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Gingold Theatrical Group

Gingold Theatrical Group, often abbreviated as GTG, is a New York-based non-profit theatre company. It was founded in 2006 by American actor and director David Staller. Its mission is to present works that carry the humanitarian values of writer and critic George Bernard Shaw. It presents several series, including the annual festival Shaw New York, and the monthly series of staged readings, Project Shaw. Through this series, GTG became the first theatre group to present all 65 of George Bernard Shaw's plays.

Gingold Theatrical Group
GTG
GTG LOGO FINAL.jpg
Address 520 8th Avenue #304
Location Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Type Non-profit Theatre Company
Opened 2006
Website
gingoldgroup.org

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History and descriptionEdit

Gingold Theatrical Group is a Manhattan-based theatre company under the Artistic Direction of David Staller, who founded the group in 2006. Staller believed that the English playwright and critic, George Bernard Shaw, created work that made the strongest statements on human rights. He named the group after his friend Hermione Gingold, together with whom he read Shaw's plays.[1] Stephen Brown-Fried serves as the group's Associate Director, and Alyce Stark is the group's general manager.[citation needed]

Project ShawEdit

Staller began the group's work with staged readings of plays either by Shaw, his contemporaries, or those inspired by him.[2] The series, Project Shaw, presents 11 staged readings a year. Each of these staged readings are either plays by or inspired by George Bernard Shaw.[3] In 2009, Gingold Theatrical Group became the first theatre group to have produced all 65 of George Bernard Shaw's plays through Project Shaw.[4] Initially held at New York's Players' Club, the performances were moved to a larger venue at New York's Symphony Space in 2014.[5]

On January 19, 2015, Project Shaw held its 100th performance.[6] As of July 2017, 124 Project Shaw had presented 124 concert productions.[4]

Shaw New YorkEdit

In 2012, the group began to hold an annual festival called Shaw New York. Here, they produce a fully staged production, together with symposiums, concerts, and staged readings.[2] They began the annual festival with their production of Shaw's Man and Superman, which was a New York Times Critics' Pick. The play was co-produced by The Irish Repertory Theatre and was extended past its initial limited engagement.[citation needed] Since then, GTG has presented Shaw's You Never Can Tell and Major Barbara in a co-production with The Pearl Theatre, and Shaw's Widowers' Houses with The Actors Company Theatre.[citation needed]

New worksEdit

GTG currently holds two programs which focus on the development of new works. The first program, Press Cuttings, was inspired by Shaw's career. Prior to becoming a playwright, Shaw was an art critic. This programs focus was to develop the works of art critics looking to follow in Shaw's footsteps. This program led to the development of David Cote's play Otherland.[when?][where?][citation needed]

In 2017, GTG announced another program, Speakers' Corner in which a group of writers of diverse backgrounds develops new work inspired by narratives of George Bernard Shaw.[citation needed]

ResponseEdit

In New York Magazine, Jesse Green stated that "Gingold Theatrical Group provides an invaluable – and unique – service to New Yorkers. Not only does it keep topnotch productions of great works of art before the public on a regular basis as no other theater company can, but it also does something less obvious. It keeps the tradition of intelligent argument, embodied in Shaw's plays but otherwise much lacking from public discourse, alive for those who need it most: the thinking people of a great city."[7]

In a 2012 review of Man and Superman, Andy Webster of The New York Times said that Staller's "fluency is apparent. … In its intellectual energy and exhilarating vivacity, this production honors Shaw’s life force as well."[8]

Michael Musto stated, "David Staller's Project Shaw is an invaluable testament to the beauty of Shaw's work... Anyone who cares about theater and history treasures this project."[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "By George: An Interview with Project Shaw's David Staller - From the Current - The Criterion Collection". criterion.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Wendy. "The Shaw Must Go On: David Staller Makes the Case for the Writer’s Many Facets", American Theatre, November 2014, accessed 3 June 2018
  3. ^ "Project Shaw 2016 | NYC Discount Theatre Tickets | Theatre Development Fund". TDF. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  4. ^ a b Genevieve Rafter Keddy (July 18, 2017). "Photo Coverage: Project Shaw Presents Super Shaw Women". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved June 3, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Symphony Space - Project Shaw - The Devil's Disciple". symphonyspace.org. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  6. ^ "On the Occasion of The 100th Production of Gingold*Theatrical Group's Project Shaw". Theater Pizzazz. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Symphony Space - Project Shaw - Press Cuttings". symphonyspace.org. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  8. ^ "'Man and Superman' at the Irish Repertory Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 

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