Gingold Theatrical Group, formed in January of 2006, is the company behind the acclaimed PROJECT SHAW monthly reading series as well as the yearly SHAW NEW YORK festival. GTG is a fully-incorporated 501.c.3. Gingold Theatrical Group is named after actress Hermione Gingold, a long-time friend of Mr. Staller.
A life-long devotee of George Bernard Shaw's writing and life's philosophies, Gingold Theatrical Group founding artistic director, David Staller, was inspired to present every play Shaw wrote as a direct response to unstable and alarming world events. Bringing together like-minded colleagues, Mr. Staller created GTG to share Shaw’s works and ideals with others. Shaw believed in each person's need to challenge societal expectations and to forge our individual paths in life, while actively taking responsibility for our own actions and place in society. All of Shaw's plays address the need for equal Human Rights for all.
Gingold Theatrical Group is dedicated to presenting plays about Human Rights using the work of George Bernard Shaw as our platform. In this regard, GTG’s goal is to carve a permanent niche for the work of George Bernard Shaw within the social and cultural life of New York; bringing his canon and precepts to larger audiences while encouraging individuals to breathe these humanitarian ideals into their contributions for the future.
GTG, now in its ninth year, presents Shaw’s plays in performance, sponsors symposiums and educational programs, commissions new plays, and reaches out to the community at large to encourage all people to embrace these fundamental values. Shaw spent his life championing human rights by writing plays to empower the individual, and to challenge the confines of societal expectations by making bold personal choices.
We fulfill this mission with our monthly series, PROJECT SHAW. These lively script-in-hand performances attract the country’s top-level actors who play to consistently sold-out houses. GTG is the first group ever to present all of Shaw’s 65 plays in performance. Starting in 2014, GTG will begin presenting works by some of the playwrights who inspired Shaw to write plays: Ibsen, Wilde and Chekhov. PROJECT SHAW is presented at New York’s legendary Upper West Side mecca for the arts, Symphony Space. Click HERE for PROJECT SHAW.
SHAW NEW YORK
SHAW NEW YORK is an annual theatrical and community festival consisting of a fully mounted Shaw play at its heart, as well a mix of other Shavian themed smaller events, becoming the anchor program of Gingold Theatrical Group. GTG successfully launched SHAW NEW YORK in April of 2012. Our debut season began with a production of Shaw’s provocative MAN AND SUPERMAN. This co-production with The Irish Repertory Theatre was a major success with both critics and audiences. During its extended run it was filmed for the New York Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. David Staller directed his adaptation of this remarkable play. This comedic masterpiece is rich in themes that are as significant today as when the play was first presented in 1905. It was performed complete with its interior act, ‘Don Juan in Hell.’ MAN AND SUPERMAN present issues that perfectly reflect GTG’s mission.
SHAW NEW YORK 2013 found GTG partnering with New York’s Pearl Theatre Company on a co-production of Shaw’s sparkling comedy, YOU NEVER CAN TELL. This production, directed by David Staller, opened the Pearl’s 30th season to great acclaim, and was filmed by the New York Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Aside from full productions, GTG’s SHAW NEW YORK festivals include other special events such as a series of symposiums. These symposia celebrate Shaw’s work and philosophies though a series of panels, lectures, debates and public discussions incorporating themes in the festival’s full production. The Shaw Symposium explores various provocative and controversial issues so actively explored by Shaw but still current in today’s world with a special focus on women’s rights. As Shaw was a critic and journalist turned playwright, the festival also features a Critic Symposium including several critics and journalists discussing ‘Are Critics Necessary?’ Another popular festival event is GTG’s Shaw Concert, offering performances of composer’s Shaw had championed as ‘modern’ while he was still a music critic, including work by Wagner, Elgar and Brahms. There is also at least one new piece performed by young composers, highlighting Shaw’s determination to encourage new work. Click HERE for SHAW NEW YORK.
In the joyful spirit of carrying on another Shavian tradition, GTG has commissioned new plays written by arts journalists in a program named after one of Shaw’s more inflammatory comedies, PRESS CUTTINGS. As Shaw began his career as a critic, GTG has chosen three journalists (with a strong background in writing plays to each create a play inspired by Shaw’s insights. Nurtured by GTG through various earlier workshops, each PRESS CUTTINGS presentation reflect themes inspired by George Bernard Shaw: human rights and respect and equality for all living beings. Each play will then be published. Click HERE for PRESS CUTTINGS.
For more information about the programs GTG produces, please explore the pages listed on our website menu.
Gingold Theatrical Group
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"A life spent making mistakes
is not only more honorable but more useful
than a life spent doing nothing."
Pictured above: (top) David Staller; (bottom) The cast of the April 2011 reading of SHAW AND SHAKESPEARE: David Cote, Robert Stanton, Carole Shelley, Emily Young, Arnie Burton.
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