Helmed by Artistic Director David Staller, the reading will feature the talents of Kate Hamill, David Lee Huynh, Laura Patinkin, Mary Beth Peil, Robert Petkoff, Ryann Redmond, Justin Robertson, Thomas Jay Ryan, Thom Sesma, and Jennifer Van Dyck.
"This play in its musical incarnation is how most people came to know Shaw,” says director Staller about the play that inspired the famed musical My Fair Lady. “That spectacularly ubiquitous original poster and cast album artwork by Al Hirschfeld showing Shaw as the puppet-master controlling his Higgins and Eliza characters were in every home for generations. This reading of Pygmalion is a terrific opportunity to experience this brilliant comedy as Shaw originally conceived of it. These colorfully quirky characters are wonderfully complex in their hopes, fears, sexuality, and personal exploration. Though the musical is based more on Shaw's award-winning screenplay from 1938, it’s easy to see why this play remains one of the most loved of all his works. It's a wild ride through women's rights, class systems, gender roles, and the vital importance of communication!"
Inspired by the works of Shaw, Project Shaw aims to provoke peaceful discussion and activism through its annual readings.
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