Brian Murray, Bobby Steggert, Judith Ivey, Jack Gilpin Set for November Project Shaw Readings

News   Brian Murray, Bobby Steggert, Judith Ivey, Jack Gilpin Set for November Project Shaw Readings
The Project Shaw series will continue Nov. 21 with readings of two short George Bernard Shaw comedies, Passion, Poison and Petrifaction and Press Cuttings.

Bobby Steggert
Bobby Steggert Photo by Christian Coulson

The reading at the Players Club in Manhattan will feature the talents of Brian Murray, Bobby Steggert, Judith Ivey, Jack Gilpin, Cynthia Darlow and Cynthia Harris. Tom Viola, of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will narrate the evening; Jason Zinoman, of the New York Times, will host. Show time is 7 PM.

David Staller, the acclaimed singer-actor who has produced and directed all of the Project Shaw offerings, will continue to do so for the upcoming reading.

Passion, Poison and Petrifaction, according to press notes, is one of "Shaw's most light-hearted larks involving murder, sex, betrayal, finance and seltzer. In the one-act play, a jealous husband (Murray) is willing to go to any lengths to keep his wife (Ivey) away from a young dandy (Steggert): even murder." Press Cuttings is Shaw's "suffragette comedy," involving "a Prime Minister in drag (Gilpin), a conservative General out of control (Murray), a rebellious orderly (Steggert), and some very determined women (Ivey, Darrow, Harris)."

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.

The Players Club is located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets, priced $25, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit

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