The reading at the Players Club, according to the Project Shaw website, will boast the talents of Jayne Houdyshell, Daniel Jenkins, Liz Morton and Robert Stanton. David Cote will host the "two and a half wacky one-acts." Show time is 7 PM. The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, according to Project Shaw, concerns "Will Shakespeare [who] meets Elizabeth I on a moolit night." In Shakes Versus Shav, "Shaw and Shakespeare (and several of their literary characters) duke it out." In Cymbeline Refinished, "Shaw sends up the endlessly confusing final Shakespearean act of Cymbeline, bringing us a speedy and happily larkishish finale!"
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 Boyant Billions (Feb. 16), 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 Jan. 1, 2009, by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.projectshaw.com.