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Seldes, Murray, Rae, Etc. Set for The Apple Cart Reading

Marian Seldes, Brian Murray, George S. Irving, Barrett FoaCharlotte Rae and more will headline the latest starry staged reading to be presented as part of Project Shaw. The Apple Cart will be presented on September 18th at the Players Club.

Joining Seldes (as Orinthia), Murray (as King Magnus), Irving (as Boanerges), Foa (as Semphronious) and Rae (as The Queen) in the eighth entry in the ambitious George Bernard Shaw play series will be Donald Corren (Pamphilius), Liz Morton (Alice), Peter Bartlett (Proteus), theatre critic Howard Kissel (Pliny), Simon Jones (Nicobar), David Garrison (Balbus), Charlotte Moore (Amanda), Becky Ann Baker (Lysistrata), Jack Gilpin (Vanhattan) and theatre critic David Cote (Narrator).  Robert Simonson, theatre critic and editor of, will introduce The Apple Cart, which concerns an English king who is being pressured to abdicate his throne. 

Seldes and Murray have co-starred in numerous other plays, including Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby.

Project Shaw--which aims to encompass all plays (long and short) by the legendary Irish playwright--is captained by />David Staller (Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Irish Rep), who will also produce and direct the following currently-scheduled plays: Misalliance on October 23rd, Captain Brassbound's Conversion on November 20th and The Philanderer on December 18th (with more to be announced).

Actors who've already taken part in these readings include: Charlotte Rae, Penny Fuller, Daniel Reichard, Alison Fraser, Paul Hecht, Peter Yonka, Liz Morton, Laura Odeh, Fritz Weaver, Malcolm Gets, Michele Pawk, Marc Kudisch, Rebecca Luker, Max von Essen, Victor Slezak, Charlotte Moore, Malachy McCourt, George S. Irving, Paxton Whitehead, Nancy Anderson, Cynthia Harris, Kate Baldwin, Jonathan Freeman and Simon Jones. The readings have been introduced by various men of the theatre including Howard Kissel and John Simon.

Among the actors who've promised to take roles in the ambitious 2-year program are Tyne Daly, Rosemary Harris, Philip Bosco, Veanne Cox, Raul Esparza, Michael Cerveris, Olympia Dukakis, Ed Dixon, Tony Roberts, Richard Kind and Martin Moran.

"The Irish born Shaw, who died at age 94 in 1950, is one of the most prolific writers of plays, books and treatises in the English language. His unyielding stand for human rights, particularly for women'ss rights, has become legendary. He encouraged general political awareness and the need for people to take responsibility for their own lives."

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