Cady Huffman, Lauren Molina, and More Lead Project Shaw's BACK TO METHUSELAH (PART 2)
Gingold Theatrical Group announces the next presentation of the 13th Season of Project Shaw. The season will continue on November 19th with Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah (Part 2).
Back to Methuselah is Shaw's 1921 play that tells the story of all humanity. Starting in the Garden of Eden and sailing up through the 32nd century, this far-out comedy tackles all the political and social issues Shaw is so notorious for. Do you have to see both parts to get it? NO! (Part One of this epic play will be presented tonight, October 22nd, and the two parts exist independently of each other). After Man and Superman, this is Shaw's most often quoted play. Most all of the great lines go, of course, to the women.
David Staller, GTG's Artistic Director, directs a cast that features Caroline Kinsolving (Little Woman, As You Like It), Cady Huffman (Tony Award for The Producers, Tony nomination - The Will Rogers Follies, Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, Steel Pier, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, Big Deal), Warren Kelley (Engaging Shaw, The Property, "Boardwalk Empire"), Barrett Leddy (The Mice War), Drew McVety(Bandstand, The Front Page, The Last Ship), Lauren Molina (Desperate Measures, Sweeney Todd with Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris, Rock of Ages, Stephen Sondheim'sMarry Me A Little, The Skivvies), Doug Plaut ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," 'Master Harold'... and the boys, and opposite Bianca Del Rio and Rachel Dratch in Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate), James Rana (The Band's Visit, The Government Inspector, Serendib, Shogun Macbeth), Molly Ranson (Broadway/London: August: Osage County; Off-Broadway: Carrie, The Burnt Part Boys), Michael Raver (Ellen McLaughlin's The Persians with Len Cariou, Michael Stuhlbarg; Richard Feynman in the film How We Built the Bomb), Kyle Sherman (Off-Broadway's Ordinary Days, Pete the Cat), Derek Smith (Heartbreak House, The Lion King, The Green Bird - Tony Nomination), and Emma Wisniewski (world premieres by Pulitzer finalist Rebecca Gilman [Soups, Stews and Casseroles: 1976] and Joe Tracz).
"We're offering an extremely rare opportunity to experience one of Shaw's most outrageously ambitious comedies. Written after WWI to try to make sense of the global madness the world had just lived through, Shaw uses his most potent powers of irony and insight to take us from the Garden of Eden through the 32nd century! Join us for theatrical adventure!", said Mr. Staller.
The 13th season will conclude a selection from one of Shaw's contemporaries, The Enchanted Cottage by Arthur Wing Pinero (December 17th). The Project Shaw 2019 season will be announced soon!
All the plays in this series are presented in a concert-reading format at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre space is completely accessible. Infra-red hearing devices are also available.
Now celebrating its 13th 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 share Shaw's activist socio-political views embracing human rights and free speech, including work by Chekhov, Ibsen, Elizabeth Robins, Rachel Crothers, Pinero, Wilde, Barrie, and Harley Granville-Barker. GTG's other programs include 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 and Stephen Brown-Fried are also hosting a monthly Shaw Club discussion group. Always lively, they meet the Monday evening after every Project Shaw event at 520 8th Avenue. For reservations, which are required, call 212-355-7823 or email email@example.com.
GTG recently completed an acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement of Shaw's Heartbreak House. The Wall Street Journal declared, "Mr. Staller has taken on Heartbreak House, one of Shaw's most challenging plays, with altogether extraordinary results. Every gesture lands with the utmost potency, and the climactic convulsion that is the play's final scene sweeps away the bubbly comedy and leaves you, as Shaw intended, in shock. Mr. Staller has given us a uniquely satisfying production of this great but hard-to-stage play."
For more information about Project Shaw and all the programs at Gingold Theatrical Group, call 212/355-7823, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit gingoldgroup.org
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy