Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill presents MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION 2.0
Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill is celebrating its big win this year as Best Live Theater Venue in Albuquerque the Magazine's BEST OF THE CITY. In February, Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill will bring George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession to the stage in an adaptation by Matthew Yde which was commissioned by the theatre over a year ago. Finally, the production hits the boards.
Mrs. Warren's Profession 2.0 is set in the present on the East Coast, USA and features an outstanding cast of veteran actors: Bridget Kelly, Abby Van Gerpen, Phil Shortell, Scott Sharot, Dean Eldon Squibb and Nick Pippin. The production is directed by Mr. Yde.
In Shaw's 1894 play, banned for almost 30 years by a Lord Chamberlain who condemned it for being "immoral and improper", a clever young woman rejects her mother when she discovers that her expensive school and Ivy League education have been paid for by her mother's immoral earnings from running a string of continental brothels. Shaw's controversial play about prostitution and economic deprivation has been updated to our times and the social commentary is just as controversial now as it was in the early 1900s.
While Mr. Yde's adaptation follows the general outline of Shaw's play, there are departures which take the audience into themes which explore issues specific to 21st century moral controversy.
Mrs. Warren is part-owner of an international chain of brothels, not so much a prostitute, more a businesswoman, a CEO of sorts. The production tells the story of Vivie Warren's discovery of her mother's line of work - prostitution and that young woman's search to discover the identity of her father. This smart comedy brings this historically taboo play squarely into the moral dilemmas of contemporary society.
Opens Feb 2, 2018 and runs through Feb 25. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Go to www.auxdogtheatre.org or call 505-596-0607 for tickets and info.
BACKSTORY ON THE OPENING IN 1905 IN NYC Wild reaction to the New York premiere in 1905. The play's Stateside debut sparked the now-familiar chain reaction of outcry leading to box-office bounty. Before it was shut down after a single performance, Shaw's ode to prostitution drew black-market ticket prices as high as $30, which was a lot more in 1905 money than you'd lay down for Hamilton today. After years in the shadow of better-known Shaw, the play opened to acclaim on Broadway in 1975, starring Ruth Gordon and Lynn Redgrave-by which time there was plenty more prostitution in the blocks around Times Square.
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