The evening features a reading of George Bernard Shaw's O'Flaherty V.C. as well as "a down home Irish dinner": corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew, veggie pie, pudding and stout and ale. The GTG benefit boasts the talents of Michael Cerveris, Brian Murray, Jane Powell, Marian Seldes, Diane Stilwell Weinberg, George S. Irving and KT Sullivan with Dennis Buck.
In O'Flaherty V.C., press notes state, "an Irish soldier (Cerveris) has come home to Ireland having been given the royal Victoria Cross for heroism in WWI. His local squire (Murray) is astonished. The only problem is how to keep his mother (Powell) from finding out he was fighting to defend England! It's a rare, wicked and riotous political comedy from Dublin's proudest son, G.B.S."
The evening begins with a 6 PM reception, followed by dinner at 7 PM and the reading at 8 PM.
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 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. The Gala evening is sold out. For more information visit www.projectshaw.com.