Jim Brochu, Scarlett Strallen & More to Star in Project Shaw's BUOYANT BILLIONS

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Jim Brochu, Scarlett Strallen & More to Star in Project Shaw's BUOYANT BILLIONS

Gingold Theatrical Group (David Staller, Artistic Director) is proud to announce the next presentation of the 13th Season of Project Shaw, a special series of evenings offering some of Shaw's greatest works and those of his contemporaries, presented monthly at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre (2537 Broadway at 95th Street).

The season will continue on June 18th with Buoyant Billions, one of Shaw's wittiest and least known plays. Written in 1948 towards the end of his very long life, he introduces some of his most entertainingly eccentric characters. The plot: after WWII, a rich young man decides to venture forth into the world and become a professional 'world betterer.' Along the way he meets a rich young saxophone-playing heiress who treats him so dreadfully that he becomes fascinated by her... and her entire peculiar family. Shaw, as usual, reminds us to question everything and bravely form our own opinions about ourself and the world around us.

Artistic Director David Staller directs a cast that features Jim Brochu (Zero Hour: Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Ovation, Carbonell and Desert Star Awards); Bradford Cover(Broadway: A Thousand Clowns; Off-Broadway: GTG's You Never Can Tell) Susan Haskins-Doloff (host/producer PBS's "Theater Talk"), Brandon Jones ("Pretty Little Liars," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Two Broke Girls"); Karl Kenzler (Broadway:Fiddler on the Roof, Sunset Boulevard); Hank Kim; Victoria Mack (Broadway: Venus In Fur) Michael McCormick (Broadway: Hello, Dolly!, Curtains, Gypsy); Drew McVety (Broadway: Bandstand, The Front Page, Frozen, Big River, Titanic); Margaret Loesser Robinson (Off-Broadway: New Girl in Town, GTG's Man and Superman; London/West End: The Snow Queen); Eason Rytter (Film: How To Be Single); andScarlett Strallen (Broadway: currently appearing in Travesties); Bryce Pinkham (Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Holiday Inn. The Heidi Chronicles)

"Shaw's last full-length play is a romp of the first order. This wacky comedy is a potent reminder that every moment counts and, since life is so short, gaining some perspective to define ourselves as who we want to be is the most important step to connecting to others and the world around us. Also, money helps," says Staller

The 13th season will continue with Shaw's Back to Methuselah (Part 1 - October 22nd, Part 2 - November 19th), and from Shaw's contemporaries: Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins (the basis of the long running musical, on July 23rd), The New Word by J. M. Barrie & O'Flaherty along with Shaw's V.C. (September 24th), and The Enchanted Cottageby Arthur Wing Pinero (December 17th).

All the plays in this series will be 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 212-355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org. Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre space is completely accessible.

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 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 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 emailinfo@gingoldgroup.org.

GTG's full Off-Broadway production of Shaw's masterpiece, Heartbreak House, will play at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row in August and September of this year. Details to be announced shortly.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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