George Bernard Shaw's Debut Play Returns Off-Broadway

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The 1892 drama Widowers' Houses was the first play ever written by the Nobel Prize winner.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw

TACT Theatre and Gingold Theatrical Group present Widowers' Houses Off-Broadway beginning March 1, the first play ever written by George Bernard Shaw.

The production, helmed by David Staller, will officially open March 13 at The Beckett Theatre @ Theatre Row, with performances scheduled to run through April 2.

The play was penned by Shaw in 1982 when he was a young arts journalist, written in response to a dare by a fellow critic. It follows the story of a man who uncovers a secret about his family-to-be and is forced to choose between his love and his ideals.

The Widowers' Houses revival features Jeremy Beck (The Cocktail Party), Jonathan Hadley (Rothschild & Sons), Hanna Cheek (The Persians…a comedy about war with five songs), Terry Layman (Cat On a Hot Tin Roof), Talene Monahon (Encores! The Wild Party) and John Plumpis (The Man Who Had All the Luck).

The production has scenic design by Brian Prather, lighting design by Peter West, costume design by Barbara A. Bell, sound design by Toby Jaguar Algya and prop design by Lytza Colon. Kelly Burns serves as production stage manager, with Cate DiGirolamo as production manager.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (800) 872-8997. The Beckett Theatre @ Theatre Row is located at 410 W. 42nd St., Manhattan.

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