The spring season invites Staten Islanders to theater, outdoor readings and concerts. Find out what’s on tap.

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Spring has arrived, the flowers are in bloom and Staten Islanders are enjoying seasonal plays, concerts and parties.

For starters, Staten Islander Gavin Matthias will bring his “unoriginal musical,” “The Fourth Wall” to this year’s New York Theater Festival for three performances beginning Tuesday, May 10, May 11, and May 14 at Teatro Latea, 107 Suffolk St. the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The new musical with book, music and lyrics by Matthias, follows senior high school life during the last week before graduation.

There’s a catch, though – the whole show is cliche.

Dylan Stanley, left, and Geoffrey Matthias review a song with composer/lyricist/director Gavin Matthias for the new musical ‘The Fourth Wall’. (Courtesy of Charlie Siedenburg) Staten Island Advance

A narrator guides the audience through the unfolding events as the show satirizes the standard Broadway musical formula to which it pays homage.

The cast also includes Islanders Nicole Cavalieri, Olivia Correa, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Joey Lebron, Nate Krajnak, Geoffrey Matthias, Gabriel Oliviera, Mina Perez, Dylan Stanley, Kevin Torello with Matthias as ‘narrator’. Steve Rosenberg and Rich Gainer are in the band.


A performer, multi-instrumentalist, composer/lyricist and director, Matthias wrote his first musical titled “Downtown” last year, which was performed at Travis’ Little Victory Theater. A graduate of Curtis High School, he is currently a sophomore in music at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

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Gavin Matthias (Courtesy/Charlie Siedenburg) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

Matthias has had starring roles in Spotlight Theater Company productions of ‘Our Town’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Seussical’, ‘Elf’ and ‘Peter Pan’. He said that Spotlight Theater Company was very special to him and notes that he is eternally grateful to MaryLee Aloia and Jacques Stewart for providing him with an artistic home and rehearsal space for “The Fourth Wall”.

Matthias also staged and musically directed the show with choreography by Elizabeth Fitzpatrick. Kevin Torello is assistant director.

Performances are Tuesday, May 10 at 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for general seats and $45 for VIP seats. THE FOURTH WALL: A UNIQUE MUSIC – Innovation Tickets


Staten Island OutLOUD and the Noble Maritime Collection have teamed up to explore the poetry of Joy Harjo, the first Native American writer to be honored as a United States Poet Laureate – and “Native American Whalemen and the World,” a Nancy story Shoemaker.

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Joy Harjo, the first Native American writer to be honored as an American Poet Laureate. (Courtesy/Facebook)Staten Island Advance

And while the story of Native American sailors is itself fascinating, few people know about the talent and accomplishments of these brave individuals. Organizers ask attendees to meet at the Noble Maritime Collection, located on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

“This is an opportunity to learn more about this side of our nation’s history,” said Beth Gorrie, founder of Staten Island OutLOUD. To visit

Special guests at the event will be investigative journalist Stephanie Woodard, who will feature photos of Staten Island native Joseph Zummo. Woodard has written extensively on Native American society and culture.

Award-winning photographer Zummo chronicles life in Native American communities.


Ray Heffernan, organizer of the Hamilton Park House Concerts, welcomes back British singer/songwriter Graham Parker on Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

Concerts at the Hamilton Park House

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Dubbed the best-kept secret in the west, the outdoor concert will take place in the backyard of 29 Harvard Ave. in New Brighton.

Tickets are priced at $45 in advance.

Call 718 815-0815 for reservations and additional information or email Heffernan at

The payment options are: to Ray-Heffernan, “zelle” to or checks can be mailed to, Ray Heffernan, 29 Harvard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301.