From Chekhov, the evening will feature new translations of Swan Song, a brief play in which an actor finally takes a sobering look at his life after he has just given his final performance (featuring Tony winner George S. Irving and John Cariani); and A Tragedian in Spite of Himself, a comedic take on the roles we allow ourselves to undertake in life (featuring Cariani). Irving, 92, is an original cast member of Broadway classics Oklahoma!, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Can-Can, Bells Are Ringing, among others.
The Shaw offering is Press Cuttings, a short comedy about the struggle for women’s rights and the ever-present power of the press. The cast will include Fritz Weaver, Cariani, Jackie Hoffman, Cynthia Harris, Christine Pedi and Diane Stilwell Weinberg.
“We’re thrilled at GTG/Project Shaw to bring our loyal audiences Chekhov for the first time in this series,” said Staller in a statement. “We will be presenting the world premiere of new adaptations of two of the Russian master's short but potent comedies. Along with Ibsen, Chekhov was the man responsible for inspiring Shaw to write plays in the first place. Joining these two delightful pieces will be one short Shaw play about women's rights and the power of the press.”
Now celebrating its 10th 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).
Under the leadership of artistic director David Staller, the season continues Oct. 19 with The Doctor's Dilemma, Nov. 23 with John Bull's Other Island and Dec. 21 with The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at www.symphonyspace.org. Symphony Space is located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street).