Reading of Mrs. Warren's Profession, with Harriet Harris, Richard Easton, Matt Doyle, Offered May 20
By Andrew Gans
The Project Shaw series continues May 20 with a reading of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession.
The reading at the Players Club in Manhattan features Tony winner Harriet Harris in the title role with Amelia Pedlow as Vivie Warren, Richard Easton as Sir George Crofts, Matt Doyle as Frank Gardner, Matthew Sullivan as Praed and Lenny Wolpe as Rev. Samuel Gardner. Roma Torre of NY1 narrates.
Show time is 7 PM.
David Staller, the acclaimed singer-actor who has produced and directed all of the Project Shaw offerings, handles those same duties for this reading.
The play, according to press notes, concerns "an estranged mother and daughter [who] wrestle to answer that question on a hot summer weekend. This most controversial of Shaw’s plays boldly tackles issues still vibrantly in current debate: roles of men and women in society, finance, sexuality, family dynamics, and most surprisingly, prostitution."
Gingold Theatrical Group, according to artistic director Staller, is honoring the NCAC (National Coalition Against Censorship) May 20 for its tireless work on behalf of freedom of speech. Mrs. Warren's Profession was not only shut down on its 1905 opening night in New York, but the entire cast was arrested. Accepting the award are Joan Bertin and Svetlana Mintcheva.
Project Shaw events for 2013 also include Too True To Be Good (June 24); On the Rocks (July 22); Shaw with Ibsen's League of Youth (Sept. 16); Shaw with Wilde's short stories (Oct. 21); Shaw with Chekhov's short stories (Nov. 18); and Super Shaw (Dec. 16).
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.
The Players Club is located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets, priced $30, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit projectshaw.com.
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