Gingold Theatrical Group’s Project Shaw, under the leadership of artistic director David Staller, continue its 11th season when it presents George Bernard Shaw’s On The Rocks October 24 at 7 PM at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).
The cast features Jeff McCarthy (Sir Arthur Chavender, the Prime Minister), Talene Monahon (Hilda Hanways), Alan Cox (Sir Broadfoot Basham), Kristin Parker (Miss Flavia Chavender), Cady Huffman (Lady Chavender), Michael Doonan (David Chavender), Robert Zukerman (Mayor Tom Humphries), Allison Layman (Aloysia Brollikins), Tony Roach (Viscount Barking), Richard Ferrone (Alderman Blee), Ed Dixon (Mr. Hipney), Margaret Loesser Robinson (The Lady), Raphael Nash Thompson (Sir Dexter Rightside), Drew McVety (Admiral Sir Bemrose Hotspot), David Sedgwick (Mr. Glenmorison), James Rana (Sir Jafna Pandranath), and Jack Gilpin (The Duke of Domesday). NY-1’s Roma Torre is the Narrator.
Written in 1933, On The Rocks, according to press notes, “combines a healthy dose of comedy and political satire. This rascally comedy is a heart-warming cocktail of money, greed, politics and sex. In this play, a beleaguered British Prime Minister is attacked from all corners and is losing hope before the arrival of a mysterious woman who changes everything.”
According to artistic director Staller, “This wildly entertaining comedy was written while the world was trying to claw out of the Great Depression. As usual with Shaw, everyone and everything gets a pie in the face. It was, in fact, the inspiration for the Brit-com, Yes, Minister. While we prepare for November’s election (finally!) Shaw gives us a chance to sit back and gain a little much-needed perspective.”
Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at www.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. GTG’s 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 at (212) 355-7823 or email@example.com.
(Updated October 24, 2016)