Project Shaw

As long as more people will pay admission to a theater to see a naked body than to see a naked brain, the drama will languish. — GBS

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Coined “New York’s monthly guide to reason,” Project Shaw presents monthly readings of plays by George Bernard Shaw as well as plays that either influenced or were influenced by Shaw, or that share Shaw’s advocacy of human rights and the freedom of speech. Each play is read by an all-star cast composed of some of New York’s finest actors, and is presented in a concert-reading format at the arts-hub of New York’s Upper West Side, Symphony Space.

In 2009, Project Shaw made GTG the first group ever to present performances of every one of Shaw’s plays, as well as every sketch, full-length, and one-act play he ever wrote – and all to sold out houses!  More than 60 of Shaw’s plays — many never before seen in New York or anywhere in the United States — have delighted our audiences.

Starting in 2017, each season of Project Shaw has focused on a particular theme.  The 2017 season, Women Take The Stage, celebrates the hundredth anniversary of women gaining the right to vote with plays that either explore women’s rights, or celebrate some of Shaw’s most indomitable women.

2017 Season:
Women Take the Stage!

(all readings begin at 7:00 pm)

Jan. 16 Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Feb. 13 Candida by George Bernard Shaw
April 17 You Never Can Tell by George Bernard Shaw
May 22 Press Cuttings by George Bernard Shaw
June 26 Getting Married by George Bernard Shaw
July 17 Super Shaw Women by George Bernard Shaw
Sept. 18 A Man’s World by Rachel Crothers
Oct. 23 Captain Brassbound’s Conversion by George Bernard Shaw
Nov. 20 Votes For Women by Elizabeth Robins
Dec. 18 A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde

All plays in this series are presented in a concert-reading format at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th Street.

2018 Season:
The Power of Persistence: A Theatrical Survival Guide

All readings begin at 7 p.m.
All titles are subject to change.

January 22 The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
February 19 Pygmalion by George by Bernard Shaw
April 30 A Shaw Concert at The Players!
May 21 The Doctor’s Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw
June 18 Buoyant Billions by George Bernard Shaw
July 23 Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins
September 24 The New Word by J. M. Barrie & O’Flaherty, V.C. by George Bernard Shaw
October 22 Back to Methuselah (Part 1) by George Bernard Shaw
November 19 Back to Methuselah (Part 2) by George Bernard Shaw
December 17 The Enchanted Cottage by Arthur Wing Pinero

All plays in this series are presented in a concert-reading format at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 95th Street.

All events are completely accessible for wheelchairs, walkers, and canes, and infra-red listening devices are also available.

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Shaw Club

On the Wednesday evening preceding every Project Shaw reading, GTG hosts a lively and broad-based discussion on the play’s themes. All participants are emailed a copy of the play ahead of time, though no preparation is required.  All are welcome to come enjoy thoughtful conversation, ask questions, and socialize. No admission fee is required, though a suggested donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

SHAW CLUB 2017 DATES

  • February 8th
  • April 12th
  • May 17th
  • June 21st
  • July 12th
  • September 13th
  • October 18th
  • November 15th
  • December 13th

All Shaw Club discussions happen at 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor (between 36th and 37th Streets) from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

To make a reservation, call 212.355.7823 or email info@gingoldgroup.org.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
— GBS

Past Seasons and Ensembles