Blair Brown, Michael Cerveris and Jay Armstrong Johnson to Lead Project Shaw's CANDIDA

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Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Staller, kicks off its 12th Season when it presents its 121st concert presentation with Shaw's 1895 legendary comedy Candida on Monday, February 13 at 7pm, at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

Directed by David Staller, Candida features Tony Award winners Blair Brown as Candida and Michael Cerveris as Rev. James Morell, Jay Armstrong Johnson as Marchbanks, Jolly Abraham as Prosperine ("Prossy") Garnett, Dakin Matthews as Mr. Burgess, Carman Lacivita as Rev. Alexander ("Lexy") Mill. Maggie Buchwald is the Narrator.

Candida, one of Shaw's most popular of romantic comedies, sweeps us through one tumultuous day. An impassioned young poet, Marchbanks, has become a fixture in the home of the foreword thinking Reverend James Morell and his brilliant wife, Candida. By the end of that day, the poet has forced a life-changing decision from Candida that will forever alter the future of all concerned. Along the way, Shaw exhibits his dazzling insights and wicked wit.

According to Staller, "This play, subtitled "A Mystery", has been intriguing people since its creation. Only Shaw's third (of 65) plays, it demonstrated a writer already at the top of his game. This play was written as a response to Ibsen's ground-breaking A Doll's House, and it was considered shocking in its time, particularly since the title character makes it clear that she'd be quite ably content to live on her own without any man to guide her."

Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at www.symphonyspace.org. Special reserved VIP seating available for $50 by contacting the Gingold office 212-355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org.

Now celebrating its 12th year, Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw made history in December 2009 as the first company ever to present performances of every one of Shaw's 65 plays (including full-length works, one-acts and sketches). They are now also including plays by writers who most inspired Shaw to begin his playwriting career, including work by Chekhov, Ibsen, Wilde, Barrie, and Harley Granville-Barker--while continuing its new play development and educational programs.

For those interested in lively off-site discourses, each Project Shaw event is followed by a talk-back with cast members. GTG's David Staller is also hosting a monthly Shaw Club discussion group. They meet the Wednesday before every Project Shaw event at 520 8th Avenue. Reservations required 212-355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org.

The 2017 Project Shaw Season WOMEN TAKE THE STAGE: Celebrating 100 years of Women's Rights in NY continues with You Never Can Tell (April 17), Press Cuttings (May 22), Getting Married (June 26), Super Shaw Women (July 17), Rachel Crother's A Man's World (September 18), Captain Brassbound's Conversion (October 23), Elizabeth Robins's Votes for Women (November 20), and Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance (December 18).

Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre space is completely disabled accessible. Symphony Space is located in Manhattan at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). For more information about Project Shaw and Gingold Theatrical Group contact 212-355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org or www.projectshaw.org.



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