Gingold Theatrical Group’s Project Shaw, which is under the leadership of artistic director David Staller, kicks off its 12th season January 16 at 7 PM with a reading of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street) in Manhattan.
The cast features J. Smith-Cameron (Mrs. Warren), Talene Monahon (Vivie Warren), Victor Slezak (Sir George Crofts), A.J. Shively (Frank Gardner), Bill Kux (Praed), and Paxton Whitehead (Rev. Samuel Gardner). Irish Repertory Theatre artistic director Charlotte Moore is the Narrator.
“What price is independence in an age before women had rights?” ask press notes for Mrs. Warren’s Profession. “An estranged mother and daughter wrestle to answer that question on a hot summer weekend. This most controversial of Shaw's plays boldly tackles issues still vibrantly in current debate: roles of men and women in society, finance, sexuality, family dynamics, and most surprisingly, prostitution.”
According to Staller, “We are devoting our entire 2017 season to ‘Women Take the Stage: GBS and 100 Years of Women’s Rights.’ To celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in New York, we’ll bring you some of Shaw’s most powerful and compelling women (including Mrs. Warren and Candida) as well as Oscar Wilde’s infamous Woman of No Importance, and two early 20th century women writers: Elizabeth Robins’ provocative Votes For Women, and Rachel Crothers’ inflammatory A Man’s World. This is a rare chance to see these seminal works of early feminism.”
Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at symphonyspace.org. Special reserved VIP seating is available for $50 by contacting the Gingold office at (212) 355-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those interested in off-site discourses, each Project Shaw event is followed by a talk-back with cast members. Staller is also hosting a monthly Shaw Club discussion group. They meet the Wednesday before every Project Shaw event at 520 8th Avenue. Reservations are required by calling (212) 355-7823 or emailing email@example.com.
(Updated January 16, 2017)