By Anthony Murphy
Photos by John Kwok
Kate McLeod then read a short yet powerful poem, a despairing cry concerning the human condition. Kate is a regular at the salon, and is a librettist and lyricist and is working on an all-consuming project, I Heart My Car: The Musical.
Thom Molyneaux opened the second half of the night with two monologues of Shakespeare’s Henry V exploring what it means to be King and a third of Dylan Thomas explaining what it means to be a poet, from Sydney Michaels play Dylan. Thom was delighted with the reception he received and especially with the connection between himself and the audience as Dylan explains how “Baa Baa, Black Sheep” is actually the story of his life and that “Have you any wool?” is the request life makes of poets, “Have you any long rainbow strands of wooly thoughts to be woven into the dense and lovely fabric of poems, which are the ferventest of prayers by which men praise God and this his slapdash Eden, continually lost and found and lost, alas.” Words like that certainly make the job easy.
Board member John Munnelly rounded things off with three self-penned songs, accompanied by his own twelve string guitar. An always welcome listen, or singalong, his improvisational wit can be next enjoyed as part of the Improv. Rep. Theatre Ensemble (IRTE). They have a show, vIRTEgo Circus that starts at The Producers Club, West 44th Street, on Friday16th Feb, and runs through St. Patrick’s weekend, Fridays and Saturdays only.
John’s final song brought the evening to a close on a positive note.
Unfortunately we have to end this note with some sad news. It is with heavy hearts we announce the untimely passing of our dear colleague Jay Wanczyk. Jay was a warm and generous man, always friendly, curious, and above all supportive.
He was an enthusiastic attendee and participant in our Salons, and his photography helped us document our Salons and other events. Jay brought positive energy wherever he went and he epitomized IAW&A’s spirit of convivial community.
Jay made our world a better place. He will be sorely missed.