JOHN BESHAW-FARRELL (aka John M Farrell)

John Beshaw-Farrell

John Beshaw-Farrell photo by Bobbie Kingsley

 2013 – 2014


From Brookdale Entertainments:


 Whitman Montage

Now in it’s third year of development the culmination, so far, had to be the staging of WALT WHITMAN IN IRELAND as part of Brookdale Entertainments’ double-bill at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre.   Des  Gunning described Farrell’s Whitman as “in the tradition of the Hermeticist, Giordano Bruno, forging words to create for the hearer an experience of mental, moral and spiritual uplift. The actor’s presence in the stripped-down staging achieves a rare alchemy”

Mr. Whitman  remains a key element of Brookdale’s portfolio, appearing at Festivals and Special Events throughout New York and Brooklyn.

Of all appearances so far in 2014, Mr. Whitman especially enjoyed his night as a guest of The Poetry Brothel (conceived and produced by the Poetry Society of New York).  Whitman is pictured below with Tenneesse Pink and The Madam – Nicholas Adamski and Stephanie Berger, the geniuses who invented this wonderful format.

Tenneesse Pink, The Madam and Walt at The Poetry Brothel

Among the many other events Mr. Whitman has attended this year,  he’s happy to have had some adventures with Kat George and Peter Carlaftes  of Three Room Press.

Mr. Whitman is likely to remain “Current and On-Going” for several more years to come.

Whitman at Large

You can find out more here.



written & performed by John Beshaw-Farrell

3 Lies Montage

” A performed memoir of a deeply troubled childhood Farrell makes us feel in immediate, touching and sometimes funny ways all the anger, hope, sorrow and innocence of the child he tells us was once himself. Unforgettable.  Beautiful.”

This performed memoir remains a huge priority for Brookdale.  The second installment will be performed in New York in July with an evening that fuses parts one and two lined up to perform in Edinburgh, Galway and Paris through August and September.  This new section will follow our anti-hero through his late adolescence and early twenties.  The tone is funny, street smart, filled with sex, art and gossip.

 You can find out the latest here.



written by John Beshaw-Farrell


The staged reading of The New Bohemians which took place under the auspices of and with the support of Polaris North Studios got a great reception.  Auditions for the workshop production that’s targeted for this summer will be held in late April.

Keep abreast of our progress as we inch toward a legit off-Broadway production here.


With other Companies/Groups:

Brooklyn College

Boylan Hall Brooklyn College


Polaris North Studio

Love at 30k Feet at Polaris with Eve Sorel

Academy of Everything is Possible

130817 John in Creadon with Donovan-d





































































Current (Autumn ’13-Spring ’14)

1) Managing Director of Brookdale Entertainments:  (In development)

a) Writer/Director NEW BOHEMIANS                                                                                                                     In association with Polaris North Studios (W. 29th Street, NYC)

b) Writer/Performer I’D RATHER BE WRIGHT

 A new one-man show about Frank Lloyd Wright

c) Writer/Performer 3 LIES ABOUT BROOKLYN: OR,  A BASTARD’S CHILDHOOD             Dixon Place Theater (Chyrstie Street, NYC) & European Tour, 2014

2) Teaching  DIRECTING FOR THE THEATER at Brooklyn College (IRPE)

3) Continuing to tour  WALT WHITMAN: TIME TRAVELER  to schools and festivals throughout Brooklyn and New York.

4) He is one of the Managers of The Academy of Everything is Possible an International Initiative based in Ireland that seeks to promote both the Arts and the Life of the Spirit. He is editor of their Facebook (Membership) Page.


Some Interesting Facts about John Beshaw-Farrell:

1)  Was President of the National Honor Societies of Brooklyn at 16.  Served on it’s Executive (National) Committee at 17.  Attended Columbia University on a full-scholarship.

2)  Directed his own adaptation of The Trojan Women for The Everyman Company in 1974 when he was 19.  Staged at No. 1 Front Street, this made him one of the first artists to invade the crumbling dockside that would become DUMBO.

3)  Two of Farrell’s Students while a teacher at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting have gone on to win Tony Awards:  Tom Murphy (1998, The Beauty Queen of Lehene) and Brian O’Byrne (2004, Frozen)

4) On 9 September, 2012, John Farrell married Ms. Deborah Beshaw at a service and reception held at The Montauk Club in Park Slope.  Hence, the name change to John Beshaw-Farrell.



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