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Content Hub ALL ARTS Launches A New Multi-Cultural Initiative This September

Enda Walsh

ALL ARTS, the New York-based Emmy-winning arts and culture hub, has just launched The First Twenty — a timely and topical content initiative. In doing so, it has announced its initial fall lineup featuring three original specials.

Launched in May on ALL ARTS with “Michael Mwenso Honors George Floyd” (now streaming), it is a powerful concert homage featuring some of today’s greatest Black artists, on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s killing.

Created by The WNET Group, parent company of New York’s PBS stations, ALL ARTS is breaking new ground as the premier destination for inspiring creativity and art of all forms. Aiming to be accessible to viewers everywhere, ALL ARTS’ Webby-nominated programming — from digital shorts to feature films — is available online nationwide.
The First Twenty is curated by ALL ARTS Artistic Director James King. By inviting artists from traditionally underserved communities to create culturally-relevant content, the new effort works to break down barriers and make the arts more accessible to those communities – as well as bringing their cultures, perspectives and voices to a broader society. Uncovering the ways that the first two decades of this century have impacted American art, culture and the collective consciousness, ALL ARTS premieres these three original specials this fall.

Each of these specials, created by a trio of diverse artists, illuminate how their unique cultures – Irish American, Native American and Asian American – have been affected by the first two decades of the 21st century. The other two are “Ma’s House” from Native American visual artist Jeremy Dennis and “20 Years of Asian American Playwriting” from Ralph Peña and the Ma-Yi Theater Company.

In association with Irish Arts Center’s Programming and Education Director Rachael Gilkey, the first program is titled “The First Twenty: Afterwards," a short work created by noted Irish writer Enda Walsh (“Disco Pigs,” “Once,” “Hunger.” “Lazarus” with David Bowie, “Sing Street”) in partnership with the Irish Arts Center. Having premiered on September 7th, 2021, the compelling monologue — an emotional look at how we absorb our past and how the past is a part of us — is performed by veteran actor Sarah Street (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

The second is an exploration of the evolution of Native American art from photographer and Shinnecock Indian Nation member Jeremy Dennis, debuts on October 11 in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In this verité short doc, he discusses the evolution of Native American art and building Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, an artist retreat and communal art space on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, N.Y., that will provide a safe space for free creativity and healing.

The third —The First Twenty: 20 Years of Asian American Playwriting — is a revealing documentary from Ralph Peña and the Ma-Yi Theater Company featuring interviews with Tony winner David Henry Hwang and playwright, director and filmmaker Young Jean Lee. This 30-minute documentary film — which premieres in November — showcases the evolution of the Asian American playwright over the last 20 years. It takes a close look at the shift in how Asian American plays are broadly perceived, as well as the widening scope of subjects tackled by Asian American writers that move far beyond identity politics.

All three specials will stream nationwide on the ALL ARTS app and, and premiere in the New York Metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineup). The free ALL ARTS app is available on all major streaming platforms and @AllArtsTV on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. New York area TV viewers can also watch the 24/7 broadcast channel.

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26th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Theater for the New City presents the return of the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Running May 28 to the 30th, the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts takes place at 155 1st Avenue, New York witha return to live in person performances (with Covid protection protocols in place). Now in its 26th year, the festival encompases film, comedy, music puppetry, plays, musicals cabaret, children’s programs and more as over 180 artists take part in the three day event.

The festival schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, May 28: Inside Performances 6PM - 11PM
  • Saturday, May 29: Outside Festival 1PM- 5PM; Inside Film Festival 12PM - 6PM; Inside Performances 6PM - 11PM
  • Sunday, May 30: Inside Poetry Readings 4PM - 7PM; Inside Performances 6PM - 11PM

Special guests appearing will include: James Rado (composer of Hair), Penny Arcade, Phoebe Legere, Vinie Burrows, and Reno. David Amram, Art Lillard, Mister Pablo, and Rob Varcony/Star 69 will head the list of 36 musical acts. There will be over 25 works of theater, 30 mixed-performance events, and 11 modern dance events. Eleven films, curated by Eva

To learn more, go to:

26th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
May 29 - 30, 2021

Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003

A Virtual Irish Poetry Slam For a Very Real St. Patrick's Day


The Gingold Theatrical Group announced that in lieu of the 2021 Golden Shamrock Gala, they will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Poetry Slam. The Poetry Slam will be held online on Wednesday March 17th and the event is FREE to attend but you must register here by March 15th.  There is a cap to the amount of guests who can join via Zoom, so it will also be live streamed on the GTG Faceook page.

Speakers include:

  • Robert Cuccioli
  • Tyne Daly
  • Melissa Errico
  • Jessica Hecht
  • Daniel Jenkins
  • Andrea Marcovicci
  • Tonya Pinkins
  • Thom Sesma
  • Renee Taylor
  • Sally Wilfert
  • Karen Ziemba

and more!

Along with a plethora of speakers, the even includes a digital open mic. "Ordinarily, we’d be having our annual Golden Shamrock Gala on the 17th, but…nope! This shindig will take place over Zoom! Not Irish? Not a problem. On St. Pat’s, we’re ALL a little Irish. This is just a party. Not a performance. Not a fundraiser. Just a chance for us all to raise a glass and be ‘together’..,” said David Staller, Artistic Director of Gingold Theatrical Group.

Now celebrating its 16th year, Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw made history in December 2009 as the first company ever to present performances of every one of Shaw's 65 plays (including full-length works, one-acts and sketches).

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Irish Poetry Slam
March 17. 2021


Under the Radar Festival: Daring Theater Online

Over the last 17 years, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR) has grown into a landmark event part of The Public's mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are reinventing the stage. This year’s festival, running January 6 to the 17th, continues the tradition, featuring new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad.

This year’s fest features streamed on deman and live streamed events and performances, including Capsule by Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall, ESPÍRITU by Teatro Anónimo  and directed by Trinidad González, Borders & Crossing by Inua Ellams, and more. These are performances addressing the human condition, social plights, and spiritual crises from daring artists.

To learn more, go to:

Under the Radar Festival
January 6 - 17. 2021

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