The reading at the Players Club will boast the talents of Bryan Batt, Veanne Cox, George S. Irving, Charlotte Moore, Ed Dixon, Graham Rowat, Loni Ackerman, Ezra Barnes, Emma Archid, William DeMeritt, John Martello and Marshall Factora. Critic David Sheward will host the 7 PM performance. Buoyant Billions, according to press notes, is "one of Shaw's wittiest and least known plays, written towards the end of his very long life. The plot: after WWII, a rich young man (Bryan Batt) decides to venture forth into the world and become a professional 'world betterer.' Along the way he meets a rich young saxophone playing heiress (Veanne Cox) who treats him so dreadfully that he becomes fascinated by her…and her entire peculiar family."
The Project Shaw series is produced and directed by David Staller, who acted with Dana Ivey in Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The series intends to offer every sketch, full-length and one-act play by the late playwright.
Past participants include Blair Brown, Mark Kudisch, Kerry Butler, Tyne Daly, Jonathan Hadary, Daniel Jenkins, Rebecca Luker, Michael Cerveris, Karen Ziemba, Michele Pawk, Bruce Vilanch, Jack Gilpin and George S. Irving.
Project Shaw will continue with GTG Benefit with O'Flaherty V.C. (March 16), Inca of Perusalem (April 20), Glimpse of Reality/The Man of Destiny (May 18), Six of Calais/Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles (June 15), Mrs. Warren's Profession (July 20), Back to Methuselah (Part One) (Sept. 21), Back to Methuselah (Part Two) (Oct. 19), On the Rocks (Nov. 16) and Why She Would Not (Dec. 14).
The Players Club is located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets, priced $20, will be available beginning Feb. 1, 2009, by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.projectshaw.com.