Abingdon Theatre Company to Present Real-Life Shavian Romance, Engaging Shaw; Cast Announced

News   Abingdon Theatre Company to Present Real-Life Shavian Romance, Engaging Shaw; Cast Announced
Off-Broadway's Abingdon Theatre Company will present the New York City premiere of John Morogiello's Engaging Shaw, a play about the unlikely but true relationship between playwright George Bernard Shaw and wealthy socialite Charlotte Payne-Townshend.
Warren Kelley
Warren Kelley

Jackob G. Hofmann will direct the play, which will run April 9-May 2, with an official opening April 18, at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in Manhattan. According to Abingdon notes, "A confirmed bachelor and philanderer, Shaw is a challenge for Ms. Payne-Townshend, who is determined to romance an unromantic man."

The cast will feature Warren Kelley (as Shaw), Marc Geller, Jamee Vance and Claire Warden. Kelley, a busy regional and Off-Broadway actor, appeared in Abingdon's Freudian Slips.

The creative team will include set designer Ken Larson, costume designer Deborah Caney, lighting designer Matthew McCarthy and music designer Larry Spivack.

Shaw (1856-1950) wrote over 50 plays, including Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Major Barbara, Saint Joan and Arms and the Man.

Playwright Morogiello's plays include the FringeNYC hit Irish Authors Held Hostage, Stonewall's Bust, Bushwa: A Modern Ubu and Absolute Amy.

The performance schedule for Engaging Shaw will be Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. The opening performance April 18 will take place at 5 PM and will be the only performance of the show that day.

The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street. For tickets, call (212) 868-2055 or visit abingdontheatre.org.

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