Gingold Theatrical Group, recently represented Off-Broadway with Caesar & Cleopatra, continues its 14th season of Project Shaw November 18 at 7 PM with a reading of Ferenc Molnar’s farce The Play’s the Thing.
Stephen Brown-Fried directs the evening in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space.
The cast includes Arnie Burton (Machinal, Peter and the Starcatcher), Thom Sesma (The Times They Are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha), Douglas Sills (War Paint, The Scarlet Pimpernel), Ryan Spahn (Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Gloria), David Turner (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Mara Davi (The Play That Goes Wrong), and Warren Kelley. Brown-Fried also serves as the onstage narrator.
In The Play’s the Thing, a young playwright is distraught when he overhears the actress he loves having an affair with another man. His mentor must convince him that she is only rehearsing a play—and that he must write her a better one.
“All of us at Gingold have been waiting for years to get this play into our series and now, at last, here it is. Molnar is a universal favorite, of course, with his Little Shop Around The Corner and Liliom, but this play almost defies description as it seems to live on a theatrical comedic world of its own. We've got a dream cast and director to bring this to you just in time for Thanksgiving and there's excitement in the air,” said Artistic Director David Staller in an earlier statement.