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Last Chance to see the New York Times Critic’s Pick, Gingold Theatrical Group's acclaimed production of Shaw's Caesar & Cleopatra - Thru Saturday only
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:01 pm EDT 10/08/19

Last Chance
to See the New York Times Critic’s Pick,
Gingold Theatrical Group's Acclaimed Production of
Shaw's Caesar & Cleopatra
Directed by David Staller

Jeff Applegate, Rajesh Bose, Brenda Braxton, Robert Cuccioli, Dan Domingues, Jonathan Hadley, and Teresa Avia Lim Star in This New Adaptation of Shaw’s Beloved Comedy

Production to Be Filmed by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on Film and Tape Archive

Limited Off-Broadway Engagement Must End October 12th

The Gingold Theatrical Group (David Staller, Artistic Director) acclaimed production of Shaw’s beloved almost historical comedy Caesar & Cleopatra at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) continue through Saturday October 12th only.

The production will be filmed on October 11th to be preserved for posterity and added to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT). Since 1970, the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT), part of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Billy Rose Theatre Division, has preserved live theatrical productions and documented the creative contributions of distinguished artists and legendary figures of the theatre. These recordings have revolutionized theatre research, ensuring that today's performances will be tomorrow's legacy, available to future generations for study and inspiration. With the consent and cooperation of the theatrical unions and guilds and each production's artistic collaborators, TOFT produces video recordings of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions as well as dialogues between notable theatre personalities. Today, TOFT includes more than 8,000 recordings which may be viewed for free with a New York Public Library card. For more information, please visit nypl.org/lpa.

Critics and audiences alike have acclaimed:
New York Times Critic's Pick: “In George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar & Cleopatra, adapted and directed by David Staller in a briskly entertaining, winningly down-to-earth revival for Gingold Theatrical Group, the young queen of Egypt is charming in her naïveté. Teresa Avia Lim digs into this role with a vengeance, delivering a smartly calibrated comic performance. Robert Cuccioli makes an appealingly unaffected Caesar. This sensitively streamlined production, at Theater Row, is a friendly affair, thanks partly to the narration added by Mr. Staller and delivered with subdued majesty by Brenda Braxton.” - Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times
“As always, Mr. Staller, who knows more about Shaw than anyone else in America, gets it right, situating the action of the play in a modern-day archaeological dig and keeping the costumes simple and the diction crisp and clear. Mr. Cuccioli tosses off his epigrams (‘The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it’) with a light, dry touch, while Ms. Lim, who is a terrific find, starts off as Lolita, gradually turning under Caesar’s tutelage into a grown woman who has tasted the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and isn’t sure she likes it. ...all the more reason to cheer David Staller’s splendid new adaptation of one of Shaw’s most glittering, least Shakespearean conversation pieces. This is the third of Mr. Staller’s small-scale Gingold Theatrical Group productions to be presented off Broadway at Theatre Row. It follows in the wake of his all-but-flawless 2018 Heartbreak House, an uncommonly hard act to follow, and leaves nothing whatsoever to be desired. May his Shaw stagings become annual events!” – Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
“The play is a reflection of its own time, not that of its subjects …Lim and Cuccioli are both excellent, and their affectionate yet competitive chemistry is thoroughly delightful; that their lives are destined to end in violence injects a note of inescapable pathos into the generally comical proceedings.” - Regina Robbins, Time Out NY
“What makes Gingold Theatrical Group artistic director David Staller‘s new adaptation of Caesar and Cleopatra so delightful, though, is how deftly he and his splendid cast bring these historical figures and others down to earth, without downplaying the moral questions that inform the work—about authority, vengeance, temperance and love. Cutting minor characters and revising some of the text to accommodate buoyant, contemporary touches, the director addresses these forever topical concerns while sustaining a playful, mischievous spirit that would have likely pleased the author.” - Elysa Gardner, New York Stage Review

