A Christmas Carol for The Rockaways

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Joe Hurley’s Ourland presents…
A Christmas Carol for The Rockaways

Gala benefit commemorating Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday.
Reading, acting and singing for the Rockaways
Featuring Lucinda Hawksley, the great- granddaughter of Charles, telling the story behind ‘A Christmas Carol’, Q & A with the audience, signing copies of her latest bestseller ‘The Dickens Bicentenary’, and a meet & greet, serving hot apple cider.
Also scheduled to appear:
Colum McCann, Mary Norris, Cara Seymour, Joe Hurley, Michael McGlone, Edgar Oliver, Meg Griffin , The Canby Singers & many more TBA.

RSVP via facebook
This is ticketed event: Stage seating: $200, house seating: $100
Purchase tickets online
Proceeds will go to the Rockaway Graybeards Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
Theatre 80
80 St. Marks Place (near 1st Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 388-0388

click for event poster.

Performer Bios:
(these are the early confirmed guest stars, with more TBA)

Colum McCann, Author of the National Book Award-winning novel, Let the Great World Spin

Cara Seymour, whose films include Gangs of NY, Hotel Rwanda, An Education, The Music Never Stopped.

Michael McGlone, best known as the noiresque spokesman for GEICO and Edward Burns’s brother in The Brothers McMullen and She’s the One.

Joe Hurley who, aside from singing with everyone from The Cheiftains to Judy Collins, narrated the double Audie Award winning book of Keith Richard’s Memoir, Life along with Johnny Depp.  Proceeds from Joe Hurley’s single “Rockaway“, coming mid December, will go to Breezy Point Disaster Relief.

Mary Norris, veteran New Yorker copy editor and Canby Singer is presently also working on her forthcoming book, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

James Braly is the writer and performer of the monologue Life in a Marital Institution, Reviewed as “gaspingly funny” (Variety), “never less than excellent” (The New York Times), Optioned for film & television by Meredith Vieira Productions.

Dana McCoy‘s songs have topped charts worldwide, her CD, “Taking Shape” was a Billboard Top 10 Album of the Year. Dana’s performed her plays “Prom Queens” and “Cube Rat” Off-broadway and at Edinburgh Fringe, is now headed out on tour with NY Fringe Outstanding Musical “MoM”.

Alphie McCourt is the youngest of the four McCourt brothers and the third—after Frank and Malachy—to pen a memoir about his life in Ireland and the U.S. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Villager (New York), The Irish Times and more. His “Christmas Trilogy” is now available on iTunes.

Jill Santoriello‘s Broadway musical adaptation of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards; Outstanding New Musical and Best Actor. The play also received three Drama Desk Award nominations.

Bob Hardt is the political director and executive producer at NY1 News as well as a Rockaways Resident. Here is his blog reporting on Hurricane Sandy from his home.

The Canby Singers have championed a vast range of lesser-known choral music, from medieval song through new commissions by contemporary composers since their founding in 1957. The Canby Singers perform several concerts a year in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the greater NYC area.

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