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GTG celebrates The Bard’s birthday with an all star virtual bash featuring Tyne Daly, Melissa Errico, Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins, Renee Taylor & more
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:35 pm EDT 04/11/21

Gingold Theatrical Group
Celebrates The Bard's Birthday With A Virtual Birthday Bash!

SHAKESPEARE SONNET SLAM
Featuring An All Star Company Including
Stephen Brown-Fried, Robert Cuccioli, Tyne Daly, George Dvorsky, Melissa Errico, Alison Fraser, Tom Hewitt, Daniel Jenkins, John-Andrew Morrison, Patrick Page, Maryann Plunkett, Tonya Pinkins, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, Renee Taylor, Jon Patrick Walker, and More

FREE - Online Friday April 23rd at 6PM EDT

David Staller, Artistic Director of Gingold Theatrical Group, today announced that in honor of Shakespeare's birthday, GTG would celebrate with a SHAKESPEARE SONNET SLAM live online on Friday April 23rd at 6PM EDT. FREE! Livestream on the GTG Facebook page.

Join Gingold Theatrical Group and an all-star company including Stephen Brown-Fried, Robert Cuccioli, Tyne Daly, George Dvorsky, Melissa Errico, Alison Fraser, Tom Hewitt, Daniel Jenkins, John-Andrew Morrison, Patrick Page, Maryann Plunkett, Tonya Pinkins, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, Renee Taylor, Jon Patrick Walker, and more, for a virtual open mic! Come as you are and share what you'd like: a Shakespeare Sonnet or quote or a song based on a Sonnet! This is a birthday party! Not a fundraiser!

Join Gingold's extended family for a Bard's Birthday Bash party! Throughout the evening, members of that extended family will join in and volunteer offerings of favorite Shakespeare's Sonnets and Sonnet-inspired work, too! We ask that you kindly keep it to under 3 minutes, so we may hear from as many guests as possible. Register before 4pm on April 22nd! If you just want to watch the livestream on Facebook, toast, and add good vibes to the room, that's more than welcome, too. Just a chance to raise a glass and cut the cake!

"We're eager to celebrate as much as we can with whatever we can these days," said Mr. Staller, "and since nobody has contributed more to the world of the theatre than William Shakespeare, we're going to celebrate like mad. He wrote more than 150 magnificent sonnets and I doubt we'll get through them all but we'll give it our best shot. Speaking of shot, we're celebrating getting those, too!"

Dedicated to championing human rights and free speech with the humanitarian activism of George Bernard Shaw as guide, Gingold Theatrical Group's Project Shaw made history in December 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). Now celebrating its 16th year, they are now also including plays 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. GTG's other programs include its new play development and educational programs. For those interested in lively off-site discourses, each Project Shaw event is followed by a talk-back with cast members. GTG's David Staller and GTG Associate Director Ilana Becker also host Speakers' Corner which brings together six to ten writers each year who will spend the year exploring a specific Shaw play and writing new work in response to that text.

GTG's highly acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement of Shaw's beloved almost historical comedy Caesar & Cleopatra at Theatre Row, hailed as a New York Times Critic's Pick, was named Best Classical Production in Terry Teachout's year-end recap of the best theater of 2019 for The Wall Street Journal: "David Staller and the Gingold Theatrical Group nailed it for the second year in a row with another insufficiently appreciated play by George Bernard Shaw, this time a small-scale off-Broadway staging of Caesar and Cleopatra that brought a rarely seen show to persuasive life." In his review in The Wall Street Journal he declared "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!"

For more information about all the programs of Gingold Theatrical Group, including the acclaimed Project Shaw, contact 212-355-7823 or info@gingoldgroup.org, or visit online at www.gingoldgroup.org.
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