Harris Yulin and Sheria Irving to Lead Project Shaw's CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA This May
Gingold Theatrical Group's PROJECT SHAW, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Staller, continues its 11th Season when it presents its 113th concert presentation with George Bernard Shaw's CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA on Monday, May 23 at 7pm, at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).
Written in 1898 and first produced in 1906, CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA is considered Shaw's first great play. Sparkling with Shaw's legendary wit, political drama turns to comedy when veteran strategist Julius Caesar becomes mentor to the enchanting young queen of Roman-occupied Egypt. Their first encounter under a desert moon will lead to a shift in the course of history, as Cleopatra gradually overcomes her timidity to become a determined player in the game of power politics.
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA features Harris Yulin (Caesar), Sheria Irving (Cleopatra), Olga Merediz (Ftatateeta), Chris Ryan (Rufio), Ames Adamson (Brittanus), Brian Cade (Lucius Septimius), Max von Essen (Apollodorus), Bonale Fambrini (Ptolemy XIV), Everett Quinton (Pothinus), Aaron Lee Battle (Theodotus), Marc LeVasseur (Achillas), and Daniel Schwait (Sentinel).
According to Staller, "Shaw's CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA plays fast and loose with history, but the entertainment quotient is well worth it. The tale of the wildly ambitious young queen and the world-conquering older Caesar has been told many times, but never as amusingly and irreverently as in this version."
Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (212) 864-5400 or online at www.symphonyspace.org. Special reserved VIP seating available by contacting the Gingold office 212-355-7823 or email@example.com.
Now celebrating its 11th 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.
The 2016 Project Shaw Season continues with Geneva (June 20), The Apple Cart (July 25), Harley Granville-Barker's Farewell to the Theatre (September 19), On The Rocks (October 24), J.M. Barrie's Alice Sit-By-The-Fire (November 21), and Androcles and the Lion (December 19).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Project Shaw and Gingold Theatrical Group contact 212-355-7823 or email@example.com or www.projectshaw.org.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride