Photo Coverage: PROJECT SHAW at the Players Club

PROJECT SHAW, now in its third of its four year series, continues tackling every play George Bernard Shaw ever wrote. The group recently gave the 37th presentation. The rarely performed comedies by George Bernard Shaw were presented on Monday, APRIL 20th at 7pm at the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South. David Staller was producer and director.

The three of Shaw's wittiest and least known ONE-ACT plays performed were:

INCA OF PERUSALEM: A spoiled, wealthy heiress (Marla Schaffel) first dupes a princess (Amanda Green) and then the infamous Inca of Perusalem (Simon Jones).

ARTHUR AND THE ACETONE: Shaw takes on a particularly British sort of anti-Semitism with hilarious results.

INTERLUDE AT THE PLAYHOUSE: A theatre manager (Gary Beach) is trying to get his new theatre opened but it's his wife (Amanda Green) who saves the day.

The cast for the readings included Gary Beach, Amanda Green, Jay Rogers, Marla Schaffel, Simon Jones and Mark Waldrop. The host for the evening was theatrical critic, Mark Blankenship.

The Players 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.

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. Those who have introduced or acted include Jeremy McCarter, Howard Kissel, Charles Isherwood, Michael Riedel, John Simon, Frank Scheck, David Cote, Adam Feldman, Rex Reed, Roma Torre, David Finkle, Eric Grode, 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 will be 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.

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