The evening at the Players Club begins at 6 PM and features an all-star cast "playing all the 'wrong' roles," according to press notes. "Imagine Michael Cerveris as the teenage virgin St. Joan, or Kate Mulgrew as the teenage virgin Cleopatra, or Jane Powell as the teenage virgin Eliza." Producer David Staller directs a cast that boasts Kate Baldwin, Michael Cerveris, George S. Irving, Charlotte Moore, Jane Powell, Michael Riedel, Diane Stilwell Weinberg and Tom Viola as well as Irish musicians and others "set to participate in songs, dances and larks." Marian Seldes is the evening's special guest.
The evening, which honors associate producer Anita Jaffe, also includes a traditional old-fashioned Irish dinner: corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew, greenie pie, puddings and ales.
The Players Club is located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South. For tickets, priced $95, call (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.projectshaw.com.
The Project Shaw season will continue March 22 with The Doctor's Dilemma, April 19 with John Bull's Other Island, May 24 with Major Barbara, June 21 with Village Wooing, July 19 with Candida, Sept. 27 with Man and Superman, Oct. 25 with Cap't Brassbound's Conversion, Nov. 22 with How He Lied to Her Husband and Dec. 20 with Heartbreak House.
The Project Shaw series is produced and directed by 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.