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.
|Address||520 8th Avenue #304|
|Location||Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States|
|Type||Non-profit Theatre Company|
David Staller founded the group in 2006. According to Staller, the group was created as a response to the political climate of that time. Staller looked to find the author whose work made the strongest statements on human rights. He found that the English playwright and critic, George Bernard Shaw, created work that did just that. Having read the plays with close friend Hermione Gingold, for whom he named the group after, Staller was familiar with the work.
Staller began the group's work with staged readings of plays either by George Bernard Shaw, his contemporaries, or those inspired by him. He dubbed the series Project Shaw and hosted performances at New York City's The Players Club. It has since become a fully incorporated 501.c.3 nonprofit organization.
Based out of Midtown Manhattan, Gingold Theatrical Group is currently under the Artistic Direction of founding director David Staller. Stephen Brown-Fried serves as the group's Associate Director and Alyce Stark is the group's general manager.
GTG presents 11 staged readings a year. Each of these staged readings are either plays by or inspired by George Bernard Shaw. In 2009, Gingold Theatrical Group became the first theatre group to have produced all 65 of George Bernard Shaw's plays. On January 19, 2015, Project Shaw held its 100th performance. Initially held at New York's Players' Club, the performances were moved to a larger venue at New York's Symphony Space, where they have been held since the initial move in 2014.
As of July, 2017, 124 productions of Project Shaw have been presented.
Shaw New YorkEdit
In 2012, the group began to hold an annual festival called Shaw New York. Here, they put on one major production coupled by multiple events including symposiums, concerts, and staged readings. They began the annual festival with their production of Shaw's Man and Superman, which was a New York Times Critics' Pick. The production was a co-production between GTG and The Irish Repertory Theatre. It was extended past its initial limited engagement. 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.
GTG currently holds two programs which focus on the development of new works. The first program, Press Cuttings, was inspired by the career of George Bernard Shaw. 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 writer David Cote's play Otherland.
In 2017, GTG announced its second new work development program, entitled Speakers' Corner. In this program, a group of writers of diverse backgrounds develop new work inspired by narratives of George Bernard Shaw.
The work of Gingold Theatrical Group has garnered much praise. In his write-up of Project Shaw, 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."
In a review of Man and Superman, Andy Webster of the New York Times said "For years Mr. Staller hosted Project Shaw, readings at the Players Club in Gramercy Park, and his fluency is apparent...In its intellectual energy and exhilarating vivacity, this production honors Shaw’s life force as well."
In a write-up of Project Shaw, 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."
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