Project Shaw Debuts at Symphony Space Oct. 28 with Reading of Don Juan, Featuring Richard Easton, Alison Fraser
28 Oct 2013
Following eight years of readings at The Players Club in Gramercy Park, Gingold Theatrical Group’s Project Shaw, which is under the leadership of artistic director David Staller, makes its home at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre beginning Oct. 28.
The series, which presents monthly readings of plays by George Bernard Shaw, inaugurate its new home at 7 PM with a reading of Don Juan. Directed by Staller, the cast boasts Tony Award winner Richard Easton, Tony Award nominees Michael Cumpsty and Alison Fraser with Max Gordon Moore. Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies hosts the evening, which features special performances by Tony Award winner George S. Irving and Tony Award nominee Charlotte Rae, with Beth Ertz on the piano.
Don Juan in Hell, according to press notes, is described as such: "This infamous dream scene from Shaw's epic comedy Man and Superman… offers a quartet of characters exploring the notion of where to spend eternity: Heaven or Hell. They entice each other with opposing points of view in this language-rich highly prized Shavian play-within-a-play, which is inspired by Mozart's Don Giovanni."
Upcoming Project Shaw events include Candida (Nov. 25); The Devil’s Disciple (Dec. 16), Arms and the Man (Jan. 27, 2014); The Philanderer (February 24); St. Patrick's Day Gala (March 17); An Oscar Wilde Evening (April 14), Heartbreak House (May 12), Getting Married (June 23), A 'Super Shaw' Evening (July 28), Village Wooing (Sept. 29), An Ibsen Evening (Oct. 27), The Millionairess (Nov. 24) and Major Barbara (Dec. 22).
Now in its eighth 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).
Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre space accommodates 170 patrons and is completely disabled accessible. Symphony Space is located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). Tickets, priced $30, are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or online at symphonyspace.org.
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