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Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS

Gingold Theatrical Group's PROJECT SHAW -- now in the fourth year of its four-year series --continued its mission of tackling every play George Bernard Shaw ever wrote with its 44th presentation: Shaw's ON THE ROCKS.  The production was performed on Monday, November 16 at 7:00pm at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South) in Manhattan. David Staller, who has produced and directed all of the concert readings, helmed ON THE ROCKS.

ON THE ROCKS is a heart-warming cocktail about money, greed, politics and sex. This viciously witty 1933 comedy tackles the unthinkable concept of a country in the midst of an economic depression. Unemployment, health care, human rights...the list is endless. It's a riotous
cast of characters, assembled as only possible in the always-surprising imagination of George Bernard Shaw.

The cast for ON THE ROCKS featured Kelli BarrettReed Birney, Carole J. Bufford, Ian Gould, Jeffrey HardyJayne Houdyshell, George S. Irving, Tim JeromeWilliam McCauleySal MistrettaChristine Pedi, Rames Rana, Jeff SteitzerJoel Van Liew, Daine Stillwell Weinberg, Nick Wyman and Anatol Yusef. The play was introduced by theatre critic David Sheward of Backstage and NY1 On Stage.

PROJECT SHAW's concert readings will continue into its fifth year starting on January 25th, 2010. Next year will also see an expansion into fully mounted productions.

Among those actors who have previously appeared are Marian SeldesBrian Murray,Cheyenne JacksonMegan MullallyKaren Ziemba, Jayne Houdyshell, Blair BrownJohn CullumVeanne CoxMarc KudischRebecca LukerCheyenne JacksonCharlotte RaeFritz Weaver, Kate Mulgrew, Charles BuschGary Beach and Daphne Rubin-Vega.

As Shaw began his theatrical life as a critic, (and since we don't invite reviews), members of the press have also been involved in each reading. Among those who have introduced or acted include Jeremy McCarter, Howard Kissel, Charles Isherwood, Michael Riedel, David Rooney, Alexis Soloski, John Simon, Frank Scheck, David Sheward, David Cote, Adam FeldmanRex ReedRoma TorreDavid Finkle, Eric Grode, Michael Feingold and Robert Simonson.

In addition to Project Shaw, GTG is also producing a successful new play development program. Named for one of Shaw' inflammatory one-acts, PRESS CUTTINGS: the new plays. As Shaw was a theater critic before becoming a playwright, all writers are currently on-staff critics or journalists devoted to covering the theater scene. The three writers chosen for the first year's cycle are David Cote, Jeremy McCarter and Robert Simonson. These plays will be developed in a year-long workshop process. Once their own theatre space is secured, GTG will be presenting a full season including two fully mounted Shaw plays and at least one new play. These plays are to focus on the Shavian precepts involving individual human rights, political and social responsibility and the comic absurdity of daily life.

David Staller is founder and artistic director of Gingold Theatrical Group.

The Players Club is New York's most legendary private club. The former residence of Edwin Booth, it became a club for those interested in the arts in 1888.

Upcoming Project Shaw presentations (all readings begin at 7pm at The Players Club) include:
Monday, December 14: WHY SHE SHOULD NOT (Shaw's unfinished final play)

For more information, visit www.projectshaw.com.

Photos by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Christine Pedi

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Anatol Yusef

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Diane Stilwell Weinberg

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
David Sheward

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
George S. Irving

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Jeff Steitzer

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Ian Gould

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Ezra Barnes

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Kelli Barrett

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Carole J. Bufford

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
William McCauley

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Sal Mistretta

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
James Rana

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Reed Birney

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Tim Jerome

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
The Cast of On The Rocks with Director David Staller

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
The Cast of On The Rocks with Director David Staller

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Last Minute Instructions from David Staller

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
David Staller and "The Shaw Paddle!"

Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents ON THE ROCKS
Christine Pedi, David Staller and Reed Birney

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