Gingold Theatrical Group’s Project Shaw, which is under the leadership of artistic director David Staller, concludes its 11th season December 19 at 7 PM with a reading of George Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).
The cast includes Christine Pedi (Megaera), Seth Rudetsky (Androcles), L. Steven Taylor (the Lion), Nick Corley (Centurion), Nikki M. James (Lavinia), William DeMeritt (The Captain), Jay Russell (Lentulus), Everett Quinton (Mentellus), Jonathan Hadley (Spintho), Jim Brochu (Ferrovius), Evan Zes (The Ox Driver), Roberto Cambeiro (Retiarius), Christian Ryan (Secutor), Ward Sexton (The Call), Aaron Lee Battle (The Editor), Daniel Schwait (The Keeper), and Peter Bartlett (The Emperor). Ethan Litwin is the Narrator.
One of Shaw’s absurd light comedies, the story, according to press notes, “following the fate of a group of Christians being faced with a horrible death in the Roman Coliseum. Based on Aesop’s most famous of Fables, Shaw gives it his unique twist, incorporating his passionate plea for human rights and the importance of tolerance.”
Staller previously stated, “Shaw spent his life trying to help empower the disenfranchised among us and, face it, that’s everyone at some point. Embracing the old myth of the meek man coming to the rescue of a mighty lion in ancient Rome, Shaw employs the then new cult of Christianity as his sounding board. In this timely comedy, he asks us to challenge our concept of faith, of self, and of the power of a government that does not seek to represent its entire population.”
Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or by visiting symphonyspace.org. Special reserved VIP seating is available for $50 by contacting the Gingold office (212) 355-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.