"The golden rule is that there are no golden rules."
GINGOLD THEATRICAL GROUP'S
first SHAW NEW YORK festival
has now completed!
Our first SHAW NEW YORK festival has been a huge success!
We have presented our first fully mounted production for SHAW NEW YORK with Shaw's wittiest and wickedest comedy, MAN AND SUPERMAN. This is the first time the play has been produced in New York in twenty-five years. The play was presented including the rarely seen dream sequence known as 'Don Juan in Hell.'
SHAW NEW YORK included MAN AND SUPERMAN, the Shaw Symposium, the Critic Symposium, the Shaw Concert and our Press Cuttings series presentation of a new play!
David Staller directs his adaptation of MAN AND SUPERMAN.
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MAN AND SUPERMAN is generally considered to be one of Shaw's comedic masterpieces. The story involves the simple premise of a man, Jack Tanner, determined not to marry his ward, Ann Whitefield, who is equally determined to land him. Ann chases Jack from London, across the channel, into the mountains of Spain, and even to Hell and back (in the famous dream act of DON JUAN IN HELL). The play has not been given a production in New York since an off-Broadway revival in 1988.
"Do not do until others
as you would that they should do unto you.
Their tastes may not be the same."
Here's a look at the events that have made up
···SHAW NEW YORK···
MAN AND SUPERMAN
Our debut season started off with a production of Shaw's Man and Superman, which was last seen on Broadway in 1979 and off-Broadway in 1988. Now is the perfect time to present one of Shaw's most important plays. This comedic masterpiece is rich in themes that are as significant today as when the play was first presented in 1905. It will be performed complete with its interior 'play,' Don Juan in Hell.
"Liberty means responsibility.
That is why most men dread it."
·SHAW SYMPOSIUM June 2 from 2pm to 4pm at THE PLAYERS
SHAW NY has included many other special events, such as the first New York City Shaw Symposium.
Moderated by Jeffrey Eric Jenkins of NYU, this symposium explored the ever-changing world of arts journalism.
As Shaw began his career in the arts first as a music, and then, dramatic critic (before becoming a playwright), he maintained that journalists view their work as an art form in itself.
This event featured fifteen prominent arts journalists and critics examining "Are Critics Necessary?"
Among those journalists who took part were David Cote, Joe Dziemanowicz, Adam Feldman, Peter Filichia, Andy Propst, Michael Riedel, Frank Rizzo, Helen Shaw, David Sheward, John Simon, Michael Sommers, Rob Weinert-Kendt, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Linda Winer, Jason Zinoman.
Tickets were available to the general public for the day's events.
·SHAW CONCERT June 2 at 8pm at THE PLAYERS
We also presented a concert featuring music championed as 'modern music' by Shaw when he was a music critic. He had actively encouraged people to keep themselves open to the 'new wave' of composers of the late ninteenth century. This will feature music by Brahms, Elgar and Wagner. Tickets are now on sale. Our featured musician / composer will be the remakable Timothy Andres. http://www.andres.com/
"Hell is full of musical amateurs."
As part of SHAW NEW YORK, GTG also presented a reading of a new play from its PRESS CUTTINGS development program.
Each PRESS CUTTINGS play will reflect themes inspired by George Bernard Shaw (human rights and respect and equality for all living beings) and will be written by a current New York City arts journalist with a strong background in playwriting.
Our JULY 9th Performance was of David Cote's play, OTHERLAND.
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
Shaw arriving in New York City in the 1930s
"This is the true joy in life,
the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;
the being throroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap;
the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little
clod of ailments and grievances complaining that
the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
Signing of co-production agreement between GTG and The Irish Repertory Theatre
Ethan E. Litwin, Charlotte Moore, Ciaran O'Reilly, David Staller
David Staller on MAN AND SUPERMAN set
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