The evening at the Players Club features the talents of Pam Paul as Mrs. Basham; Ed Dixon as Isaac Newton; Graham Rowat as George Fox; Daniel Jenkins as King Charles II; Nancy Anderson as Nell Gwynn; Jenn Thompson as Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland; Hannah Cabell as Louise de Kerouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth; Lorenzo Pisoni as James, Duke of York; Bill Kux as Godfrey Kneller; and Mary Bacon as Queen Catherine of Braganza. Alexis Soloski of the Village Voice narrates the evening, which begins at 7 PM.
In Good King Charles's Golden Days is described as such: "Imagine this: it's 1680 and you're in Isaac Newton's house. In walks King Charles II in hot pursuit by all of his mistresses, including the notorious Nell Gwyn. What follows is a tremendous send-up of philosophy, playwriting, acting and an iconic argument bracing Science against the Arts. As usual, Shaw has a field day by challenging everything we hold near and dear."
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 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.
Also scheduled for the 2008 Project Shaw season are Farfetched Fables (April 21), The Devil's Disciple (May 19), Great Catherine with Annajanska, The Wild Grand Duchess (June 23), Major Barbara (July 21), Caesar and Cleopatra (Sept. 22), The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (Oct. 20), Jitta's Atonement (Nov. 17) and Saint Joan (Dec. 22). The Players Club is located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets, priced $20, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.projectshaw.com.