Artistic Director David Staller directs a cast that features Jeff Applegate (National Tours of Mamma Mia!, Cheers: Live on Stage) as Rufio, Rajesh Bose (Henry VI, The Seagull – NAATCO, Pygmalion - Bedlam) as Pothinus, Brenda Braxton (Broadway: Chicago, Smokey Joe's Café - Tony Award nomination, Jelly's Last Jam, Cats, Legs Diamond) as Ftatateeta, Robert Cuccioli (Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde - Tony Award nomination, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Les Miserables) as Caesar, Dan Domingues (Wild Goose Dreams - Public Theater; The Undertaking - The Civilians; To The Bone - Cherry Lane; The Jammer, The Cherry Orchard - Atlantic Theater) as Apolldorus, Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: Jersey Boys; Finian's Rainbow - Irish Rep; A Class Act – MTC; The Bodyguard The Musical, Into the Woods - National Tours; Widowers' Houses – GTG/TACT, Rothschild & Sons - York Theatre) as Britannus, and Teresa Avia Lim (Junk - Lincoln Center Theater; The Moors - Playwrights Realm; The Taming of the Shrew - Public Theater/Delacorte, Awake and Sing! - NAATCO) as Cleopatra.

One of Shaw’s most famous and least known plays, this remarkable comedy hasn’t been given a full NYC production in over 40 years! As an early draft of the Eliza/Higgins relationship in Shaw’s Pygmalion, this highly entertaining play boldly addresses women’s rights, gender roles, empowering the disenfranchised, and being an active and contributive member of the community. In this delightful fantasy, Shaw dares us to imagine how theatrically magical the past might have been!

Inspired by the artistry and activism of George Bernard Shaw, the Gingold Theatrical Group creates theatre and theatre-related programs that promote Shaw’s humanitarian ideals including universal human rights, the freedom of thought and speech, and the equality of all living beings. Programs include full Off-Broadway productions as part of the Shaw New York annual festival, the Project Shaw monthly reading series, outreach and education programs, as well as the cultivation of new plays through GTG’s Speakers’ Corner writers’ group. All of GTG’s programming is designed to inspire lively discussion and peaceful activism with issues related to human rights, the freedom of speech, and individual liberty. This was the purpose behind all of Shaw’s work and why GTG chose him as the guide toward helping create a more tolerant and inclusive world through the exploration of the Arts.

Founded in 2006 by David Staller, GTG has carved a permanent niche for the work of George Bernard Shaw within the social and cultural life of New York City, and, through the Project Shaw reading series made history in 2009 as the first company ever to present performances of every one of Shaw's 65 plays (including full-length works, one-acts and sketches). GTG brings together performers, critics, students, academics and the general public with the opportunity to explore and perform Shaw’s work and to create new work based on the values that Shaw championed. Through performances, symposiums, educational programs, new play development, and outreach, GTG encourages all people to rejoice in the possibilities of the future.

Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw made history in 2009 as the first company ever to present performances of every one of Shaw's 65 plays (including full-length works, one-acts and sketches). Since 2013, they also present works by writers who share Shaw’s activist socio-political views embracing human rights and free speech, including work by Chekhov, Ibsen, Elizabeth Robins, Rachel Crothers, Pinero, Wilde, Barrie, and Harley Granville-Barker. The 14th season of Project Shaw will continue with continue with Scintillating Shaw Symposium with an international panel on September 23rd, Shaw’s Arms and the Man on October 28th, followed by The Play’s The Thing by Ferenc Molnar on November 18th, ending the season with I’ll Leave It To You by Noel Coward on December 16th. As this is Noel Coward’s actual birthday, GTG will offer premium seating including a post-show holiday party, which will feature Cocktails and Coward's music! [*]

Remaining performances for Caesar & Cleopatra will be Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday evenings at 8pm, and matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2pm. All performances will take place at Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues). The performance runs 2 hours, including intermission.

Tickets for Caesar & Cleopatra are $69 (including theater restoration fee) and can be purchased online at Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Theatre Row Box Office.

For more information about Caesar & Cleopatra or any of the programs at Gingold Theatrical Group, call 212/355-7823, email info@gingoldgroup.org, or visit www.gingoldgroup.org online.


[*] All titles are subject to change.
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