Gingold Theatrical Group to Present 1-Night-Only Heartbreak House Benefit Performance | Playbill

Benefits and Galas Gingold Theatrical Group to Present 1-Night-Only Heartbreak House Benefit Performance

Steven Skybell, Dakin Matthews, and more will be featured in the benefit, which is part of GTG's Project Shaw series.

Gingold Theatrical Group (GTG) has announced it will present a one-night-only benefit performance of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House. The performance will be held May 20 at 7:00 PM at Symphony Space's Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre. Stephen Brown-Fried will direct.

Heartbreak House is part of GTG's 19th season of Project Shaw, a series of script-in-hand performances inspired by Shaw's works that promote peaceful discussion and activism. Each performance includes a post-show discussion with the cast and director.

The cast will feature Robert Cuccioli (A Touch of the Poet), Carman Lacivita (To My Girls), Teresa Avia Lim (The Knight of the Burning Pestle), Patrice Johnson-Chevannes (Endgame), Dakin Matthews (Camelot), Mark Nelsen (The Orchard), Christine Pedi (SiriusXM’s On Broadway), Laila Robins (The Crowded Room), Steven Skybell (Cabaret), and Nick Wyman (Network).

Set just before World War I, Heartbreak House follows an unusual group of guests—both expected and unexpected—who interact during a charged weekend in the English countryside. Over the course of the play, each guest learns to face the future, however tumultuous it may be.

"While George Bernard Shaw was still reinventing the art of arts criticism, he was actively encouraging the playwrights of the day to write amusingly activist plays that reflected the voice and tone of their contemporary moment," GTG Artistic Director David Staller said in a statement. "He longed for someone to become the British Ibsen or Chekhov. With no takers, he finally decided to do it himself. With his Heartbreak House from 1920, he borrowed so liberally from Chekhov that he subtitled it ‘A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes.’ This always surprising and sparkling comedy of manners has never seemed timelier."

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