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.
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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 with the exception of the April 30 Shaw Concert, 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.
This program 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.
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.
SHAW CLUB 2018 DATES
- January 29th MONDAY (after The Devil’s Disciple) READ THE PLAY!
- February 26th MONDAY (after Pygmalion) READ THE PLAY!
- May 28th MONDAY (after The Doctor’s Dilemma) READ THE PLAY!
- June 25th MONDAY (after Buoyant Billions) READ THE PLAY!
- July 30th MONDAY (after Chicago)
- October 1st MONDAY (after The New Word and O’Flaherty, V.C.) READ THE PLAY!
- October 29th MONDAY (after Back to Methuselah Part One) READ THE PLAY!
- November 26th MONDAY (after Back to Methuselah Part Two) READ THE PLAY!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.