. Some of them include John Brennan, John Cappelletti, Kathleen Donohoe, Kathleen Frazier, John Kearns, Maura Knowles, Margaret McCarthy, and Vivian O’Shaughnessy.

On the occasion of 100th IAW&A Salon, may we take this space to thank all IAW&A members and Salon goers and volunteers for their participation, encouragement and support. Special thanks to the hardworking staff at The Cell Theatre. More about IAW&A Salons at http://i-am-wa.org/salons/

Please note the next Salon is WEDNESDAY, 10/7 at 7pm at Bar Thalia.

And get your tickets now for our big annual bash. For fast and easy ticket purchases:

2015 Eugene O’Neill Award Honoring Patricia Harty of Irish America Magazine

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:00 PM

The Manhattan Club, Upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, New York, NY

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-eugene-oneill-award-honoring-patricia-harty-of-irish-america-magazine-tickets-17926140569

9/2 Salon at Bar Thalia: Traditional Songs to an Original Tune Finished in the Hallway

Filed under: Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 8:07 pm

by John Kearns
Photos by Kevin McPartland

From traditional songs to an original tune finished in the hallway of Bar Thalia, the IAW&A Salon on September 2nd was one to remember!

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Donie Carroll

Donie Carroll started off the first IAW&A Salon of September with “Moonlight in Mayo.” He followed it with a song from his CD, Divil of a Noise, “Off to Philadelphia.”

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Ray Lindie

Ray Lindie read a few pages from his screenplay, Mad Dogs Of August about the bar room scene which takes place in Niki’s Restaurant & Bar where Tinker Tobin is revealed to be an MI-5 Agent.

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Kathleen Frazier

Kathleen Frazier read from her newly released memoir, SLEEPWALKER: The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist. For reviews, advance praise and an excerpt from the memoir visit www.kathleenfrazier.com

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Kira Citron

Kira Citron read a personal essay about one particularly awkward dinner in Newport Beach, CA. This yet-untitled piece is part of a collection of similar short works.

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Michael Fizpatrick

First-time reader, Michael Fitzpatrick read a story about an old friend with whom he had lost touch.  Years later, it turned out that the friend had become a drug addict and passed away.

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John Kearns

John Kearns read excerpt from novel in progress, Worlds, an excerpt in which Rev. Sarsfield Logan, S.J. is unprepared for his homily. He tries to improvise and ends up going off on irrelevant tangents. As he descends from the pulipt, he realizes the opportunity he has lost and feels deeply ashamed.

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Kathleen O’Sullivan

Kathleen O’Sullivan read two of her poems, “My Mother, My Self” about an Irish daughter
imbibing her mother’s deep desire to reconnect with her Irish family and village after a 40 year separation and  “Desperate” about a woman’s desperate choice to plunge to her death on 911 and the transformation that she experiences during her descent as her Higher Self expands into all knowingness.

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Brendan Costello

Frequent presenter and IAW&A Board member Brendan Costello Jr. read an account of his hospital stay last fall.  The story revolved around a visit from the hospital’s in-house acoustic musician during what Brendan described as a bout of “Tylenol withdrawal,” and revealed the limits of music’s healing powers, particularly when it comes to the songs of Leonard Cohen.

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Megan O’Donnell

Megan O’Donnell, lyricist for the jam band, “Sofus” shared some of her poetry with us.

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Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon talked about some of the things that have happened for the book, “For Sue”, including recently being selected as a finalist in the memoir category by the National Indie Excellence Award. He also mentioned some conferences at which he presented the book this year, and one he is going back to in Honolulu in January where he’ll speak about his next book, Jazz Lives.

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Guenevere Donohue

Guenevere Donohue sang us out with a brand new original composition, a witty hard-driving song she calls, “Am I “Mc” Enough For Ya” or “The Narrowbacks Lament.” It was wicked fun the whole crowd could relate to, delivered in that soulful voice we have grown to love over the last three years. An exciting and inspiring way to conclude the salon!

Guenevere Donohue is the host of our next IAW&A Salon on 10/7 at Bar Thalia at 7 pm!

