Shaw Festival Will Feature Critics Symposium, Plus Reading of Otherland, Starring Alison Fraser | Playbill

News Shaw Festival Will Feature Critics Symposium, Plus Reading of Otherland, Starring Alison Fraser Gingold Theatrical Group, which is under the leadership of artistic director David Staller, will present Shaw New York 2014, the annual Shaw-based festival in New York City.

Events will be held throughout December at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South) and Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

“Each year, GTG presents a series of events woven around our annual full production of a Shaw play. In keeping with the Shavian spirit of lively debate and spirited exchange of ideas, each event allows for a maximum of audience participation,” said Staller in a statement.

Major Barbara, a co-production between The Pearl Theatre Company and Gingold Theatrical Group, runs through Dec. 14 at the Pearl Theatre.

Details of Shaw New York follow:

Dec. 1 at 5 PM at The Players Club
"Critics’ Symposium - Come watch a team of critics examine the ever-changing needs of their field. This panel will include Joe Dziemianowicz (NY Daily News), Adam Feldman (TimeOut NY), Jesse Green (New York Magazine), Frank Rizzo (Hartford Courant/Variety), David Rooney (The Hollywood Reporter), Elisabeth Vincentelli (New York Post), and Jason Zinoman (The New York Times), moderated by Frank Rizzo. Tickets are $10, with limited seating." Reservations a must; call (212) 352-3101 or visit Dec. 8 at 3 PM at The Players Club
"A Shaw Symposium with an international team of actors, directors and Shaw scholars will meet at The Players to toss around themes woven through Major Barbara - including but not limited to what does it mean to be a moral person in a modern world. Cast members from Major Barbara will be participating, with special guests Charlotte Moore (Irish Repertory Theatre), Kate Farrington (Pearl Theatre), Ellen Dolgin (International Shaw Society), Andrew M. Flescher (Professor SUNY Stony Brook), and Ethan E. Litwin (Hughes Hubbard & Reed). Moderated by director David Staller. This event is FREE, with limited seating." Reservations a must; call (212) 352-3101 or visit

Dec. 15 at 7 PM at The Players Club
"A candle-lit Shaw Concert featuring the internationally renowned The Tesla Quartet in one of New York’s most beautiful rooms, celebrating some of Shaw’s favorite musical selections and, as always, a new work: including Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet in A-flat major, Op. 105; Erberk Eryılmaz (b. 1989) Miniatures, Set No. 4; Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 'Razumovsky.'" Tickets are $20; call (212) 352-3101 or visit

Dec. 22 at 7 PM at Symphony Space
"As part of the monthly Project Shaw, Gingold Theatrical Group will present a staged reading of a new play, Otherland by David Cote (Time Out NY’s New York’s theater editor) commissioned by Gingold Theatrical Group, featuring Alison Fraser, Miriai Sithole, Jeremy Shamo, April Matthis, Moses Villarama, Nick Choksi, and Zachary Spicer, directed by David Staller. This fascinating comedy follows a young woman determined to come to terms with a past that may or may not be true." Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre space is completely disabled accessible. Tickets are $20, Symphony Space Box Office, (212) 864-5400 or online at

For more information about Project Shaw and the Gingold Theatrical Group, contact (212) 355-7823 or [email protected] or

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