Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY

Gingold Theatrical Group's PROJECT SHAW production of Shaw's rarely produced, Fanny's First Play, was held earlier this week on June 22 at 7pm, at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2895 Broadway at 95th St.). Check out a look back below!

Fanny's First Play, which features a play within a play, is a satire of theater critics, whose characters were based upon Shaw's own detractors. Originally, Shaw had the play produced anonymously in 1911 and it caused a sensation. Ironically, the play was Shaw's first real commercial success. The plot involves the daughter (Emily Skeggs) of a man (Reed Birney) who refuses to live in the present. She writes an incendiary play, anonymously, and invites a group of critics to review it.

This play inspired P.G. Wodehouse to create his Jeeves and Wooster stories.

The cast features Tony nominee Reed Birney (Count O'Dowda), Tony nominee Emily Skeggs (Fanny O'Dowda), Matthew Newton (Juggins), and Marc Vietor (Cecil Savoyard).

The cast of Fanny's Play: Dan Daily (Robin Gilbey), Jeff Kready (Bobby), Jana Robbins (Mrs. Gilbey), Nancy Anderson(Dora Delaney), Laura Kenyon (Mrs. Knox), Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Everett Quinton (Joseph Knox), Nick Spangler (Lieutenant Duvallet), and Emily Skeggs (Margaret Knox)

The critics will be played by local theater journalists Michael Sommers (New Jersey Newsroom) as Mr. Trotter, Matt Windman (amNY) as Flawner Bannal, and Jason Zinoman (The New York Times) as Mr. Gunn. Roma Torre of NY-1 will narrate.

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Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Matthew Newton

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Matt Windman

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Reed Birney and Marc Vietor

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Reed Birney and Marc Vietor

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Michael Sommers, Jana Robbins, Jason Zinoman and Jeff Kready

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Michael Sommers, Jana Robbins, Jason Zinoman and Jeff Kready

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Dan Daily

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Jeff Kready

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Jeff Kready

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Laura Kenyon

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Emily Skeggs

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Nancy Anderson

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Roma Torre

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Emily Skeggs, Jana Robbins and Laura Kenyon

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Nick Spangler

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Charlie Siedenburg and Michael Sommers

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Matt Windman, Jason Zinoman, Reed Birney, Matthew Newton, Michael Sommers, Marc Vietor, Jeff Kready, Dan Daily, Nick Spangler, Everett Quinton, Laura Kenyon, Emily Skeggs, Roma Torre, Jana Robbins and Nancy Anderson

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Matt Windman, Jason Zinoman, Reed Birney, Matthew Newton, Michael Sommers, Marc Vietor, Jeff Kready, Dan Daily, Nick Spangler, Everett Quinton, Laura Kenyon, Emily Skeggs, Roma Torre, Jana Robbins and Nancy Anderson

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Matt Windman, Jason Zinoman, Reed Birney, Matthew Newton, Michael Sommers, Marc Vietor, Jeff Kready, Dan Daily, Nick Spangler, Everett Quinton, Laura Kenyon, Emily Skeggs, Roma Torre, Jana Robbins and Nancy Anderson

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
David Staller joins tonight's cast-Matt Windman, Jason Zinoman, Reed Birney, Matthew Newton, Michael Sommers, Marc Vietor, Jeff Kready, Dan Daily, Nick Spangler, Everett Quinton, Laura Kenyon, Emily Skeggs, Roma Torre, Jana Robbins and Nancy Anderson

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
David Staller with the cast-Matt Windman, Jason Zinoman, Reed Birney, Matthew Newton, Michael Sommers, Marc Vietor, Jeff Kready, Dan Daily, Nick Spangler, Everett Quinton, Laura Kenyon, Emily Skeggs, Roma Torre, Jana Robbins and Nancy Anderson

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Cathy Liss from The Animal Welfare Institute was on hand to accept a commendation

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
Cathy Liss

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
David Staller and Cathy Liss

Photo Coverage: GTG/Project Shaw Welcomes Reed Birney, Emily Skeggs & More for FANNY'S FIRST PLAY
David Staller and Cathy Liss

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