The reading at the Players Club in Manhattan features the talents of Brian Murray, Bobby Steggert, Judith Ivey, Jack Gilpin, Allison Mackie and Cynthia Harris. Tom Viola, of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, narrates the evening; Jason Zinoman, of the New York Times, hosts. Show time is 7 PM.
David Staller, the acclaimed singer-actor who has produced and directed all of the Project Shaw offerings, handles both duties for this evening.
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 www.projectshaw.com.