|Gingold Theatrical Group returns to live performance with Shaw's Mrs. Warren’s Profession, beginning October 12 at Theatre Row. Cast announced today!|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:37 am EDT 08/24/21|
|Gingold Theatrical Group
Returns to Live Performance With a Rare Revival of
Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession
Starring Robert Cuccioli, David Lee Huynh, Alvin Keith, Nicole King, Raphael Nash Thompson, and Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Warren
Directed by David Staller
Limited Off-Broadway Engagement Begins October 12th at Theatre Row
Opening Night Set for October 27th
Gingold Theatrical Group (David Staller, Artistic Director) is proud to return to live, in-person performance with a rare revival of Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Robert Cuccioli, David Lee Huynh, Alvin Keith, Nicole King, Raphael Nash Thompson, and Tony® Award winner Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Warren. Katya Collazo and Max Roll will serve as understudies. The design team will include Brian Prather, scenic design; Asa Benally, costumes; Jamie Roderick, lighting; and Frederick Kennedy, sound. April Kline will serve as production stage manager.
Directed by David Staller, this limited Off-Broadway engagement will begin performances on Tuesday October 12th at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and continue through November 20th only. Opening Night is set for Wednesday October 27th.
"The struggle for equal rights has always been the hot topic for Bernard Shaw. Mrs. Warren's Profession (1895) was considered so incendiary in its time that it was banned for years in Britain and, when it finally debuted here in New York City, the entire cast was arrested on opening night. It's not the plot point of prostitution that offended the officials, but the notion that a woman would struggle to create a successful life for herself in spite of the constraints set against her by law and society, and thrive without apology. With this, our return to Theatre Row after the COVID-19 shutdown, we have a dream cast to bring you this highly entertaining story involving a mother and daughter who, for the first time, reveal their true self to each other. The issue of women's rights, in particular, permeates all of Shaw's work and perhaps never, before or since, has this socio-political cause been more explosively examined," said GTG Artistic Director David Staller. "We feel like pioneers! Though most every other full union off-Broadway theatre company at our budget level have either postponed or cancelled their return to live performance in the autumn, we're determined to join the community full-throttle, and we plan on letting nothing stop us. All cast, staff, and audience members will be fully vaccinated and every possible safety guideline will be followed."
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 theatrical work inspired by the humanitarian and activist 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.
GTG's most recent Off-Broadway engagement, prior to the shutdown, Shaw's Caesar & Cleopatra, was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike: a New York Times Critic's Pick, Laura Collins-Hughes wrote "George Bernard Shaw's Caesar & Cleopatra, adapted and directed by David Staller, is a briskly entertaining, winningly down-to-earth revival for Gingold Theatrical Group." Terry Teachout agreed, saying in the Wall Street Journal, "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....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!" And Elysa Gardner, in New York Stage Review, added "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."
Performance schedules and ticketing information for Mrs. Warren's Profession will be forthcoming. All performances will take place at Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and Dyer Avenues). The performance will run 100 minutes, without an intermission.
For more information about Mrs. Warren's Profession or any of the programs at Gingold Theatrical Group, call 212/355-7823, email email@example.com, or visit www.gingoldgroup.org online.
Katya Collazo (understudy). Regional theater credits include: Harriet Powell, Possessing Harriet (Franklin Stage); Nurse Flinn/Sandra, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Playhouse on Park); Grace, The Resolutes (Wyoming Theater Festival); Perdita, The Winter's Tale (South Dakota Shakespeare); Other theater credits include: Lucy, Dracula (Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center), Negro-Sarah, Funnyhouse of a Negro (Actors Studio Rep); Television: "The Blacklist," "Dietland." MFA in Acting: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. www.katyacollazo.com
Robert Cuccioli (Sir George Crofts). Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (Tony® nomination, Drama Desk and OCC Awards), Les Misérables, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: And the World Goes 'Round (OCC Award), Rothschild and Sons, Jacques Brel, Bikeman, Snow Orchid, White Guy on the Bus, The White Devil, Caesar & Cleopatra. TV: "The Sinner," "White Collar," "Elementary," "Tradecraft: On The Run," "Sliders," "Baywatch," "The Guiding Light." Film: Celebrity, The Stranger, Impossible Monsters, The Rest of Us, Columbus On Trial. Regional: The Guthrie (Antony & Cleopatra), Paper Mill Playhouse (Oklahoma, Lend Me a Tenor, Jesus Christ Superstar), Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Amadeus, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Carnival, Othello), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Hamlet; Lorenzzaccio, Helen Hayes nomination), McCarter Theatre (Fiction, The School for Scandal), George Street Playhouse (The Seafarer, A Moon to Dance By), Ford's Theatre (1776, Helen Hayes nomination). www.robertcuccioli.com
David Lee Huynh (Frank Gardner). Off-Broadway credits include NAATCO's Henry VI (Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Revival), Transport Group's The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Pan Asian Repertory's No-No Boy, Classic Stage Company's Play On! Festival, and Target Margin Theatre's P*ssyc*ck Know Nothing. Regional credits include the Kennedy Center, Alley Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and American Conservatory Theatre, among others. TEDx Speaker: "Asian Enough?" Founding member of The S?ng Collective. TV/film: "Blue Bloods," "FBI," Solitary, Children of the Dust. MFA: University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program | www.davidleehuynh.com | Cho má, ba, và Katie.
