Gingold Theatrical Group’s 13th season of Project Shaw, offering some of Shaw’s greatest works and those of his contemporaries, will continue September 24 in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).
The evening will feature readings of The New Word by J. M. Barrie and George Bernard Shaw’s O’Flaherty V.C.
Stephen Brown-Fried, GTG’s associate director, will direct a cast that includes Kerstin Anderson (currently making her Broadway debut as the Eliza Doolittle alternate in My Fair Lady), David Garrison (Married with Children, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in The Ukraine), Tony winner Maryann Plunkett (Me and My Girl, Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Plays), and A.J. Shively (Bright Star, La Cage aux Folles, Brigadoon).
The New Word takes place on the night before a young man is leaving to join the army in WWI. It’s the last chance for a family to come together with some kind of understanding. O’Flaherty, V.C. is a comic one-act play written during World War I in which an Irish soldier in the British army returns home after winning the Victoria Cross.
“Both these plays look at the unexpectedly human and often comedic experiences that occurred as part of the Great War,” says director Brown-Fried. “For both Shaw and Barrie, war included the full scope of human emotions—including humor and poignancy. These plays, along with the candid (and often shockingly funny) collection of love letters from the Great War that we’ll also be sharing, part the curtain around the surprising humanity of war, and in doing so, ask us to recognize more deeply the costs of war.”
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 at (212) 355-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.