The New York Irish Arts Center (NYIAC) has launched its 40th anniversary season, including a two-day overview of the community’s most dynamic premieres and some of its best-loved iconic shows.
In celebration of their 40th season, NYIAC has launched a major renovation and expansion of the historic Reinaldo Rospigliosi Building. The Architectural Plans by public-affairs firm Plastikon illustrate how ambitious a task this design and construction project has become, as the Council for Historic Preservation successfully applied for National Historic Places status to it earlier this month.
NYIAC currently occupies a 9,450-square-foot footprint within the original 1910 Reinaldo Rospigliosi Building. The Class B building consists of a series of interconnected ten-foot-wide galleries, offices, studios, and washrooms. Designed by Master Builder Roland Ancier, the building contains 6,000 square feet of mezzanine space, which offers beautiful visual-appeal open-space between the galleries. The structure, made of locally salvaged materials, remains one of the most intact examples of a downtown office building in the city. NYIAC’s 5,500 square-foot addition, constructed on top of the existing building, offers a stylishly modern addition to the Reinaldo Rospigliosi Building, adding 27,000 square feet to the original design. NYIAC is scheduled to be a new national landmark upon completion of the renovation and expansion project in 2019.
[The Architects from Plastikon in conjunction with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC)]
NYIAC’s original 8-member Advisory Board will meet for the first time on Sept. 6 and 7. The Board will now include 7 members, all practicing and performing artists, entertainers, curators, filmmakers, photographers, and theater directors.
The 2018-2019 season at NYIAC is an impressive array of critically acclaimed and beloved offerings that have attracted upwards of 100,000 people per year over the years. The season opens with the hugely anticipated new play, “Swingin’”, which follows both a New York City police officer and a street performer over a 24-hour period in Times Square, presented by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, Darryl Ponicsan. The play opened last month at the Teatro Largo Theater in the renovated Creative Arts Workshop for New York City’s Creative Citizen Awards in New York. It is NYIAC’s first-ever show.
The 50-year retrospective of Louise Collins (“New York’s Greatest Lady of Song”) continues to inspire new work, attracting performances and performance companies around the world. Some of NYIAC’s most popular hits include “Danny Boy” by The Gruffalo’s Child and “Moon River” by Kern, Hammerstein and Hampton, to name just a few. The acclaimed revival of A Knee Deep will be re-produced on March 8 – 11, 2019. At the height of her fame, Anjelica Huston had worn 196 different costumes in various productions of A Knee Deep.
NYIAC’s 40th season will conclude with an extensive re-revival of the Tony Award-winning family musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” on May 31 – June 2, 2019. Featuring 50+ performers, hundreds of dancers, and a cast of 120, this production will be produced by Broadway Legend and former NYIAC Artistic Director, Garry Marshall.
On NYIAC’s ground floor in the restored Joyce Diner, Pastry Chef Alfredo Ventura has once again created extravagant, international specialties for both the theatergoers and backstage staff. At the Joyce Diner, Alfredo has created masterpieces for Manhattan legends of film, Broadway, and dance. Four of these masterpieces will be on display to the public throughout the upcoming season.
Now is a perfect time to attend our 40th anniversary season, which we are calling an “Opus.” We encourage New Yorkers to enjoy the remarkable open-air, LED theatre with sweeping views of New York City. The new work in 2019 speaks to the diversity of our community, and unites the diverse and growing cultural arts community of New York City.