Alvin Keith (Praed). Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. New York: Apollo Theater, New Worlds Theater, New Federal Theater, Primary Stages. Regional: Huntington Theater - Sweat, Shakespeare Theatre Company - The Orestia (dir. Michael Kahn), Arkansas Rep - Windfall (dir. Jason Alexander), Cincinnati Playhouse, Wooly Mammoth, St. Louis Rep, Swine Palace, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, Guthrie Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Crossroads Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Film: Don't Look Up (Netflix), Last Fair Deal, Ambition's Debt, If You Could Say It In Words, Kinsey. TV: "Modern Love," "Fosse/Verdon," "The Blacklist," "Mr. Robot," "Trial By Jury." Training: Alabama Shakespeare Festival/UA - MFA Classical Acting; Morehouse College; Public Theater - Shakespeare Lab (dir. Barry Edelstein).
Nicole King (Vivie Warren) is making her Off-Broadway debut. Theater credits include St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, King Lear; Guthrie Theater, Steel Magnolias; Syracuse Stage, Possessing Harriet (title role); Virginia Stage, The Bluest Eye; Folger Theater, Antony and Cleopatra; Hangar Theater, Shakespeare's R + J; Shakespeare Theatre Company, Macbeth. International: Shakespeare's Globe (London), A Midsummer Night's Dream. Awards: SALT "Best Leading Actress" Award in 2019. Training: B.F.A., Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Actor Training Program; Shakespeare Globe Conservatory. nicole-king.com
Max Roll (understudy) is a British actor now based in New York. Recent theatre credits include multiple Canadian productions of 2 Pianos 4 Hands, playing the role of Ted at the Chemainus Theatre Festival and the Thousand Islands Playhouse, and the role of Richard at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Other credits include: Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (RBL Theatre), The Great Gatsby (UK National Tour), Family Furniture (US Regional Premiere, White Heron Theatre), Redrum (Studio 54), Romeo and Juliet and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (u/s Yale Rep). At Yale: Angels in America, The Seagull, Antony and Cleopatra, Sunday in the Park with George and King Lear, amongst others. Multiple new play works at YSD and Yale Cabaret.. Max can also be heard narrating several audio books, including Stefanie Zweig's Oscar nominated Nowhere in Africa and the sequel Somewhere in Germany. Max is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Raphael Nash Thompson (Reverend Samuel Gardner) previously appeared with GTG in Heartbreak House. Other Off-Broadway credits include: F*cking A (Signature Theatre); Pericles (dir. Trevor Nunn, Theatre for a New Audience); Every Day a Visitor (Clurman Theatre); Volpone, The Witch of Edmonton, Edward II (Red Bull Theater). Regional: Miss You Like Hell (Center Stage), The Guard (City Theatre), All the Days (McCarter Theatre), Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre Company and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), Electra (Hartford Stage), Paul Robeson (TheaterWorks), Ajax (dir. Peter Sellars, American National Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Wilma Theatre). Film: Searching for Bobby Fischer, Kiss of Death, Clockers. TV: "Search Party," "Elementary," "Ed," "Third Watch," "Soul Food."
Karen Ziemba (Mrs. Kitty Warren) previously appeared with GTG in Heartbreak House. She received the Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For some of her other theatre appearances she's garnered three Tony Award® nominations, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Bay Area Theatre Critics, and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards. Select theatre credits: Much Ado About Nothing, Six Degrees of Separation, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Sylvia, Other People's Money, Prince of Broadway, Curtains, Steel Pier, Crazy For You, Never Gonna Dance, Kid Victory, And the World Goes 'Round, Chicago, 110 In the Shade, Do I Hear A Waltz, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd. TV: "Madam Secretary," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "Law and Order C.I" & "S.V.U.," "The Kennedy Center Honors," and PBS' "Great Performances."
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