Gingold Theatrical Group's 14th season of Project Shaw continues July 22 with a reading of Githa Sowerby's 1924 play The Stepmother. The recently rediscovered play has been seen in London, but the one-night-only reading marks its New York premiere.
Directed by Kathy Gail MacGowan, the cast features Jordan Ahnquist (When Pigs Fly, Shear Madness), MaryKate Harris (Chaplin, Cocktail), Steven Hauck (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Bill Kux (The Trip to Bountiful, Gore Vidal's The Best Man), Rachel Pickup (Present Laughter), Victor Slezak (The Graduate, Jackie), and Lindsay Ryan (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!).
The Stepmother, which tackles the tensions of female independence in a patriarchal society, follows a young woman fighting to create a life for herself.
“Githa Sowerby, though unknown in this country, took London by storm with her revolutionary Rutherford and Son, and was a much celebrated English playwright, children’s book writer, and powerful member of the Fabian Society. A feminist and human rights activist, she was a great inspiration to other women artists. Shaw was a huge fan and very much encouraged her to write The Stepmother, a highly entertaining play about a woman finally standing up to male entitlement,” said GTG Artistic Director David Staller.
All the plays in the series are presented at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at SymphonySpace.org. Special reserved VIP seating is available for $55 by contacting the Gingold office at (212) 355-7823 or email@example.com.
(Updated July 22, 2019)