Anastasia Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil, Tony Sheldon, and More Set for Shaw’s Getting Married

Readings and Workshops   Anastasia Tony Nominee Mary Beth Peil, Tony Sheldon, and More Set for Shaw’s Getting Married David Staller directs the June 26 reading as part of the Project Shaw series.
Mary Beth Peil
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Gingold Theatrical Group’s Project Shaw, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Staller, continues June 26 with a reading of George Bernard Shaw’s 1908 comedy Getting Married. The 7 PM reading will be held at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

Directed by Staller, the cast features Robert Zukerman (Alderman Collins), Tony nominee Tony Sheldon (Bishop of Chelsea), Stephen Shore (Cecil Sykes), Kimberly Immanuel (Edith Bridgenorth), Bradford Cover (General Bridgenorth), Richard Gallagher (St. John Hotchkiss), Cynthia Darlow (Alice Bridgenorth), Rachel Botchan (Leo Bridgenorth), Kelly McAndrew (Lesbia Grantham), Darius de Haas (Reginald Bridgenorth), Thom Sesma (Rev. O.C. Soames), and Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil (Mrs. George Collins). Daphne Gaines is the Narrator.

“George Bernard Shaw’s Getting Married is a provocative tale of creative couplings, states production notes. “The Bishop’s daughter is getting married, but second thoughts are flying through the air. Lesbia is determined to live without a man, but wants to have a child. Hotchkiss has broken up a marriage but is it the husband or wife he’s interested in? All converge to forge a partnership agreement between consenting adults to try and circumvent the traditional marriage contract. And then the mysterious Mrs. Collins arrives to throw everyone off balance.”

According to director Staller, “The idea of examining the definition of what marriage means is nothing new. Even in 1908, Shaw was inspired to question the purpose of legal commitments and who has the right to define unions between two consenting adults. This comedy is wall to wall delightful surprises.”

Now celebrating its 12th year, Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw made history in December 2009 as the first company ever to present performances of every one of Shaw's 65 plays (including full-length works, one-acts, and sketches). The company now also includes plays by writers who most inspired Shaw to begin his playwriting career, including work by Chekhov, Ibsen, Wilde, Barrie, and Harley Granville-Barker, while continuing its new play development and educational programs.

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 (212) 355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org.

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(Updated June 26, 2017)

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