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


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 performed 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.

These are all unique script-in-hand performances.

Ty Jones, Sharon Washington, André de Shields in ‘The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet’

2019 Season:
Art as Activism: A Theatrical Survival Guide

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

January 14 Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
February 11 Shaw Songs @ The Players
April 15 On Approval by Frederick Lonsdale
May 20 Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
June 24 The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw
July 22 The Stepmother by Githa Sowerby
October 28 Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
November 18 The Play’s The Thing by Ferenc Molnar
December 16 I’ll Leave It To You by Noel Coward

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 with the exception of the February 11 2019 Shaw Songs, which will be held at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South.

Symphony Space is completely accessible for wheelchairs, walkers, and canes, and infra-red listening devices are also available.


Project Shaw is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and a grant from the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme.

Shaw Club

On the Monday evening following 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.

We’re still planning our 2019 Shaw Club, and will announce its dates here soon!

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

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.

Past Seasons and Ensembles