Rory O’Malley, Julie Halston, Lauren Molina Are Part of Tonight's Geneva Reading

News   Rory O’Malley, Julie Halston, Lauren Molina Are Part of Tonight's Geneva Reading George Bernard Shaw's 1938 satire of dictators has eerie resonance for today.
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Gingold Theatrical Group’s Project Shaw series, which is under the leadership of artistic director David Staller, continues June 20 at 7 PM with a reading of George Bernard Shaw's Geneva at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

The cast comprises Lauren Molina (Begonia Brown), Rory O’Malley (The Jew), James Ludwig (The Newcomer), Julie Halston (The Widow), Michael Riedel (The Journalist), James Prendergast (The Bishop), Tim Jerome (Commissar Posky), Marc Vietor (The Secretary), Paxton Whitehead (Sir Orpheus Midlander), Bill Army (The Betrothed), Jay O. Sanders (The Judge), Victor Slezak (Bombardone), Jack Gilpin (Battler), Andrew Weems (General Flanco) and Christine Pedi (Deaconess). Ariel Estrada is The Narrator.

Written and first produced in 1938, Geneva, according to press notes, is a “wildly satirical political comedy. In it, a German Jew arrives in Geneva demanding a summit meeting designed to contain the increasingly dangerous behavior of three dictators, Herr Battler, Signor Bombardone, and General Flanco (parodies of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco). The three are brought before the International Criminal Court of the League of Nations to justify their atrocities.”

According to Staller, “This biting comedy, written on the brink of WWII, is a brilliant satire of everything that goes wrong in a political system. Shaw saw so clearly how people were desperately clinging to the largest possible political personalities making the most outrageous claims and promises, and the danger of allowing these media stars to go unchecked. Clearly, nothing has changed.”

Tickets for these script-in-hand performances are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at Symphonyspace.org. Special reserved VIP seating is available by contacting the Gingold office (212) 355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org.

(Updated June 20, 2016)

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