The evening at the Players Club will feature the talents of Bridget Regan as Begonia Brown, Jeremy Webb as the Jew, John Scherer as a Newcomer, Carole Shelley as the Widow, Michael Riedel as a journalist, Howard Kissel as the Bishop, George S. Irving as Commisar Posky, Peter Flynn as the Secretary, Simon Jones as Sir Orpheus Midlander, Scott Alan Evans as the Betrothed, Boyd Gaines as the Judge, Craig Wroe as Bombardone, John Bolton as Battler, John Martello as General Flanco and Charlotte Moore as Deaconess. Michael Feingold hosts the 7 PM reading.
"It's 1938 and the world is on the brink of World War II," according to Geneva press notes. "An aristocratic German Jew, who has fled Nazi Germany, arrives in Geneva asking for help. A pretty young secretary (Begonia Brown), left to run the International Committee for Peace office alone, writes a letter to the League of Nations. Eventually, Hitler, Franco and Mussolini all converge on Geneva for a peace trial to state their case."
The Project Shaw series is produced and directed by Staller, who acted with Dana Ivey in Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Irish Repertory Theatre. The series intends to offer every sketch, full-length and one-act play by the playwright.
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.
Also slated for the 2008 Project Shaw line-up are Too Good to Be True (Feb. 11), Good King Charles Days (Mar. 17), Farfetched Fables (April 21), The Devil's Disciple (May 19), Great Catherine with Annajanska, The Wild Grand Duchess (June 23), Major Barbara (July 21), Caesar and Cleopatra (Sept. 22), The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (Oct. 20), Jitta's Atonement (Nov. 17) and Saint Joan (Dec. 22). The Players Club is located in Manhattan at 16 Gramercy Park South. Tickets, priced $20, are available by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.projectshaw.com.