Mara Davi, Sean Dugan, Donna Lynne Champlin Star In Shaw's WHY SHE WOULD NOT 12/14
Gingold Theatrical Group makes history as the first company to present every play (including full-length works, one-acts and sketches) written by George Bernard Shaw with its 44th PROJECT SHAW presentation, WHY SHE WOULD NOT -- the author's final and unfinished play -- on Monday, December 14 at 7pm at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South) in Manhattan. David Staller, who has produced and directed all of the Project Shaw readings during its initial four-year series, is set to direct.
In WHY SHE WOULD NOT, a brash and ambitious young man, who happens to be unemployed, saves a woman from being robbed. She introduces him into her wildly successful family business and he eventually comes to run it. She will not however, consent to marry him. Why? Only the play will tell us.
Unfinished at the time of Mr. Shaw's death in 1950, WHY SHE WOULD NOT will be presented along with a newly written final scene by acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz, best known for his long-running Off-Off Broadway play LINE (now in its record-breaking 35th year), PARK YOUR CAR IN HARVARD YARD, and OBIE Award-winning play THE INDIAN WANTS THE BRONX.
To honor Shaw's background as a theatre critic turned playwright, Gingold Group artistic director David Staller also commissioned noted theatre journalists David Cote (Time Out New York), Michael Feingold (Village Voice), Jeremy McCarter (Newsweek), and Robert Simonson (Playbill) to each write a new ending for WHY SHE WOULD NOT. The writers were given no guidelines other than to keep their work short and to use the characters already established in the play.
All five new endings will be presented. Each writer will narrate his own ending of WHY SHE WOULD NOT.
The evening opens with a reading of Mr. Shaw's short play THE GADFLY, an adaptation of Ethel Voynich's 1897 novel about spies, political maneuverings, and the danger of combining church and state.
The cast includes Jim Brochu (ZERO HOUR), Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliott), Mara Davi (WHITE CHRISTMAS), Sean Dugan (NEXT FALL), Josh Grisetti (BROADWAY BOUND), Simon Jones, Victor Slezak, and Tom Viola.
Tickets for WHY SHE WOULD NOT on Monday, December 14 at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South) are $20. Project Shaw readings are open to the public. For reservations, call TheaterMania at 212-352-3101 or visit www.PROJECTSHAW.com
Although the official number of Shaw's plays is generally agreed to be 63, there are also bits of dialogue written by Shaw in some of his celebrated "Prefaces"; as well as other snippets in an interview in which he presses himself with questions regarding his first play, WIDOWER'S HOUSES. All of these: full-length plays, one-acts and sketches will have been presented by the end of the evening on Monday, December 14. Not even Canada's Shaw Festival (in operation since 1962) can make a similar boast!
The Gingold Theatrical Group began its history-making PROJECT SHAW on Monday, January 23, 2006 with concert reading of the author's ARMS AND THE MAN, starring Malcolm Gets, Alison Fraser and Marc Kudish. Over these past four years, and 44 Monday-night presentations, the readings have played to sold-out crowds at The Players Club and starred some of the theatre's most celebrated actors including Bryan Batt, Gary Beach, Kate Baldwin, Reed Birney, Blair Brown, Charles Busch, Michael Cerveris, Veanne Cox, John Cullum, Tyne Daly, Jonathan Groff, Jayne Houdyshell, George S. Irving, Cheyenne Jackson, Daniel Jenkins, Marc Kudisch, Rebecca Luker, John McMartin, Kate Mulgrew, Megan Mullally, Brian Murray, Lorenzo Pisoni, Jane Powell, Charlotte Rae, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Marian Seldes, Carol Shelley, Fritz Weaver, and Karen Ziemba.