And don’t forget our Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award for Patricia Harty on October 19th!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-eugene-oneill-award-honoring-patricia-harty-of-irish-america-magazine-tickets-17926140569

August 21, 2015

IAW&A Salon 8/18: Talents on Display in Several Genres!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 10:53 pm

by John Kearns
Photos by Cat Dwyer

It was a hot, muggy night on Manhattan’s 23rd Street for the latest IAW&A Salon at the Cell but an enthusiastic crowd joined us anyway for an evening of prose, acting, poetry, music, and video.

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Kevin McPartland

Salon regular, novelist and short story writer Kevin R. McPartland read a short chapter from a novel in progress entitled, Brooklyn Rhapsody.  A story of old Brooklyn meets new with a rich description of a Saturday night out involving his two main characters in a raucous Park Slope American Legion Post called the Rawley.

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Rosina Fernhof

Rosina Fernhof performed the first ten minutes of Av Inlender’s solo play, Shadows, which gives voice to Russian choreographer, Nadia Arkadina’s saga of war and years of hiding, political purges, and tyranny, of her grandmother’s cryptic messages, and the suppression of her faith as an individual and a creative spirit.

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Ray Lindie

Ray Lindie read from his screenplay, Mad Dogs Of August, introducing 7 new characters two of which are principals. These pages show how the criminal element just does whatever it wants and damn the consequences.  More to come from Ray’s screenplay.

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Bernadette Cullen

Poet and adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle, Bernadette Cullen, showed her versatility with a short story. She read Listen, just Listen, a short story, with a touch of the surreal.

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Tony Pena

Reading at the Cell amongst so many talented people is always a humbling yet invigorating experience for Tony Pena who sends a sincere thank you and appreciation for those who gave him kind words of support. Tony read two gritty poems . “Eddie Ozone” was a piece about a a hot summer weekend in the fast lives of a group of young men in Alphabet City and their sad epilogue . “Twinges and Twangs” was a piece about the trials and tribulations of a mechanic’s daughter in a life akin to a sad country song.

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Alan Murray

Glasgow-born traditional guitarist, Alan Murray impressed the crowd with two songs, one a happy-ending variation on the story of the wandering stranger and the guileless young lass.

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Mike Farragher

Mike Farragher debuted his new book, A Devilish Pint, at the IAW&A Salon.  In the book, the narrator has many discussions over his favorite beverage with the devil, who apparently does cite scripture for his purpose.

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Lauren Miller

Neither Irish nor American, London-based novelist, Lauren Miller, shared some of her prose with us before dashing off to LaGuardia to pick up her brother.

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Margaret McCarthy

Since August is the month of Leo the Lion, Margaret McCarthy read her poem “Advice from The Lion At Noon” from her poetry collection Notebooks from Mystery School,  now out from Finishing Line Press.  A finalist for the New Women’s Voices Award, the collection is available at Amazon.com;  For a signed copy, contact Margaret or order from www.notebooksfrommysteryschool.com

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Tom Mahon

Tom Mahon read the second chapter of his children’s book Little Bigfoot he wrote with his son 25 years ago.  Jamie, whose point of view the story is told, first finds a strange animal, then the villain show up wanting to shoot it.  The hero’s first call to action begins in a startling way.  Visit  Tom-Mahon.com.

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John Kearns

Having gotten a strong response to the first part  at the last IAW&A Salon, John Kearns read the second part of an episode from his novel in progress, Worlds, in which the relationship among the three characters driving through Manhattan’s courthouse district is transformed into a courtroom drama. With Laura as the judge and the Englishman, Gavin, as the prosecutor, Paul Logan, acting as his on defense attorney, presents his opening statement. Accused of being more interested in Guinness than in love when he comes to the bar where Laura works, Paul reminds the court that it is Laura who always insists on staying at the bar after her shift is over.  Nearly losing his white wig, Gavin objects several times, only to be overruled.

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John McDonagh

Accompanied by video, John McDonagh performed the latest segment from his one-man show, Cabtivist, about his adventures as a cab driver and activist, leaving the audience laughing and amazed.

Our next IA&A is on Wednesday September 2nd at the Thalia.

Our 100th Salon Celebration will be on September 15th at the Cell!

Don’t forget the O’Neill Award for Patricia Harty, editor of Irish America magazine on October 19th!

See you soon!

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