The program’s namesake, Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park, was designated as an official safe place where anyone could offer their own beliefs, opinions, and treatises with no fear of arrest. Along with many of his time, Shaw regularly used this location as an opportunity to openly communicate with the general public who may not have been able to afford going to the theatre.
Gingold’s Speakers’ Corner member writers read and discuss a specific play by George Bernard Shaw before responding through targeted writing prompts. The writers’ new works needn’t be commentaries on Shaw or adaptations of Shaw’s work, but original works inspired by the ideas sparked by reading and discussing the initial Shaw play as a cohort. The cohort then spends the remainder of the year expanding these ideas into new plays.
At bi-monthly meetings, writers share their work and receive constructive feedback from one another and from members of Gingold’s artistic staff. The goal, ultimately, is to develop a play that will be fully produced as part of the Gingold future seasons.